I couldn't possibly make this sh*t up.

Which instrument will he choose to play?

Let’s find out! Ever since Jack was old enough to sit up and grab things, he’s been very interested in musical instruments. He and I would have “band practice” in the mornings before he even turned 2. We’d play on his xylophone, with maracas, a couple of horns, maybe a toy piano…and we’d jam. It was a lot of fun, and I got to perfect my Doe a Deer playing on multiple instruments!

Over the years, Jack drifted more towards horns (trumpet his fave), the harmonica (he actually got quite good!) and the guitar (which he got for Christmas one year). We never had him take lessons, he just mostly messed around. He wanted to take guitar lessons, but the thought of weekly practice sessions turned him off.

He’s since taken an interest in drums and (believe it or not) beat boxing. Which, I have to say, he’s quite good at. I can hear him making the strangest noises, but with rhythm I tell you, as he’s playing or whatever. I’ll have to catch him and get a video of that.

So, the other day Jack brings home a notice from school. As a 3rd grader he can sign up to play a stringed instrument. The choices are: violin, viola, cello and bass (the big one mind you). I say “eh” and don’t think anything of it. But just the other day Jack brought up the school band. I had no idea he was interested…

Jack: Did you get the notice from school?

me: What notice?

Jack: That I can play an instrument. Can I??

me: Really? I didn’t think you wanted to play one of those instruments.

Jack: I totally do! You get to carry it on the bus and then go to music practice during ACTUAL work time in school!

me: Ohhh, I see the motivation. Which instrument did you like?

Jack: The cello of course.

me: Cello?

Jack: Yeah, my friend Steven is doing that one, so we can go together.

me: Why on earth would both of you pick the cello?

Jack: It’s the only instrument that you get to sit down and play!

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7 responses

  1. Woa. Wait a minute. If Jack wants something really cool, he ought to take up a band instrument. From what I have seen of his antics up to now, I would think he would go gaga over the chance to play in a marching band (OK, that probably wouldn’t happen until high school, but what do 7-year-olds understand about time, anyway?). I played clarinet in high school, then bass clarinet and then when the band leader decided we didn’t need a bass clarinet in the marching band, I got to march playing bass drum. How cool is that? 🙂

    September 17, 2012 at 11:41 am

    • Unfortunately Jack playing cello this year. Mostly due to cost and because we missed the sign up deadline due to our vacation in Cape Cod! Ugh. Jack cried… “But I’ve been waiting since 1st grade to play cello!!!” Which I know for a fact he has not. I think he actually forgot all about it in these last 2 days… 🙂 Maybe next year!

      September 19, 2012 at 6:32 pm

      • Oh well. I actually played violin in elementary school, then switched to clarinet in high school.

        September 19, 2012 at 9:28 pm

      • I was a violin player myself. The smell of rosin will always take me back. 🙂 I think Jack IS more of a drums guy anyway… ha ha.

        September 19, 2012 at 9:50 pm

      • Based on everything I have read so far, that is the impression I would get. 😉

        September 19, 2012 at 10:30 pm

  2. Oh, the endearing laziness of little boys! I’ve had that same conversation recently (:

    September 19, 2012 at 5:39 pm

    • I’m sure we’ve all had the same conversations ha ha!

      September 19, 2012 at 6:25 pm

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