Two or three weeks ago, my mother updated her facebook status with something like: “Just when you thought the packing was done, I discovered two boxes of sheet music! Does anyone want it?” I, naturally responded right away that I did. I figured most of the sheet music was mine and there were quite a few books of Christmas and popular music that I thought would be useful for the cabaret events that I perform in where I work. What arrived was a fantastic surprise that gave a big smile and lovely walk down memory lane.
The first thing I pulled out of the big fed-ex package was my high school letter jacket. It had all of my honor band patches from the early nineties and I giggled at how much of a band geek I am. I’ve been wearing it around the city, and surprisingly haven’t had any milkshakes thrown at my head a la television’s GLEE.
Underneath the jacket, however, was the best surprise of all. Along with my piano music from the 80’s and 90’s was a stack of my mom’s sheet music from when she took piano lessons as a kid. I have had so much fun playing through pieces like Bird Caprice, Trick-or-Treat, and La Nuit. My favorite collection is Lyric Preludes in Romantic Style. I have been entertaining myself by playing through them after work on these cold nights while I sip on some bubbles or a Bourbon. What fun!
Thanks mom for sending me such a wonderful care package. I know that I will derive tons of enjoyment from all of the great music and the letter jacket is sure to keep me warm in the frigid North. No milkshakes, please!