Friday, May 1, 2009


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Here's today's "If" question.

If you were instantly able to play one musical instrument perfectly that you have never played before, what would it be?

For me, it would be the piano. Although I just realized that the question may exclude the piano for me, because I have taken piano lessons, but really I only "played" in the most elementary sense of the word. I have always wanted to be able to play so well that I put my whole self into the interpretation of a song, but alas, it was not to be. I didn't start lessons until I was thirteen, and by that time school and extracurricular activities (and thinking about boys) started taking up so much of my time that I dropped out after a year.

Why did I start so late, when I did want to take lessons earlier? Well, my dad had been forced to take lessons because his mother and older brother played, and he hated it. Even though I ASKED for lessons, he thought I'd want to quit (self-fulfilling prophecy, there). He and my mom said they couldn't buy a piano for me to practice on (I don't remember there being decent electric keyboards back then, either.) When I did take lessons, they rented the piano and returned it when I was done.

Oh well. Most people I know who took music lessons don't play into adulthood. Except my cousins, who got all my uncle's musical talent.

And that's my "sad" story from childhood for today. (My dad has since apologized for not getting us involved in more things, although I think he means sports, which I could have used, too.)

What instrument would you like to play perfectly?



  1. The guitar...and not just any old guitar, but a spanish 12 son taught himself to play and I've always admired him for that. Piano was my instrument of Mama's choice...took lessons for years...but the guitar...oh yes,

  2. My voice, would love to know how to Really Sing!

  3. I dreaded my piano lessons when I was younger. Now I wish I had stuck with it. Is it too late to learn the drums?

  4. Clarinet please.

    If I was feeling horrid I could play Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue or Mozart's Clarinet Concerto and make myself and others around me feel better.

  5. I'd love to play the piano but I think I'll say the guitar. So perfect and hey, portable!

  6. I should be smart and say violin but I can't. It's gotta be the harp.

  7. I would love to play the saxophone. I was forced to take piano lessons for about 6 years, and tried to pick it back up in college. I still dream of taking lessons again. But I so wanted to play the saxophone. It's such a cool instrument!

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