Sam plays the flute. I think I’ve been pretty open about that. Well, recently he came home from school saying that his advanced band at school (in which, in case I’ve been unclear, he plays the flute) doesn’t have a bassoon player and they need a bassoon player and, hey, maybe he could be the bassoon player.
Cue me going to the internet to look up what a bassoon looks like.
So now Alex and I have to make a decision as to whether we should let Sam play the bassoon in his band. We do not agree. One of us is right and Alex is wrong.
However. On the tiny, tiny chance that maybe I’m wrong, I’m going to let all y’all weigh in on this. Per usual in internet he says/she says, I’m not going to tell you which one of us thinks what.
THE FACTS, UNDISPUTED:
1. Regardless, Sam will continue to take flute lessons.
2. Regardless, Sam will play the flute in jazz band.
3. Sam has agreed to practice both instruments.
4. We can rent the bassoon for $40 a year so only have to pay for reeds and instruction books.
5. Sam’s music teacher is very happy with the idea that Sam might play bassoon in advanced band.
6. Sam has aspirations of being a professional musician and hopes to play in a band or symphony for a living, thus making his parents extremely proud and also condemning them to years upon years of sitting quietly in stuffy concert halls listening to classical music. And the occasional jazz concert.
THE ARGUMENTS, BITTERLY DISPUTED:
Sam plays the flute. He has invested 3+ years in flute playing. He takes flute lessons that we pay for AND drive him to and from every week. We recently bought him a fancy-ass flute. He is very proud of being a flute player. Sam should continue to play the motherfucking flute.
If we let Sam learn to play the bassoon, we will be expanding his ability to enjoy playing music and, hey, learning a new skill is never a bad thing, right? Furthermore, if there are ten million flutists in every band and zero to one bassoonists, mayhap we are making him more marketable and likely to attain gainful musical employment by letting him learn the bassoon. We should just let Sam play the stupid bassoon already.
Will we be diluting his musicianship by letting him play a second instrument before he has mastered the first?
If we let him learn the bassoon, how long before he insists we purchase a bassoon for him?
How loud is a bassoon and how miserable will it make our lives at home when he is practicing, particularly in the early days when he is not very good?
If Sam helps out his band by taking up the bassoon, how grateful will his music teacher be and how many A’s will she give him?
If it turns out that Alex is right and I am wrong, will I have to divorce him or the internet?