NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - For years, Miki Lynn has been helping those less fortunate get their dream home as the Executive Director for Habitat for Humanity in Nacogdoches.
Now, the humble woman is getting a chance of a lifetime with a trip to Italy to debut her secret skill of music.
"I've been singing for a number of years, performing and teaching is one of my great joys. I teach here at Encore Music [in Nacogdoches] and I teach a number of different instruments and vocal lessons," Lynn said.
With her hands wrapped around the neck of a guitar, Lynn strums effortlessly as she talks about her life. Lynn says she grew up in a poor neighborhood and that's why she wanted to get involved with Habitat for Humanity, but growing up in a Celtic traditional family taught her the value of music.
"I really enjoy the old folk songs—old folk singers; what we might call primitive music or what the industry is calling roots music or Americana music," Lynn said. "Whether it's blues, or country; the older, the better really--Celtic music. But, I really like some of the new things, as well. Some of the new acts that are coming out are very creative and anything that is a little different and a little experimental; I like that."
When Lynn isn't at the office, she is at Encore Music teaching kids and adults how to play different instruments.
"I just try to teach them as much as I know. The real joy for me is when the student outgrows me and needs to learn more that I can teach them and I can send them onto a teacher at a higher level," Lynn said.
She says right now her favorite instrument to play is the mountain dulcimer, which is a fretted string instrument that has about three or four strings.
"There's a great wealth of really fine musicians in this area. Some of them are traditional musicians and some of them are more in the mainstream, but all of them have this wonderful sense of the social aspect of music," Lynn said. "The ability to get together and play and share music and have it developed through the relationships of the people and I really love that."
Lynn says she enjoys teaching because she's able to transfer her passion for music to others.
"You can sometimes see a light come on for them. Either they finally understand something they've been struggling with or even better if they just lose themselves in the music and they are not thinking about it at all anymore," Lynn said. "They are just really expressing their feelings through the music and that's great because if you have that then you'll be able to do whatever you want to with music. You'll find other opportunities to learn more. It's not limited to what I can teach, it's only limited by their desire to follow up on it."
Lynn will be traveling to Florence and Arrezzo, Italy in May to perform for various artists. She says she might even get to perform at churches, which will be a great experience for her since she grew up singing gospel music in church.