My son plays trumpet. He plays it rather well, and I've been listening to him playing CHRISTMAS music for weeks. So tonight we went to his Winter concert at school thinking that we'd hear some of that wonderful music that features TRUMPET.
Now, don't get me wrong. I love our band director. She does an amazing job coaxing what passes for music from some very unmotivated 7th and 8th graders.
But tonight...I just wanted to cry.
First - no real Christmas music. Of course not. It's public school.
Second - can someone just please shoot the oboe players? Year after year. Just awful. And the poor band director acts as if it is NO BIG DEAL. But I look around the audience and see visible cringing and wonder, why on earth are we encouraging these young people?
Okay, if someday I rule the world, one of the first ten rules will be:
NO ONE CAN PLAY OBOE UNLESS THEY SUBJECT THEMSELVES TO A VIGOROUS PROGRAM OF PRIVATE LESSONS BEFORE PLAYING IN PUBLIC!
(I may be a *little* unbalanced on this subject. When I was in junior high there was a really obnoxious flute player (who was very bad at flute) that the band director encouraged to change to oboe. Week after week the rest of us listened to torture masquerading as a musical performance. Why, oh why, did Mr. BD (band director) encourage that child?)
Whew. Exhale. Back to present tense.
So...enjoy this version of Joy to the World...