March 24, 2012 – S has been playing the drums for just over a year now. Last December, her teacher, Guido, decided it was time for a recital. So they got to work, practicing a few different songs that would showcase the different beats she’s learnt. He would accompany her on guitar and provide vocals. By her request, the guest list was small–Oma and Opa, of course, a few aunties and two cousins. Invitations for Music in the Afternoon were sent out.
With guests assembled in our wee music room, the show began. First song on the set list was Stormy Mondays. There was a little misstep, but she played through it, and being the showman he is, Guido adapted, switched from singing to humming, and kept playing his guitar. The next song, Stand by Me, was flawless. She’d been practicing that one the longest. That was followed by You Send Me. Then it was time for the big finish. The final jam highlighted her ability to work her feet independent of what her hands were doing and featured a call and response jam between the two of them bookended by S doing a jungle beat solo. This was my favourite piece for so many reasons. Firstly, I was just impressed at her ability to move her limbs independently like that! I loved seeing the interaction between the two of them, the look of intense concentration on her face as she launched into her last solo. It brought tears to my eyes. Really. And when it was all done, seeing that huge smile splash across her face, a look of sheer joy and relief at the same time, was one of the best mothering moments ever.
© Kiki Yee, 2012