August 20, 2010

Daddy Sang Bass, Mama Sang Tenor

In this world, there is a hierarchy no matter where you go. It cannot be avoided.

It is human nature.

In preschool it's the kids who can pee in the potty vs. the kids who still wear diapers.

In elementary school it's anything from what reading group you're in to how athletic you are.

As adults it can be anything... car you drive, jobs you hold or have held, where you live... there is always something.

That old adage of keeping up with the Jones' comes from it.

Imagine my surprise when we moved Pop to assisted living and on the first day we saw it... the hierarchy. "Who lived in Independent Living vs. Assisted".

"Those assisted living people keep coming into the main dining hall," she said to me snidely. "They have their own little eating rooms on their floors. THEY should eat THERE."

I rolled my eyes realizing that it is... everywhere.

So you can imagine my surprise when Bones told us the funniest story last night about his Voice class, the Boys' Choir.

Laughing he said, "... and they moved me into my new voice class. We were all standing around talking and these two boys came up to me and wanted to be my friend. They were all about getting to know me... until..."

Poking his fork for emphasis as he is apt to do, he continued, laughing, "... they found out I was a tenor. They are both basses. So as soon as they found out *I* was a tenor, they didn't want anything to do with me. I can't quit laughing..."

And so there you go. In the Boys' Choir in middle school, if you're a tenor, you can't be hanging out with those bass voices.

You just can't avoid those Star Bellied Sneeches...

At least he's laughing at the absurdity of it all.

That said... here is last year's again, this is a different angle of my favorite song they sang... go to Minute 6:30. You can see my two favorite boys who have solos. There are some seriously low voices for 8th grade!

Posted by Boudicca at August 20, 2010 10:25 PM

Gotta watch out for those tenors, you know... (I'm a tenor, too, in Women's Barbershop. We've a reputation...)

I hope Bones has a wonderful year, he's due for it! He's not "a grain of sand on the beautiful beach", he's a diamond.

Posted by: Nancy at August 22, 2010 04:09 PM

Those boneheads ever heard of The Three Tenors?

Posted by: Toluca Nole at August 25, 2010 05:02 PM