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When grandma-ing goes wrong….
The saxophone and the fiddle
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Mimi Aysha

February 17, 2020 - 11:09 am
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When grandma-ing goes wrong….On the way to their fiddle class with my grands,  the oldest asked if he could bring his saxophone, I said sure thing, not knowing I was going to get blasted for the complete 55 minute journey, wow, the first 4 bars of careless whisper (It was a "my era" song, by the gorgeous George Michael) Not looking so gorgeous now George!……now that I’m in the car with the saxophone about 10 inches from my right ear.

I should have sat him in the very back, (I think they make everything and everyone a little bit bigger in Texas, the car has 3 rows of seats, - I failed, should have put him in the back seat or possibly the trunk!...it's a hatchback, he won't suffocate)….his little brother sat behind me groaning, asking if he could at least move onto the chorus so he could sing along, but no, he continued to play those few notes over and over…..

I asked “how was school today?….”good"….15 notes then an urgh! same notes, then an urgh, start again!….
Then the little one remarks, if he’s gonna play that all the way there, I'm going to go insane.
Could it get any worse, yes!…..The little one gets out his fiddle….he’s trying to play along, but its just screeching random notes only interrupted by intermittent munching of chips and laughing….
Every time he started again I nearly jumped out of my seat….
I wanted to say stop, but he was almost getting all the notes, and I so wanted him to get them…please get them, pleeeease...
We arrive about 10 minutes late, I made a couple of wrong turns, and I think I ran though a couple of stop signs…I can’t hear anything out of my right ear…and can’t stop humming that awful song...
NOTE TO SELF - do not purchase anymore instruments requested by grandkids for Christmas….do not be too encouraging, and must learn to say no…please NO!
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February 17, 2020 - 11:24 am
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I now have a tenor sax ear-worm; I'll just have to play some John Coltrane to ease the pain ;-)


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February 17, 2020 - 6:39 pm
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I was practicing on tenor today, but became upset and stopped because I couldn't find my plastic reeds.  After a lengthy search I found them but had lost the will to continue.  Tomorrow is another day.

I cannot imagine being in a car while someone is playing tenor.


February 17, 2020 - 7:47 pm
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Speaking of Sax and Violin music these two have a great sound


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Mimi Aysha

February 17, 2020 - 9:05 pm
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I think it's a an alto sax, not sure - reasonable beginner type instrument on amazon....

Hey that sax and violin sound really good together...I'm guessing that's a tenor cause it looks a bit bigger, sounds nice and smooth.

....I played grandson a little Grover W Jr. as we used to listen to that back in the day...he wasn't impressed. 

But John Coltrane, probably the best ever!...


February 17, 2020 - 10:55 pm
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Funny story Mimi.  Thinking you have nerves of steel to keep it between the lines.  


February 18, 2020 - 9:27 am
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Mimi, You have WAY more patience than I would have had. I'm not sure if I could have put up with it. Might have said, "OK that was nice but we need to put the sax away right now". 

If that continued to happen the sax might have "accidentally" fell out the window :)

"Whoops, let me go back for that....uh oh. Did I just back over it?"

Mimi Aysha

February 18, 2020 - 9:29 am
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oh boy, nerves of steel, I wish....probably got this grandma thing down all wrong...

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February 25, 2020 - 9:25 pm
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LOL Mimi.
Lets hope he doesn't read the story right., ROFL.
Thanks for the laugh.

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