To be gifted with an awesome, jaw-dropping, fascinating voice is one of the many wishes of the young child who loves music and admires music stars. To be called on stage to sing your heart out to the admiration of the audience and virtually the whole world via the internet is an honor most artistes don’t take lightly. Apart from the display of the vocal wow-factor on stage, the fame that comes along with it looks very enticing. Fans requesting for selfies and autographs wherever you go can make you feel good about yourself even if you are not having a very good day. To be seen as the role model for the young and old alike feels like being crowned most influential. To be celebrated as a star has its numerous benefits: endorsement deals, honorary degrees, exclusive features on renowned magazines and interviews on primetime TV are just but a few of them.
To have gifted hands in the kitchen should not be underestimated by all means! In Ghana, families consider their daughter ready for marriage when her culinary skills as good enough not to embarrass them in their in-law’s house among other home management abilities. No level of education of corporate position comes close to the qualification of how tasty your food is. Hence when I watch western movies where wives or women in general are portrayed to be poor cooks and they laugh over it as if it’s the 21st century norm, I find it a bit odd. When a man says to his guest that his wife doesn’t know how to cook, that is not a compliment or is it now?
I love music and I enjoy singing along when my favorite tunes are being played out loud but I don’t think singing is my dominant strength. Apart from the goodies one has to sacrifice so as to maintain a smooth voice like chilled water (something I can’t live without), I don’t have the poise to sing in front of people without ‘burning’ the song to ashes. I admire amazing singers like the late Whitney Houston, Adele, Darlene Zschech, Carrie Underwood, Fred Hammond and I will cheer for them any day but to sing like an opera star is not one of my strengths. I know the big names in the music industry didn’t make it on their talent alone; they worked hard to sharpen their skills and their diligence paid off. But that isn’t something I was cut out to do.
But as for cooking, I wouldn’t mind being amazingly great at it. Since I love food have a healthy appetite, it would be fun and self-fulfilling to be cook up amazing food for my ever-appreciative taste buds. At least whiles I’m at it, I don’t have to have an audience watching me turning the kitchen upside down. All that is important is that the food is ready and it looks, smells and taste great.
So, I’d go for cooking like a gourmet chef any day.
Would you rather sing your lungs out or whip up dishes in a fab way? Do share, I want to know!
Josephine Amoako © 2016