'I feel great singing and looking at people smiling'
Raymond Miranda has a musical talent he shares with his family and, the local and military community.
Since he was 10 years old, the Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Marianas Supervisory Management Analyst developed an interest and hobby from music, picking up styles of music he grew up listening to.
“Even at a young age, I loved to hear music from (the) Supremes, Beatles, Carpenters and my most favorite Barry Manilow.”
Later, he joined a band and performed anywhere from three to four times per week, singing in clubs throughout the island. Miranda said when he performed, he felt like a totally different person.
“I feel great singing and looking at people smiling,” he said. “They appreciate it.”
Miranda also shared his talents with the military community, performing for Navy events such as change of commands, retirement ceremonies and the Navy ball among others.
Though now Miranda performs only occasionally, as a father he has passed his music to his children who have flourished under their father’s encouragement.
“I had nothing to do with it,” he said. “I happened to be driving and I heard my son Shaun sing a few tunes at the age of four. So I signed him up for vocal lessons. The instructor told me that he has a potential to be a great singer, and that he did.”
Whenever he could afford, Miranda would buy his sons instruments they liked, allowing his sons to follow their interest as he followed his.
“(Nothing is) so important than the feeling of just singing and doing music together and enjoying it,” he said.
According to Miranda music is a therapeutic outlet.
“Music to me builds my inner soul,” he said. “I enjoy doing it and I also get a sense of reward when I do sing.”
Miranda also shares his talents with his local community, performing with his church choir.
“There was a time as a young boy, being the altar server for the church, I would ask the priest, ‘when do you know when you have a calling?’” he said. “I later realized that my calling was my singing. When I sing at church, the congregation would say to me that the songs I sing lifted them and that to me is the most gratifying.”