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American Idol – I have the courage to try – at least in dreams

Updated on November 17, 2016

I believe I can fly

The story and poem of a young singer’s desire and journey to sing in a school talent show and desire to one day sing on American Idol.


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Zane was Prince Charming in Madrigal
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For years, every Wednesday I would pick up my two grandsons and take them to my house for a couple of hours, and on the way to my house, we would sing, making up the songs on the way.

Zane my youngest grandson was the one who liked to sing, and I will always remember. He was about five years old and, one day when he stood on my cocktail table with my microphone in his hand and proclaimed: “I’m going to be a rock star, and change my name to Rocky!” I laughed and told him that I like Zane better. He said then I won’t change my name, and proceeded to sing I believe I can fly. I don't know if the words were the same ones written by the song writer.


The poem in fact:

© by Shyron Shenko

Zane came home from school and asked his dad

Do you know? I want to be in a talent show.

And I really want to know if you would go.

His dad said, son, I did not even know that you could sing


Then come and watch me do my thing

To sing before my whole school is my biggest dream

As he walked out on the stage, you’d think he was the king

When all the little girls began to yell and scream


Singing in the talent show

Zane had realized his biggest dream, got his Honor Society certificate, graduated grammar school and middle school and went to high school where he joined the Coffee House Choir. And, many times a year we went to hear him sing, in musical plays.

Marcus Idol Tryout

I can go the distance at the Coffe House

Troublemakers Final at the Coffee House

The poem in fiction

Zane arrived on the scene

On American Idol to fulfill his dream

And came face to face with thousands of contestants

And most of them with guitars


He thought, are we not here to sing?

As he heard another guitar pling

Where everyone is here to do their own thing

And one by one they left the scene


Just before they put him in the box

To wait for the audition knock

Zane fell down on my knees

Praying God, please, please


Singing in front of these three

He was nervous as could be

To stand before Harry, Keith, J-lo and sing

Is his greatest dream


Then came the knock, and it was fine

Zane stood there and sang his lines

As they said in unison

Sorry baby, not this time


But, you don’t understand

To sing in front of the three of you

Has been my greatest dream

Please give me one more try I ask of you


Then, knock, knock, knock

Zane awoke with a sigh

Could that be for one more try

With another sigh he looked at the clock


Zane, if you don’t get up

You will be late for school

Sorry to wake you from your American Idol Dream

But first you must learn the golden rule.

© 2014 Shyron E Shenko

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      Shyron E Shenko 5 months ago from Texas

      It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare; it is because we do not dare that they are difficult.

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      Shyron E Shenko 12 months ago from Texas

      Au fait, thank you so much for coming to hear Zane sing, and thank you for the comment and for sharing. He is an awesome person and I miss him very much.

      Blessings and Hugs

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      Shyron E Shenko 12 months ago from Texas

      Au fait, I appreciate the comments and sharing.

      Funny thing, when children grow up they forget about the people who love them the most. I see from his fb page he is still into music, in college and hopefully doing good, which I have no doubt.

      I am so disappointed that American Idol is no more. I sent a DVD of this hub to J.Lo, but have no Idea if she saw it. I think if she did she would have wanted him to be an Idol contestant. But now that hope is gone with end of Idol.

      Hope all is well with you, Blessings and hugs dear friend.

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      C E Clark 12 months ago from North Texas

      Got the urge to hear Zane sing again. Wonder how he's doing with that these days? Sharing this again.

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      Shyron E Shenko 19 months ago from Texas

      Patricia, thank you for the compliment, comments, sharing, tweeting and special thanks for the Angels, which will return with blessings and hugs from me to you. I am praying that all my grandson's dreams come true also. He is such a special young man. He is doing well in college.

      Blessings and hugs dear friend sent to you by returning Angels.

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      Shyron E Shenko 19 months ago from Texas

      Au fait, thank you for the sharing and the comments.

      Yes my grandson tried out for everything and is doing well in college.

      Walter did not have anything done yesterday, there were some complications, when we got to the hospital and we left and he went back to his doctor's office.

      The council meeting was a total fiasco that would rival any school yard bulling.

      I hope you have a day that is perfect and cool, Blessings and hugs my dear friend.

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      Patricia Scott 19 months ago from sunny Florida

      If dreams made it so....awesome awesome Shyron.

      What a voice...it was so lovely to watch each video and see him change and grow and hear his amazing voice sharing the beautiful gift he has

      May all of his dreams come true.

      Angels are on the way to you this morning ps

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      C E Clark 19 months ago from North Texas

      I'm wondering if your grandson has tried out for one of the talent contests yet? I wish him well if and when he does.

