When our children were growing up, they all took lessons in music on one instrument or another. One son played the bass, our oldest played the violin and cello and our daughter played violin and piano. Because my one regret is that I refused to take piano lessons when they were offered to me, I wanted to make sure my children learned an instrument.
When one of my older brothers was taking piano, I taught myself his recital music and could play it as well as he. In fact, I can still sit down at the piano and play it from memory. I never did learn how to really play the piano and I have always been sorry about that. But I’d hammer on the piano every day, probably driving my mother crazy hearing the same tune over and over.
Fast forward to today and now I have grandchildren who are musical. This week we attended our grandson’s first recital. I was really excited about it because I have always loved orchestra music. I like it better than just about any other kind of music. He just started to learn the cello this year.
Our daughter told us when to arrive. The recital was held at one of the high schools in the city. When we drove there, we noticed there was a very long line of cars and I jokingly said they were probably all going to the recital. To my and David’s surprise, they were! We snaked along until we got to the school and could find no parking spaces. Our daughter neglected to tell us this recital was for every string class from every school in the county! So, there were a lot of people there. We finally found a spot to squeeze into and got inside where the bleachers were almost full. Our youngest grandson came and got us and showed us where we were to sit with our daughter and son-in-law. We had pretty good seats. Then the star of the show appeared.
At least to me he was the star of the show. I was so proud of him And he’s growing up way too fast.
Don’t know if he was nervous or not, but I’m sure there were a few butterflies in his stomach. It was so wonderful seeing that such a large number of young people are taking strings.
From fifth grade to seniors in high school were there to play their instruments. There was excitement in the air. So many proud parents and grandparents to see their loved ones show their skills.
Our youngest grandson and he says he will be taking an instrument next year in school. How did the baby of our family get this big?
When I took violin as an adult, I remember playing some of these songs. I can read music and play a little on both violin and piano. Not good enough to do it in public.
So the elementary children played first.
So much concentration. They sounded pretty good.
Then the continuing strings, still elementary children, played and they were just a little better.
The middle school children got up and gave a small gift to each elementary child in the orchestra and then they played and sounded just a bit better.
Then the high school children got up and gave a little gift to all the middle school children and then they played and they sounded wonderful. That is what practice, practice, practice and years of taking an instrument will do. Makes one a very good musician. I just thought it was nice how the older ones were so encouraging to the younger ones.
The final number by the high school orchestra was the 1812 Overture. Now I saw the big drums in the background and I knew the song was a battle song, but when the first beat on the drum was hit, I almost jumped out of my seat and let out a cry that made everyone sitting around me start to giggle. A man sitting in back of me leaned over and said, “That startled me, too.” I was prepared when it happened again. But it was all wonderful. I enjoyed it so much.
I really hope our grandsons will love playing an instrument and continue with it.
We geared up for a big snowstorm this weekend, but so far all we have had is rain today. I made beef vegetable soup. First time I have ever made it and it was soooo good.
It doesn’t look like there are any vegetables or beef in this, but it was full of carrots, green beans, potatoes and corn and crushed tomatoes. Yum.
It was delicious. Found the recipe on Allrecipes.com.
Hope the weather is good where you are. We are looking at ice and snow coming. Bye.