Thursday, June 18, 2009

Our music (little) man

He's playing piano again! A few years ago he stunned us all by picking out the tunes of "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star", "Mary had a little Lamb" and even "Happy Birthday" on the piano. So, playing it cool, we quickly got him piano lessons, and he promptly ignored the piano for at least 18 months. So much for finding his bliss for him. I got a view of how easy it would be to become Helicopter Parents, and just how he'd respond to that.

But he's now playing again and we've learned our lesson. This time we truly are playing it cool and not even going in the room when he plays. And what are we hearing? The warm-ups I teach/taught my voice students; major chords in several different keys, sometimes with both hands contributing; and most stunningly: "Sunrise, Sunset" from Fiddler on the Roof (which I am currently teaching to a new voice student). Not only is he playing, but occasionally he will SING ALONG.

It's about the most miraculous thing I've ever heard. I just vibrate with happiness and joy when I hear him sing. And on top of all this, he's singing with my voice student as well! Good thing it's one of his therapists, who takes great delight and joy in the unexpected duet.