There are many things I wish I knew how to do.
Some are unrealistically philosophical—end world hunger, poverty, and homelessness.
Others are frivolous and shallow—eat only junk food and remain ridiculously healthy and drink all the wine I want and not ruin my liver.
But to answer seriously, I came up with five things I really and truly wish I knew how to do. Here are the four runners-up:
- fly a helicopter,
- speak a language other than English fluently,
- paint/sculpt and have it be recognizable as ‘something’, and
- draw better than pathetic-looking stick figures.
The Number One thing I wish I knew how to do is play the piano.
I was nine years old when I first started taking organ and piano lessons. Those lessons, collectively, ended up being as successful as teaching a pig to sing. It was mostly a waste of time, and it annoyed the hell out of me and the teachers.
But I persevered. I was 14 when I took guitar lessons. I did manage to learn to chord enough to strum in rhythm with the country music songs I played on my record player.
And all along, I knew what the problem was.
I couldn’t read music.
I was, however, able to elevate the blood pressure of all of those worthy music teachers in their valiant efforts to teach me to read music.
I’m forever grateful that my musically talented maternal grandpa taught me to play the harmonica by ear. At least I have that little bit of musical skill.
Are you musically talented? Anyone play the harmonica?
Until next time,
writing through history one romance upon a time
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