#AtoZChallenge M is for Music


“Virtually every writer I know would rather be a musician.” ― Kurt Vonnegut

I’m not sure I agree with this statement. I know that although I love music, I would rather write while listening to music than make the music. My youngest child, Andy, is blessed to be both a gifted writer and musician. His eloquence with words, innate humor and endless imagination could have easily led him to a career in writing.

In middle school he took part in a solo competition, where he played his trombone accompanied by a pianist in a room where he was judged by a music teacher he did not know. He was around 12 years old at the time. The only people in the room besides the judge were my husband and me. As always, my husband was video taping.

His solo began without incident but as he went to turn the first page, we saw a look of panic cross his face. While the pianist was playing, he mouthed to us, ‘Missing a page!’ I bent down to search through his belongings, not even sure what I was looking for. He completed the song without the missing music and with my husband whispering, “Does he have it memorized?” I kept my facial expression positive and supportive as I hissed back, “No clue.”

Afterward while the judge worked on the score, Andy spoke briefly with his pianist, we thanked her and then we awaited his results. Andy shared with us that he had improvised a good part of the song, making sure he was back in place when he reached the part where he had the music once more.

That day Andrew received the highest rating, with impressive comments from the judge. We never knew if he realized that Andy had been winging it. His ability to think quickly on his feet and improvise served him well. If he had been giving a speech and that happened, I’m not sure if the words would have come that quickly.

But he chose music. And that’s where he should be.

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10 thoughts on “#AtoZChallenge M is for Music

  1. I studied the piano as a kid, but like you, I’d rather listen to really good music while I write than play mediocre music myself. Your son sounds as if he /is/ a born musician though. It’s a hell of a lot harder to ‘ad lib’ music, especially when you’re not trained to i – e.g. jazz musicians – than it is to come up with a bridging sentence of two. You must be so proud of him.

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    1. I am very proud of him. He has worked hard and missed a lot of childhood due to his dedication to music but I believe it will pay off. He really is a musician down to the core. 🙂


      1. Not necessarily the easiest of lives, but there’s a lot to be said for having a passion that makes every day of your life worthwhile. I think he’s one of the lucky ones. 🙂

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      2. When he was younger, he asked me what he would be if he wasn’t a musician? I pointed out the things he loved to do that wasn’t music related- all things that could easily create career paths for him. He considered what I said and then shook his head. He’s a musician. I worry because it won’t be easy for him, but it’s what he needs to do. 🙂


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