Thursday, June 27, 2013
Do all little kids
dream of being musicians...
or a conductor of a symphony?
I can still remember
standing on the picnic
table directing my
with my homemade baton
(a skinny scrap of 1970's paneling
wrapped in masking tape for reinforcement)
I was so upset when mom found it
and threw it out!!
She didn't know what it was,
and I was too embarrassed to tell her
what I was using it for.
Lord knows, they made me watch
the Lawrence Welk show every week
we practically wore out the record player
with Glen Miller....
she should've started me on the
trombone right then and there!!
I did get my chance to be in an orchestra...
As fifth graders we got to begin
in C band...
We all got to choose from the school's
instruments to rent, unless your parents
could afford to buy you an instrument!
By the time my turn came up there was
a french horn and a tuba left!
(another disadvantage of your last name
starting with "T")
After the band instructor
gave me quite a lengthy pep talk
on the French Horn,
I decided I would give it a try.
To make a long story short...
I stayed in band all through school
and enjoyed every practice, concert, tour,
musical, and sporting event!
The best thing a parent can do is
support a child that wants to be in music.
Band and choir gave me a better
appreciation for music...
to this day I would rather
listen to music than
do just about anything!
And that is why
I just about flipped out
when our daughter-in-law's
parents got me a ticket to the
symphony on our visit to Kansas City!
(first off, I only brought sloppy clothes
because it was just a quick trip!)
the next thing I knew I was shopping
for symphony clothes!!
This wasn't just a "symphony"
it was the
Lee's Summit Symphony 10th Anniversary
And it was our beloved in-law, Karl's,
original composition debut
"Celebrate the Collective"
a masterful piece of work
that filled me with joy and amazement!
I knew he was a very talented oboe player
and now I got to experience the full realm
of his musical genius
The music was breath-taking...
The acoustics were phenomenal...
I actually changed seats at intermission
and the sound was perfect from any angle!
I definately recommend
the symphony if you haven't
been for awhile
And a symphony
at the Kauffman Center
in downtown Kansas City
is the experience of a lifetime!!
Thank you Karl and Jeanne!!
A night at the symphony
made this Grandma remember
and realize the importance of music...
And the night shall be filled with music,
And the cares that infest the day
Shall fold their tents like the Arabs
And as silently steal away.
~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
My good friend James Webb played
that left-over Tuba,
and played it better than anyone in the
history of the W.S.H.S marching band...
Good things happen with a