A few weeks ago, Sam came home from school all excited about the Coldplay song Viva La Vida. Evidently his general music class was learning the song for some purpose. (I don’t really know. None of my kids tells me a damn thing about what happens at school.)
Regardless, he downloaded the lyrics to the song and started singing them a lot. Then he had me find him flute music for it and decided he wanted to learn to play the song on the flute.
Wow, he told me, it has [some large number of] measures—or whatever the thingys musicians play are called. And, he continued, it’s hard to play. He tried and got stuck.
I suggested to him that he try to learn the first four measures and once he had those, he should add four more and so on. He agreed that this was a good plan and his home practice sessions became dedicated to Coldplay.
The next time I turned around, he was playing the whole dam song. I was not just proud, but amazed at his determination. Then he told me that there was going to be a first annual concert of some sort at his school featuring a bunch of music acts and he had tried out and his teacher knew another student knew the same song on piano, so he consciously coupled them and Sam was so excited and came home and ACTUALLY TOLD ME WHAT HAPPENED AT SCHOOL, to wit, “We sound awesome together, mom!”
Much more practicing ensued until the concert last week.
They did sound awesome.
Unless you’re related to Sam, you probably didn’t watch that whole video, but I should tell you that it was awesome. I should also tell you that Jack and Quinn sat through the entire two-plus hour concert, which was pretty huge on their parts, so I’m extremely proud of my entire little family.
I can’t wait to see what song Sam asks me to download next.