November 20, 2009

The Grinch's Small Heart Grew Three Sizes That Day

It is an odd title... but it is what I kept thinking tonight as I watched my son play in band tonight at their concert.

My heart swelling for him and all he has accomplished in three short months, I kept thinking of that one phrase from The Grinch That Stole Christmas.

My son didn't read music in bass clef, only read something called Tabs, when he played his electric bass. Since June, he has learned how to read bass clef, figured out how to play it on his electric bass, learned how to play it on the double bass which has no frets by the way, and has been playing... with other people... and holding his own.

He is the only freshman in Jazz Band. He practically sleeps with his instrument... and the double bass, which he calls Bab (short for big assed bass) he has learned to enjoy and not to loathe.

Tonight may very well have been the best band concert I've ever been to because tonight was the first time, I truly knew where these kids started and three months later, there was true music.

As the band director said tonight, as he explained the beginning band, in August they truly started with, "When you put your case in your lap, keep the label facing up before you open it..." and now, I heard them play real music.

I watched Son#4 who is also a freshman, play with the more elite band, the Juniors and Seniors, the only freshman, a young man who has been so diligent about practicing that I know one day soon... he will be first chair.

Ringo and Son#4 were the only freshmen who wore tuxes, reserved for those in Jazz band or highest level concert band.

I was so proud of the both of them... and so moved by the music they all played.

I needed it.

It made my heart grow three sizes today.

Posted by Boudicca at November 20, 2009 11:36 PM

where's the "like" button? ;-)

Posted by: arcanai at November 21, 2009 12:26 AM

so very happy for all of you.

Posted by: Mike D. at November 21, 2009 09:23 PM

What arcanai said.

It's one of those moments where being a mom is worth all the other crap...

Posted by: Mrs. Who at November 21, 2009 10:32 PM

As a former band director I can appreciate your pride in your child(ren). Knowing you helped give the gift of music to someone is worth any attendant head aches. Major kudos to your son.

Posted by: WolfDog at November 22, 2009 11:28 AM

you should be proud.
way to go ringo!

Posted by: wRitErsbLock at November 22, 2009 05:18 PM

Tablature (Tab) is for those of us who are too lazy to actually learn how to read music. I've been using it for years to learn the Bach that I play.

Posted by: Denny at November 23, 2009 04:02 PM

I hear ya :)

Posted by: patti at November 24, 2009 09:35 AM