Tuesday, September 23, 2014

For This Musician, Living Life To The Fullest Meant Leaving The City Of Her Dreams

After years of trying in San Francisco and LA I found the struggle wasn't worth the pain and Dallas is an easier place to live.  Now if we can just down size out of the huge place we were sold on when moving here the journey to finding the right level to live in comfort while enjoying something described by a Swedish word "Lagom." Lagom is associated with moderation, the word means not too much, not too little, but just the right amount. It typically refers to the etiquette of taking your share. 

From Huffington Post:  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/09/18/letting-go_n_5812598.html

By 09/18/2014

For 23 years, Barbara Bentree made Los Angeles her home, thriving on the bustle of city life.
A singer who studied music education in college, Bentree moved to California in her early 20s with, as she put it, "stars in her eyes." She found work teaching in private schools, and in her spare time performed in one-woman shows, sang on various studio recordings and even appeared as a singer in several episodes of TV shows, including "Ally McBeal," "Days of Our Lives" and "Wings." Through teaching, she began to forge connections with people in the production world, and was soon being referred to work with children in the entertainment industry.

"I was young and single and really excited about being in a big metropolitan area," Bentree said of those early years in Los Angeles. "To participate in movies and television was very, very exciting."
Eventually, Bentree was recruited to work on "The Mickey Mouse Club" TV show as a music producer, auditioning and helping to train Mouseketeers, including famous alums Christina Aguilera and Britney Spears. She worked in various production and music director roles for big networks, like Disney, and eventually met and fell in love with her husband, John Rangel, a pianist and composer, who relocated to Los Angeles from Florida in the early 90s to be closer to her. They married two years ago, after decades together.

The couple lived along the city's striking coastline, in beachfront areas such as Pacific Palisades and Malibu -- which were "wonderful" and "beautiful," Bentree said, but very expensive. To keep up with the cost of their rented apartment, Bentree worked on several projects that were lucrative, but not artistically satisfying.

"When I was young and inexperienced, all of the TV and movie work was lucrative and exciting," she said, but gigs as a studio singer crooning commercial jingles for cat food companies became less and less appealing. At one point, she looked at her life and realized she was spending 10 hours a week in the car, commuting back and forth to work on a particular project.

"It was a little nutty, and there was a lot of running around," Bentree said. "When I turned 50, I started to have this feeling of, 'Los Angeles is not the town for me to grow old in.'"

Continue reading at:  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/09/18/letting-go_n_5812598.html

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