Blackmon expresses originality in all she does

Published 4:15 pm Monday, July 19, 2010

Blaire Blackmon has found a place to be herself.

Perched on her colorfully ribbon-wrapped stool with her blue Indiana Madison guitar and rainbow-rimmed sunglasses, her music gives off the aura of a ’60s coffeehouse or a Sunday afternoon in Washington Square Park in Greenwich Village.

Essentially a singer/songwriter, Blackmon covers a few songs by Colbie Caillat, but said, “I really am not influenced much by anyone in particular. I like to be original in everything I do.”

Blackmon said she tried cheerleading and sports through middle school, but none seemed a fit. A guitar her mother bought for her on eBay when she was 14 became a turning point.

Her song, “Better Things in Life,” expresses Blackmon’s philosophy to appreciate the little things.

“You can’t put a dollar figure on everything that’s good in life. Open up your eyes to see all the beautiful things that money could never buy . . . Money is not what makes the sun shine,” she said.

Mom, Teri Blackmon, said her daughter is a “different little bird,” as she lounges nearby, singing along with her daughter’s lyrics. Here is a strong and supportive mother-teen daughter relationship.

Blackmon joined the Pelham High School band her freshman year. She came home and said, “These people get me.”

“Mr. Burnside has made the Pelham band a community,” Blackmon said.

Older students take the young ones under their wings to create an aura of camaraderie and support.

Her fellow band members, she said, are “sweeter, more random people, who just want to have fun.”

They are friends who meet at one another’s house to cook pancakes or to stream someone’s car with Sponge Bob floaties.

Blackmon is part of the drum corps at PHS, which soon begins their three-week summer intensive.

“The drum corps is the heart-beat of the band; we have to learn the cadence and play as one.”

Blackmon has played cymbals, marimba and this year, the bass drum.

Blackmon anticipates college in the future at JSU or UAB, where she will play the marimba. Beyond that, she hopes to travel and see the world, playing her guitar.

“I would like to spend a year in NYC on my own, with no assistance — living the life of a street performer,” she said.