What the Boss Likes – Bloganuary #5 – “What is something you wish you knew how to do?”

So, here we are at Day 5 for Bloganuary (a day late).  This is the inspiration “What is something you wish you knew how to do?

I have no musical ability whatsoever.  I wish I did. I was forced into being in “choir” in elementary school, since the music teacher (who looked a fair amount like Margaret Hamilton aka Wicked Witch of the West, but not so cool) was a friend of my aunt, the teacher.  I then caused problems with reading the music book and finding out that “This Land is Your Land” isn’t quite so jingoistic in the later verses. 

I then was in high school, and, since having friends in the band, was stupid enough to join the “choir” and was assigned “second soprano” aka any girl who can’t sing a damn note.  I did meet some great people there, including one who was in my spouse’s Army Reserves unit and they both visited me when I was recovering from gallbladder surgery (I have the 7” scar, it was before laparoscopy).   Bastards, but they did likely keep me from having adhesions since they made me laugh so much.  That little morphine machine was well used.

I’ve tried to learn piano and guitar and my little worker’s hands just don’t make the reaches. 

I do love music though.  When I was in high school, I listened to show tunes, which I’m sure caused consternation since I was singing the soundtrack to “Hair” at the top of my lungs in my mid-teens.  Now, if you know what that all entails, you’ll understand why that is hilarious.  I never saw the movie until I had met my spouse and he showed it to me.  I then realized why “White Boys Are So Pretty” was a completely ridiculous song. 

I think my parents would have been happier if I had been listening to metal.  Of course, being a good Christian girl, I heard the complete bullshit of backmasking and how rock and roll was going to destroy the world.  Funny how that was just as much of a lie as the entire religion. 

Now, I like Scandinavian metal, anything by Jim Steinman, Lindsay Stirling, Without Temptation, Steam Powered Giraffe, etc.

And I still like show tunes. *beware* the videos below might not be entirely safe for work.


2 thoughts on “What the Boss Likes – Bloganuary #5 – “What is something you wish you knew how to do?”

  1. I can sing, and sing with a community chorus, so I can’t use that one for “what do you wish you could do?”. I’ve sung a lot of second soprano, which in the choirs I’ve been in often means “a soprano who can read music.” Right now I sing first alto, which is often the second sopranos who don’t feel like dealing with those high notes any more.

    When I was very small child, I was offered violin lessons. Not a choice of instrument, just violin. And I played until I was in high school, with private lessons and in youth orchestras. At which point I realized that I just wasn’t liking the violin very much. I didn’t like standing up to practice and perform, I didn’t enjoy the pieces that my teacher was assigning, I didn’t love the sound, it just wasn’t any fun. In hindsight, I wish I had been a cellist instead. I love the way the cello sounds, nobody makes you stand up to play it. So “play the cello” is my choice.


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