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Ashley's "World" tour

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Ashley's "World" tour


Music has always had a big influence on my life.

I could remember being three or four and singing my little heart out into a 1)mustard bottle. Michael Bolton was big in my house back then and even though I was fairly young, thanks in great part to the endless repetition, I remembered the 2)chorus of most of his songs.

A 3)dentist appointment is where I expanded my taste in music. With extra time to spare before my dreaded1 appointment, my grandmother 4)dragged me into a wine store in the same building. I was looking at a picture of woman on a tape cassette cover that was 5)draped around the neck of a red wine. The man who worked at the cash register noticed my fascination2 with it and offered the tape to me for being such a good client. I could not wait for my appointment to be over with just so that I could 6)hop3 into the car and listen to my first real tape. It was the song “Power of Love” by Celine Dion. My grandmother gave me a whole 7)lecture on how great Celine was, and she was one of the few from around here that actually made it in the business. I ran to my room, 8)popped my new tape into my Playskool tape recorder and listened to it over and over and over again. I drove my family crazy. It got to the point when my brother threatened to beat me! With that, Michael Bolton went into 9)retirement4 and Celine Dion was all that mattered. I didn’t understand a word of what I was singing -- all I knew was that I loved to sing and no one could stop me.

As I grew older my taste grew more 10)eccentric. I loved everything from Frank Sinatra to The Spice Girls, although Celine tapes were still my favorite. After several warnings by my brother about singing and disturbing his concentration for his video games, I limited my singing to the shower. I decided5 that the 11)shampoo bottles were my fans. My voice was 12)squeaky, and I’d occasionally get a bit of shampoo in my mouth and have to stop mid-song to spit it out, but still my audience loved me. I made my own little dream world out of that shower. When times were 13)rough, and I needed to go nuts and let go of all of my 14)frustrations, the shower was my 15)sanctuary7.

As I grew older and a bit wiser (as wise as a teenager can get) I realized that my 16)imaginary fame couldn’t be spoken about outside the shower. I learned this lesson when I tried to describe to my friend what a freedom it was to sing my heart out. She laughed at me and said, “I pity anyone who has to hear that.” Those 17)thoughtless words were a blow to my 18)fragile 19)ego8. That’s when I decided that my make-believe world had to take a little break. A 20)sabbatical. Within two weeks I missed my fans and I know they missed my talent.

With age, my voice grew as well. It transformed from squeaky to deep and unique. Singing made me happy, it made my fans happy. Why I let someone try to ruin that feeling is beyond me? I forgot about my “sabbatical” and started to sing again. By now I was in the middle of “Hero” by Mariah Carey and told myself to 21)ignore everyone else, this was my world.

Now at the age of fifteen, my voice has become somewhat nice. At least that’s what I’ve been told. I sing all the time now, not just in the shower. Sure, I get on people’s nerves every once in a while. Everyday, sometimes twice a day, I put in a CD and 22)blast it as loudly as possible and I sing. My neighbours often 23)compliment me for the show I put on from my bedroom window. I still get on my brother’s nerves while he tries to concentrate on his video games, I guess some people never grow up! I’m not the one to be throwing any stones though. I live in my own little 24)glasshouse.

My fans from the shower think it’s great that I’m 25)on tour. My fan base has grown drastically over the years, from the shower, to my room and beyond and I have an obligation to keep them all entertained, don’t I?

Now if you’ll excuse me, I have some very loyal shampoo bottles waiting for me in the “Shower 26)auditorium9.” It is never wise to keep good fans waiting!















1) mustard [5mQstEd] n. 芥末

2) chorus [5kC:rEs] n. 合唱

3) dentist [5dentist] n. 牙医

4) drag [drA^] v. 拉,拖

5) drape [dreip] v. 悬挂,装饰

6) hop [hRp] v. 单脚跳

7) lecture [5lektFE] n. 长篇大论的讲话

8) pop into 迅速地将某物放到某处

9) retirement [ri5taiEmEnt] n. 退休,引退

10) eccentric [ik5sentrik] a. 古怪的

11) shampoo [FAm5pu:] n. 洗发水

12) squeaky [5skwi:ki] a. 吱吱响的

13) rough [rQf] a. 困难的

14) frustration6 [frQs5treiFEn] n. 沮丧

15) sanctuary [5sANktjuEri] a. 避难所

16) imaginary [i5mAdVinEri] a. 想象的

17) thoughtless [5WC:tlis] a. 欠考虑的

18) fragile [5frAdVail] a. 脆弱的

19) ego [5i:^EJ] n. 自我

20) sabbatical [sE5bAtik(E)l] a. 周期性休息的

21) ignore [i^5nC:] v. 忽视

22) blast [blB:st] v. 发出尖响的声音

23) compliment [5kCmplimEnt] n. 赞扬

24) glasshouse [5^lB:shaJs] n. 玻璃房,暖房

25) on tour 巡回演唱

26) auditorium [7C:di5tC:riEm] n. 礼堂


1 dreaded XuNzI3     
adj.令人畏惧的;害怕的v.害怕,恐惧,担心( dread的过去式和过去分词)
  • The dreaded moment had finally arrived. 可怕的时刻终于来到了。
  • He dreaded having to spend Christmas in hospital. 他害怕非得在医院过圣诞节不可。 来自《用法词典》
2 fascination FlHxO     
  • He had a deep fascination with all forms of transport.他对所有的运输工具都很着迷。
  • His letters have been a source of fascination to a wide audience.广大观众一直迷恋于他的来信。
3 hop vdJzL     
  • The children had a competition to see who could hop the fastest.孩子们举行比赛,看谁单足跳跃最快。
  • How long can you hop on your right foot?你用右脚能跳多远?
4 retirement TWoxH     
  • She wanted to enjoy her retirement without being beset by financial worries.她想享受退休生活而不必为金钱担忧。
  • I have to put everything away for my retirement.我必须把一切都积蓄起来以便退休后用。
5 decided lvqzZd     
  • This gave them a decided advantage over their opponents.这使他们比对手具有明显的优势。
  • There is a decided difference between British and Chinese way of greeting.英国人和中国人打招呼的方式有很明显的区别。
6 frustration 4hTxj     
  • He had to fight back tears of frustration.他不得不强忍住失意的泪水。
  • He beat his hands on the steering wheel in frustration.他沮丧地用手打了几下方向盘。
7 sanctuary iCrzE     
  • There was a sanctuary of political refugees behind the hospital.医院后面有一个政治难民的避难所。
  • Most countries refuse to give sanctuary to people who hijack aeroplanes.大多数国家拒绝对劫机者提供庇护。
8 ego 7jtzw     
  • He is absolute ego in all thing.在所有的事情上他都绝对自我。
  • She has been on an ego trip since she sang on television.她上电视台唱过歌之后就一直自吹自擂。
9 auditorium HO6yK     
  • The teacher gathered all the pupils in the auditorium.老师把全体同学集合在礼堂内。
  • The stage is thrust forward into the auditorium.舞台向前突出,伸入观众席。
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