      Sharing this of course.

      Hope we get that cool front that is promised for tonight! Hoping you've had a good day too, and that Walter and John are both the best they can be. Blessings and hugs . . .

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      Shyron E Shenko 23 months ago from Texas

      Thank you Kevin, yes it is real, he came home one day and asked his dad if he would come to school and hear him sing and that was the beginning.

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      The Examiner-1 23 months ago

      It was real? Judging by the poem I simply thought it was all dreams. Great for him!

      Kevin

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      Shyron E Shenko 23 months ago from Texas

      Kevin, thank you for the comment, compliment, pin, Up votes and for sharing.

      I sent this to J-Lo to get Zane an audition. But it does not matter, he is still singing and going to college to become a pediatrician.

      He will be fine and if he becomes famous in the music world , it will be because it is meant to be.

      Blessings and Hugs dear friend.

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      The Examiner-1 23 months ago

      Lovely Shyron and he had a wonderful voice. It is too bad that all of it was just a dream. I think that the first video solo was where he sounded the best. That group in the last one youcould not hear his voice. I voted up, shared and pinned it.

      Kevin

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      Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago from Texas

      My Esoteric, thank you for your comments, you are so appreciated. I use to sing, and still do around the house to hubby. I hope you still sing. Singing and laughter is the music of the soul.

      I sent the link to this hub to J-Lo, at the e-mail address to get an audition for Idol. He is now in college and wants to be a doctor.

      When Zane was about four he stood on my coffee table and was singing and the rest of us were instruments and he announced "someday I am going to be a rock star and change my name to Rocky," I told him, I like Zane better than Rocky.

      I don't think that submitting the video was a stupid thing, I think it is exciting, and interesting.

      Keep on singing and doing things that may seem stupid but that keep things interesting.

      Blessings and Hugs my dear friend.

      Shyron

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      Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago from Texas

      Au fait, thank you for the comment and sharing.

      I have not talked to him lately, kids forget grans as soon as they go off to college. That is where he is, up in your neck of the woods. I think he likes to sing, but he wants to be a pediatrician.

      No, hubby and I are never prepared for this awful weather, and I hope you are coping with it.

      Blessings and hugs

      Shyron

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      My Esoteric 2 years ago from Keystone Heights, FL

      Ahhh, Dreams, such wonderful things; especially when some of them come true. Always wanted to sing myself, 50 years later I took the plunge (I am very introverted) and started singing karaoke.

      My grandson's middle name is also Zane, but no desire to sing that I can see.

      On the high hopes category, I did submit a video to Survivor about 9 years ago; never heard back from them, thankfully ... sometimes I do really stupid things, lol.

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      C E Clark 2 years ago from North Texas

      Seeing this article makes me wonder if your grandson still has his dream and is he still working towards it? I hope so, because it isn't the most beautiful or the smartest or richest people who succeed, it is those people who don't give up who succeed. So even though he is beautiful and smart, he has to keep at it because that is the secret.

      Sharing as always.

      Hope you and hubby are prepared for the awful weather that is to arrive tomorrow and hang around for several days, icy cold day and night. Blessings and hugs. Hope you are both well.

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      Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago from Texas

      Rozalyn, I would love to hear about your adventures on the road, what kind of music you played and sang, do you have lots of pictures. Can't wait to read about you experiences.

      Please tell us.

      Blessings and thank you for the comments.

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      Rozalyn Winters 2 years ago

      Well... I guess the usual stuff: drunks dancing on tables, traveling in snowstorms on New Years Eve, and bizarre P.A. malfunctions at awful moments (it happens to all of us).

      Once I played completely deaf for most of a set (10 songs). I had no monitors to my keyboards, and could not hear myself playing, whatsoever. Since I needed to be relatively low in the mix, the big speakers pointed outward weren't enough; so I had to play by sight and touch alone, while the P.A. guy tried to figure it out. That was an adventure! lol At least I could hear myself singing, for the most part.

      Nonetheless, it's still worth it. Even famous performers experience these kinds of things. :-)

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      Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago from Texas

      Rozalyn, thank you for your comment. I would guess you have a lot of interesting stories to tell about your days of performing.

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      Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago from Texas

      Au fait, thank you for the comment. I hope he does not give up, but I know right now he is applying for college and I know he has not made up his mind as to what he wants to do with his life. I know I will be proud of him, whatever he does.

      Yes I slept well. Glad to hear that you did also.

