Wednesday, December 14, 2005
Christmas Concert for the Damned
Last night was one of those times where I beg for deafness to strike me for a couple of hours. It was the Annual Christmas Concert at the school that my young 'uns attend. This year they had an extra special 'treat' for the parents in attendance. Usually they group all the elementary students together and sing a handful of tunes; sweet and relatively painless. But this year as a little bonus, each class from K-4th grade, climbed on the stage for two songs each in order to solo. Not the good kind of solo, which would be so low that they could not be heard but one or two urchins behind a mike with the opportunity to screech to a captive audience.
One of the highlights of the evening was the 5th grade beginning bands version of ' Poke a Stick into my Ears ' played to the tune of 'Row, Row, Row Your Boat.' The High School Band wasn't half bad though. It helps when you can keep a band director for more than one year and not have the revolving door policy that has plagued the system for awhile. Although one song, 'Jingle Bells and Jungle Drums', brought to mind the SNL skit with Christopher Walkin. The one where he plays a record producer who tells the band, ' I have a fever and there is only one cure. Cow Bells, I have to have more Cow Bells.'
To be fair and honest, I must say that it is important to teach an appreciation of music at an early age. And from the young screechers of today, that I heard last night, may come the next Mozart, Metallica, Snoop Dog, or Faith Hill (Not likely but possible). And my apologies to all those parents who might be offended by my remarks but your kids looked cute. Does that make it better?