Monday, December 25, 2006

Tin whistle

I ordered a bunch of penny whistles and Mel Bay "Fun With the Tin Whistle" books for the gift shop in the museum. They have not sold at all, so I decided to boost sales and buy one myself.

My parents, may they rest in peace, had the wisdom to make ours a musical household. We had a piano, I had a guitar and a cello. We all played recorder. My two big sisters were excellent musicians (piano and violin); the oldest one often took me to classical music concerts at the University of Wisconsin. My older brother and his wife played guitar and sang together when I was in high school. There was always plenty of Baroque music and choral music on the record player. I had an excellent choir teacher (Mr. Harr) in high school. He taught us everything about sight reading. I have always sung in choirs and early music groups. I get so sad when I see public schools cutting art and music "because they are not essential." Real (not recorded) music is very much a blessing in my life.

No one is home today, not even Tarzan, so I've been having fun sounding out tunes and squeaking every so often.


Anonymous Britt-Arnhild said...

What a blessing to grow up with all that music.....

2:31 PM  
Blogger Cin said...

hi caroline, merry christmas to you! My favorite thing to do is attend a live concert, I have learned what a differnce it makes to hear the real thing, there's just no comparison to a cd! I can only imagine how wonderful it must have been to grow up with music in the house as you did, what a gift your parents gave to you in that!

2:34 PM  
Anonymous paula said...

And such beautiful music to grow up with! I've wanted to learn to play the pennywhistle, but just haven't put the energy into it. Love your accompanying drawing for the story. Yes, and I hope, too, you're enjoying this 'holiday', or time off. : )

3:08 PM  
Anonymous Marianne said...

Hi Caroline-
Hope you have had an enjoyable and peaceful day today.
Good luck with the recorder! (Allison and I have split the paper.) I am always so jealous of people who can read and play music. I love this picture too.

5:40 PM  
Blogger miss*R said...

I didn't grow up in a musical home - sad - but YOU have given me an idea - I am going to buy myself a cheap whistle or recorder and play it. maybe it is just what my inner child needs.
my youngest daughter plays the flute, beautifully - it makes me cry when I hear it - from the pure joy of her having an opporutunity that I never had.
I hope you had a lovely peaceful day xoxo

7:23 PM  
Blogger dmmgmfm said...

My parents weren't at all musical, but they made certain that my brother and I were. We had two pianos in the house and and we both played. We also both took up the trumpet, playing in pep, marching, swing, jazz and concert bands. I branched out and played trombone and even the baritone for awhile, but returned to my beloved trumpet. Music filled our house and our souls.

I love today's picture even more than usual. I love the way the notes appear to come out of the penny whistle. It's adorable, it really is.

8:50 PM  
Blogger Pam said...

Ah, music. It fills the heart and calms the soul. I love music, it's always been a big part of my life. What a wonderful way to grow up!

10:31 AM  
Blogger Lisa(oceandreamer) said...

ah what wonderful memories of a music filled home. I used to play piano as a child and so wish I still did. In elementary school the first instrument they taught was the recorder..I remember the squeaks. After that anyone wanting to play could then choose an instrument. I stuck with piano for awhile. In my early twenties I bought and tried to teach myself dulcimer (I still have it)I agree that music and art are ESSENTIAL and it saddens me greatly that the public school system seems to feel it is not necessary.
I will be anxious to learn what song you master!

11:57 AM  
Blogger melba said...

Sean grew up in a musical house hold. His sister Kelly has a beautiful operatic voice. She will be singing us a Lullaby the first night at justBe... I think you will really enjoy her voice.

I hope you had a lovely holiday!
Wishing you love and happiness today and in the New Year (which I will get to see you in, hopefully more than once!)

5:46 PM  
Blogger Sacred Suzie said...

What a beautiful home that must have been with all the music, reminds me of my husband's stories growing up in the Maritimes. I'm glad you spent some time making music just for you. I think indulging in music is absolutely essential for the spirit!

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