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      Rozalyn Winters 2 years ago

      He has a great voice--nice range--solid tenor. I loved the Baba O'Riley... You know, performing professionally on a local basis is a good gig. We did well--the money was fine. We didn't become famous, but we were still doing the music we loved and being paid for it.

      Today, I teach music and still have the joy of doing what I truly love. I hope that Zane considers local performance during his college days. It's a good source of income and you never know what it will lead to. :-) Great hub!

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      C E Clark 2 years ago from North Texas

      Some of the most talented people who eventually became stars had a long arduous journey to success. There are lots of talented people out there and only so many jobs so one must compete. As with most things, it isn't the intelligence or talent of most people that takes them to the top, but their determination to keep trying and not give up.

      If show business is his dream, I hope Zane will keep trying, just like the tortoise never gave up. Voted up and BAUI. Pinned to AH and shared.

      I got the best sleep I've had in ages. Hope you did too!

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      Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago from Texas

      John, Zane is talented and getting better every day. I just sent the link to my hub to American Idol, but don't know if they will play it.

      I wish your son had won, I do hope he is still singing. Thank you so very much for the up vote.

      Blessings to you my friend.

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      It sounds like your grandson Zane is very talented Shyron. Maybe he should try out for American Idol one year. My son Jared auditioned for Australian Idol about 10 years ago, but didn't make it past the auditions. At least he can say he tried and it was an exciting experience. Voted up.

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      Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago from Texas

      Au fait, thank you for your comments, votes, sharing and pinning, I really appreciate you, and most of all thank you for being my friend.

      Yes Zane has a good voice and he is very special person, and not just because he is my grandson.

      Shyron

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      C E Clark 3 years ago from North Texas

      Zane has a good voice and he's so talented, I just wanted to stop in and give him another listen. Voting this up and AI, pinning to Awesome Hubpages, and will share!

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      Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago from Texas

      Thank you Nell, for the compliments and comments, I feel the same way about him, He is a special person. I have another one that he sang for his sister's wedding that made everyone cry, I will add it when I find it. He will start college in the fall.

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      Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

      Oh my God! That brought tears to my eyes! how beautiful! what a lovely voice, and that bit of music when he sings'I will follow you into the Dark' Wow wow wow! if he was on any talent show in England he would win it hands down! he should stick to this sort of song, and he will go a long way! loved it, and tell him not to give up on it, but sing songs like that, it was awesome!

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      Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago from Texas

      Au fait, thank you again for the compliments. It is funny these videos may even be a surprise to Zane. I did the video, and put a couple on Youtube and his dad put some on Youtube.

      I have not heard about Pinterest. I am sure they will come back. Maybe they are looking for a way to charge us for each pin.

      Thank you for the up votes and sharing. You know that I appreciate you.

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      C E Clark 3 years ago from North Texas

      Excellent poemmanship as always. Really enjoyed the videos, which I have seen before, but they are always a pleasure to hear. Zane has a good voice and I hope he realizes his dream.

      Voted up, interesting, and awesome. Sharing. (I'd pin it, but as you have probably already heard, Pinterest has removed all HP pins and disallows any new ones. They don't like us.)

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      Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago from Texas

      Faith, I am so glad that you like this, thank you for your comments. I really appreciate you.

      God Bless you also.

      shyron

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Oh, I love this ...very clever indeed. Up and more and sharing. Blessings, Faith Reaper

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      Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago from Texas

      Thank you Peggy, for your comment which are so appreciated. Yes he is brave with a heart of gold.

      I appreciate you.

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      Peg Cole 3 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      What a very brave and talented young man. It takes so much courage to stand before your peers and demonstrate what you hold in your dreams.

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      Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago from Texas

      Thank you, I really appreciate you compliment and comment.

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      The Stages Of ME 3 years ago

      Shyron ~

      Beautiful hub and poem, there is a little Zane in each of us. I was blessed to fall into a dream such as this and sang professionally for a few years in my college days and after. The competition is so much greater today, but the dream is still attainable with heart. Blessing and great hub

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      Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago from Texas

      Bill, you are right, I have found such wonderful friends on here.

      But, Zane will realize his dream, whether he sings on Idol or not. His plan is to become a Pediatrician. He will graduate this year and has a 4.0 GPA. I need to call his to find out his SAT scores. I am so proud of him.

      Thank you Bill for your comments.

      I really appreciate you.

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      Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago from Texas

      Devika, thank you for your comment, I really appreciate you.

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      Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago from Texas

      Devika, thank you for your comment, I really appreciate you.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Very clever my friend. If I was everything I was in my dreams I would not know any of you....and what a shame that would be. :)

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      I have the courage to try – at least in dreams is an encouraging hub with great spirits.

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