Besides a certain few people, there are only a few things I truly love in this world. One is words. And the other is music.
I played flute almost all of middle and high school, which equals out to about 9 years. It was where I made some of my best high school friends and made some of my favorite memories. Band gave me a sense of belonging that I had never found anywhere else. But since I started college, I’ve barely played.
Why I Haven’t Played My Flute in Ages
- No time. How am I supposed to spend time with my boyfriend and my friends and my family and keep up with my classwork and sleep a little and still find time to play? (Well, if you would quit watching Netflix, that would probably help…)
- No one to play with. While flute solos are wonderful, it gets a little dull just paying for myself after six years of concert band. (Church orchestras! University ensembles! Start a band! Your boyfriend plays guitar, for Pete’s sake!)
- My teeth don’t want me to. When I got my braces put on, it made it difficult to keep a good tone. When I got them off, it made it even worse. (Wah, wah. Like you didn’t know music was hard work.)
The italicized side of my brain, prodded by said guitar-playing boyfriend, inclined me to pick up my flute the other day and play a few scales. And even though I wasn’t perfect, my tone sounded significantly better than it did the last time I tried, and the last time, and the last time. I ended my little practice session in a much better mood than I was in when I began.
Why I Want to Start Playing Again
- I was good. (Yay, talent and self-esteem!)
- I know exactly what I need to do to hone my skill again. (Long tones, here I come.)
- I spent 9 years learning to play well. (Waste all that money? I don’t think so.)
- It just damn well makes me happy.
Cheers to being happy. Even if it means work.