Another piano and vocal contest season began for my children Saturday.
I think it’s pretty cool how hard they work to get ready for these things. William and Aiden have been taking piano lessons since they were six and they began taking vocal lessons last year, so this was their second year in vocal contest. Last year they just sang in the duet category but their teacher and I almost went insane trying to get them to practice together without fighting. Same with piano duets.
“Your hand is touching mine,” one would say.
“Well you’re sitting too close to me,” the other would counter.
This went on until one of them ended up on the floor. Yes, duets will be played and sang with other students of Marcy’s, not with each other.
William and Aiden both made it to state with a couple different pieces and will play in that contest in April. Reilly didn’t make state, but he got a great score and an honorable mention, which will allow him to play in the honor’s recital along with his brothers April 6 in Lawton. This was Reilly’s first contest and it was my first time having all three playing. I thought it was rough having two playing, but adding another — wow. I was running up and down one building trying to make sure two of them were where they were supposed to be that I forgot about the third one who was playing hymns in a completely different building.
When I remembered, I was just about to run back over and get him when I also remembered that that was his last category and decided that he was old enough to use his brain to find his way back to the music building. He did accuse me of ditching him though. Which I kind of did, so I guess I deserved that accusation. It’s not the worst thing I’ve ever been accused of.
This whole music contest thing is stressful, but I love it. It’s probably the same way baseball moms feel about baseball season starting. I enjoy the beginning of little league season because I know spring is on its way, not for any particular affinity for the sport itself. I enjoy watching the kids play music because I wish I could play piano half as well as they can. I guess it’s that “living vicariously” thing. I watch them play sports so they know I care, but I don’t wish it was me out on that field standing around sweating in the hot sun, because let’s face it, it’s Oklahoma. Though I look forward to spring, it only lasts like a day and summer happens over night.
Speaking of music, William was an Oompa-Loompa in last week’s production of “Willy Wonka Junior” in his first middle school play. The Oompa-Loompa’s were hilarious and I look forward to seeing what next year’s musical will be.
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