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After years of butchering a few foreign languages, I've developed a keen ear for them. I can't necessarily understand what people are saying, but if someone is speaking in one of the languages I can get by in, I can hear it across the room.

An older man and a younger Japanese woman were sitting in the corner of Samovar, the tea place I go to every day. And, sure enough, they were speaking Japanese. They seemed like an unlikely couple, so I paid attention and eavesdropped a bit. When the woman excused herself for a minute I dove in for some answers.

"Excuse me... I couldn't help but overhear that you were speaking Japanese. Are you being tutored?"

Early On a Sunday Morning: The Cello Recital

On Where Pianos Roam

On Tuesday, May 31, I performed on the cello in public for the very first time.  My teacher, the lovely Ms. Ronda Armstrong, orchestrated a charming little recital for her music students in the library of the Stratford Montessori School in Nashville's Donelson area.  There were three very young piano students and two adult cello students who performed. 

Before the recital started, we did a quick practice in Ms. Armstrongs music room, and I totally bombed on every piece.  Thankfully, I've always accepted this as a good omen.  I always wind up playing well when this happens.  I guess I just needed to get all the nerves calmed down and ironed out. 

After the practice, all five of us walked in singe-file line to the library.  We sat in the back, and before too long, the show began.  On the piano, all the kids that played were just adorable.  Jordan Widener played "Donkey" and "It's Halloween".   Sam Crow played "Minuet and Trio" and "I've Been Wishing".  Later on, Bella Dobson performed "German Folk Song" and "Kangaroo Family".  Watching them reminded me of a couple of piano recitals that I did when I was young.  I hope all of them continue to perform music in one way or the other.  It's just a fun skill to have even if you don't do it professionally.

Then, it was time for the cellists to play.  I was on first and played two solo pieces ("Go Tell Aunt Rodie" and "May Song") while Ms. Ronda accompanied me on the piano.  Here's a photo.  (There's a look of determined Asian concentration on my face.) 

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