Mum went to a show on Saturday night, and as one of the acts they had a montage of 60's songs including several from the Beatles. Mum knew most of the words, but didn't embarrass herself by trying to sing along, her friends needed to keep their hearing. A long long time ago, when she was only eleven, she was in the school orchestra. She played a pianica, a keyboard/harmonica hybrid - nerdy we know. Their musical teacher put together a musical based on Beatles songs, that showcased music, singing, dancing and some acting, an 80's kiwi version of school Glee club, that showed over three nights.
The mumsters mum and dad went on the first night, and the mumster was mortified on the second night, when the teacher read out a letter that said it was a great show and the best $5 spent on entertainment , that had been written by Gdad, the mumsters dad.
Anyway, mum is amazed that age eleven she could read music and play so well, as well as remembering at least ten tunes so well, as well as remembering all of the words to the songs, she certainly didn't retain those skills and is definitely unmusical now. She thinks now, how nervous the teacher must have been that those kids could pull it off on the night, and that he must have been touched to receive some fan mail.
When the mumster went onto her high school, her parents paid for her to continue on with piano and violin lessons. Although the school had an orchestra club, they never had any meetings or put on any shows - there only use was that mum was able to put it on her CV (much like the Amnesty International group and Drama club she joined). It must have been excruciating for her parents to listen to and she only carried on with lessons for a year. She doesn't regret giving up, but has admiration for those that have musical talent.
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