Andrew Magrath (biggrumpy) wrote,
Andrew Magrath

Leaving Japan with some Shred of my Dignity

About three weeks ago in class a boy asked me to play the tuba at the school festival at the end of October. I have told a few teachers that I played the tuba in high school and middle school but I didn’t know word had gotten out. I was interested but do not know if I still have the skill. It has been about 6 years since I have played, and I don’t even remember if I can read the music. I went to the music club to see. It turns out I can still play the B-flat scale. But I can’t read music anymore. I mean I really can’t read it. I can am okay by myself, but when we played together I was literally lost no less than 6 measures in. This happened every song. I forgot what symbles meant and more or less am music illerterate. It was pretty sad. I had to respectfully tell the teacher I cherished the opportunity but I simply do not have the skill to do it. She didn’t understand, language barrier strikes again! Later another teacher told me he would help me to learn the Tuba. I explained the music was too hard and I haven’t played in 6 years. He said he would help! I have been avoiding the topic, it would now appear that I am off the hook. Although if this festival I am handed a tuba I will be most embarrassed and people will be walking away with hurting ears. But that was not enough! I don’t know if I look like some with talent, but now they want me to sing at the festival. They want me to sing the Queen “We will rock you” song. I sing the part with lots of English words and the kids sing the chorus, “We will, we will rock you!” Gaaah! Singing is worse than Tubaing! I am unable to say no to pressure, remember I did invite a cult into my house that one time, but I also would like to escape Japan with some semblance of ego! Luckily I got one of my English teachers to promise to sing with me. I am hoping she can handle all the music bits and I can handle the pronunciation, maybe together we can be a musical tour de force. The other thing I should remember is they will probably love me no matter what I do, at least I hope that is the case. Needless to say I have to learn the song by Monday, guess who needs to schedule some karaoke over the weekend?

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