I wouldn’t consider myself musical. I can carry a tune fairly well and did have a few solos in productions as a high school student. Once I played Adam in The Apple Tree. My costume was a pair of khaki shorts. I was so skinny, you could have seen the missing rib God used to make Eve.
My mom was a piano teacher but couldn’t teach me because we fought too much. She couldn’t take my whining. I couldn’t take her frustration at my lack of rehearsal. One of her friends was also a piano teacher so they switched sons; a win for all involved. I can plunk out a tune with the sheet music, but you’d better plan plenty of time for pregnant pauses in between measures. On the dance floor, I can shag fairly well, but I won’t be staring in A Chorus Line any time soon.
Jesse on the other hand is musical. In fact, one of the few things that I don’t like about him is the fact that he has so much natural talent, it’s just not fair. At weddings he has been asked if he was a paid dancer coming to get the party started. He’s performed in Ira David Wood’s A Christmas Carol at Memorial Auditorium as a main character. He’s also a good basketball player and if you put him in front of any group of people, they will no doubt be WOWed. I have him licked in a couple of areas – more hair, more money and thus far have proven better at producing offspring (granted, he’s never been married, but I’m still claiming that as mine). Now, me bringing this up is not a desire for comments on how many talents I have (especially you mom and dad). I’m simply pointing out that Jesse is remarkable in many ways (he ain’t perfect though!)
The other day I came home to a house full of music. It started with Jesse on the guitar and Stephanie sitting at the piano. One of the girls favorite songs right now is Grenade by Bruno Mars. As I listened from the kitchen, I began to hear Jesse talking Stephanie through the chords of the song – “Now play a D minor chord, A minor, yes – good job.” The song unfolded. Stephanie listened intently. I could see the lightbulb going off in her head – “This is why I’ve been taking piano for the past three years!”
A few minutes later, Jesse was at the piano, Michelle belting out Grenade at the top of her lungs (and she really has a strong voice!) DJ is also learning to play the guitar thanks to Jesse’s tutelage.
Pretty soon we’re going to have the Dixie Chics on Dellwood Drive. $$$ (I’ll take care of the finances, another talent of mine).