Hugh’s Weekly Photo Challenge: Week 25- Music


I remember back when my youngest, Andrew, was just the little brother of 2 older siblings who played woodwinds- clarinet/alto sax and clarinet/bass clarinet. He spent most of his early years being dragged to Michael’s and Kris’s events and he was a good sport. When he was around 7 years old, the older kids’ band director asked him, “So, what instrument are you going to play?” (Spoken like a true band director, please note- not “Are you going to play?” but “What are you going to play?”)

Andy considered the question and then gave his answer. “Something shiny and brass.” When he came home from band recruitment at the beginning of 5th grade, he proudly presented a certificate declaring him a trombone player. I was done with the whole “reed” experience so I was already hoping for ANYTHING that did not require a reed. I had no clue what we were in for with a budding trombonist in the house. Leave it to my quietest child to choose the loudest instrument.

I grew to love the sound of the trombone and especially that of my son playing. I learned to recognize his distinctive sound in a full orchestra. Andrew just completed his second year in one of the country’s top music schools. The photo above was taken at his recital this year. My quiet and gentle child continues to awe me and fill me with pride as he makes his mark in the world with his larger (and louder) than life talent.

This post is in response to Hugh’s Weekly Photo Challenge: Week 25- Music.


Music to My Ears


Music is a major part of my life. I listen to music every single day and I recently took up playing the piano again. Being the parent of three band children and having 15 years as a music parent under my belt, I’ve heard a lot of music. This week’s theme for Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Sense of Hearing brings to mind all of the music I’ve heard over the years.

My youngest son, Andrew, is a musician. From a very early age when he was humming in perfect pitch before he could talk to the first time he picked up a trombone, we knew this. I’ve spent 10 years listening to him practice, driving him to rehearsals and sitting at his performances. He attends one of the top music schools in the country and I could not be prouder. I can’t wait to see what he does.

CJ is an aspiring musician and Ari fancies herself to be a very fine singer.

CJ is an aspiring musician and Ari fancies herself to be a very fine singer.

Thanks for stopping in! What is music to your ears?

Cee’s Black & White Challenge- Music

This post is part of Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge- Music.

It was hard for me to choose photos this week. Music has always filled my life. I played the piano when I was growing up. My husband and all my kids play many instruments. Andrew is going to school for musical performance. I have music teacher friends. My dad sings. The list goes on and on. I was finally able to settle on these. I really had to control myself! 🙂

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