Musical Interlude

And now for an issue of “Proud Papa.”

My son Noah has been playing clarinet for 1 1/2 years now. He didn’t play it much last year, but this year he has picked it up. I think it gives him some positive attention as well as some purpose, especially now when he is searching for ways to have fun as he tries to enjoy life like he used to. (He didn’t want to move, much less move to India, and has had a hard time with it. He keeps making huge strides in the process of adjustment. Maybe his clarinet is another piece to that.)

Yesterday we took time out of our routine schedule for a very important purpose: it was his first band concert. And after a wardrobe issue

(we bought new black pants for the occasion because that was what he needed to wear, but we discovered the zipper had no zipper pull, and an hour before the concert we were trying staples and going to shops looking for safety pins — luckily someone we were sure had safety pins didn’t live far from the concert venue. That’s one hair-raising issue avoided.),

all was calm. We took our seats. But I realized that the music stands were preventing good photo and video opportunities, so I settled on recording just the audio. He played the Mickey Mouse theme song, Freddie Freeloader by Miles Davis and The End by Linkin Park.

Pretty cool.

Make sure your speakers are on and turned up.

Joshua Gray

Washington DC native poet that now lives in Kentucky.

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