I snapped this photo at Fi’s very first trumpet lesson yesterday (which sounded like a herd of elephants, btw)! She’s been pleading with us for months to let her take trumpet lessons (I know – right? trumpet??), even though she already takes two other instruments.
We told her she could take trumpet lessons as long as she is able to keep up with her daily practice on the other two (violin is usually an hour of practice, piano is 30 minutes). Well, it’s only been one day – but so far, so good! Also, the good news is that a person can’t practice the trumpet for longer than 15 minutes to start with – otherwise your lips pucker permanently, or something.
I think this kid is turning out to be truly a musician in her heart – she is interested in so many instruments, and has even learned how to play the tricky Irish drum, the bodhran. This morning I awoke to find her watching a video on You Tube. Alarmed, I asked her what she was watching.
You know what it was?
It was this clip of Wynton Marsalis playing at a jazz festival:
Wynton Marsalis. Be still my mother’s heart. I used to play a lot of Miles Davis when she was a toddler – I really think the music a child’s parents listen to settles itself somehow on their little musical psyches. My husband plays a lot of Wynton’s classical stuff (did you know Wynton is the only artist in the history of time to ever get a Grammy for both jazz and classical in the same year, and he did this twice?). The guy is amazing.
I walked away from this kid shaking my head – what an interesting ten-year-old, to be Googling “Wynton Marsalis” and “trumpet“!
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