September 29, 2014



Madeleine made her way into the world with a splash. Born at home in a rush, her dramatic beginning was just a foreshadowing of an entire childhood painted by a natural zazzle, joy, and penchant for drama. It has been a delight to be her mama--we are almost exact opposites, she and I, so seeing the world through her eyes has opened me to all sorts of new paths and puzzles.

I grew up in Santa Monica with a brother as an actor, a grandpa as a prop master, and Hollywood all around me. I suppose in response to all of that glitter--because I'm an earthy kind of girl--we deliberately kept Madeleine away from casting directors and baby photo shoots. We knew she'd do well there, but we wanted opportunities to come to her through her own desires and choices, not through ours or any other grown up's agenda. By the age of 13 we couldn't deny that the performing path was finding her despite our shrugged shoulders. We prayed a lot, and let things unfold in a slow, easy sort of way...

Fastforward to 17 and that zazzled, joyful, dramatic child is still very visible, except she no longer wears pig tails or tattered princess dresses.

Watching your kids work hard, reach for their dreams, stretch themselves, make goals, and pray a lot. Well, what else is there when you're a mama? So today we're celebrating Madeleine. Because she deserves it. For two years, she and her duet partner, Erik Ireland Olsen, have been writing music, working on their sound, working on their sound some more, performing at small venues, soliciting criticism, recording, and re-recording. These two are no quitters. And this last week a major hurdle was accomplished--the release of their first EP, and a concert they orgnaized themselves to celebrate and show their stuff to the community that has supported them all these years.

Three hundred people showed up. Erik and Madeleine sang their hearts out and proved that they are more than ready for whatever that next step might be. Their website is in the works, and they are hoping to release yet another song come summer, and maybe put together a small tour. Right now Mad is back to the everyday high school mix, juggling tutoring younger students, applying at colleges, working on her own class assignments, making sure her room remains a GIANT mess, and generally just being an everyday, delightful young woman. 

Bravo, Mad! I love you, sweet girl...

Published: September 29, 2014 | Filed under: You

Comments (4)
Christina said:
September 29, 2014 @ 1:46 PM

That was a lovely night! We are so happy for you all! And my daughter has a lovely new role model, and a big smile whenever she mentions her. :)

Molly said:
September 29, 2014 @ 5:08 PM

Bravo to you as well, Jane, for being a supportive, prayerful, creative, encouraging mother! Your beautiful inside and out, and very talented, daughter is blessed to have you cheering her on. I am excited for all of you!

Steve Robinson said:
October 1, 2014 @ 4:12 PM

Congrats to Erik and Madeleine (and to Mom)! There is nothing better for a parent than to see their children stretch toward a dream... even if, in the end, it leads to places no one imagined. It doesn't matter what our kids "do" as long as they stay "delightful". :)

Kh. Tammy said:
October 7, 2014 @ 12:02 PM

Encore!!!! Beautiful Madeleine....always reach for the stars! The apple doesn't fall far from the tree. :) God bless you all!

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