Son Jack keeps me straight in pronunciations. I told him we were going to stay in Advance for a few weeks. He said,"Dad if you are looking for auto parts you go to Advance, if you are going to the town it is ADD-vance."
When I was in the 1st grade dad sent me to piano lessons.
That didn't work. Next he brought a Saxaphone home. I was flabbergasted at the number of buttons and keys on that dude. I refused (one of my biggest mistakes other than the piano).
Then came the trumpet. Three buttons, I can handle that. I made the band. By the 6th grade I was first trumpet. I thought I was good!
Sister Shirl was a natural on the piano and played the French Horn. I never got even 'chopsticks' on the piano, but I could play the French horn. Friend Evelyn also plays a mean piano. She once fished her in to play for one of my chalk presentations.
I continued to play the trumpet in several church bands. I never was as good as I thought I was. When Sherry was pregnant with the second child, I bought a $3 guitar. Knowing nothing about the guitar I bought a book of cords. Mark was due in December it was July. I set out to learn 'Silent Night' by the time he was born. I did learn to tune, and cord the song Silent Night and in the process 'tore' my fingers up cording.
The guitar? I gave it up, my fingers could not take it. It was years later that I learned that I had bought what I had paid for, a $3 guitar. The Strings were 3/8 to a 1/2" above the frets and it 'killed my fingers' to press the strings down to the frets. So my chances of being a rock star were shot.
I had already decided I needed to play the comb or spoons. Both are actually musical instruments in the right hands.
Let me tell you, my desire to play the guitar came from my military experience. Out in the boonies or on the deck of a ship let some dude bring out a guitar and strum a couple cords, and he has an audience. To the lonely service guy missing that wife or girl, or just home, that guy sounds as good as Chet Atkins. I always wanted to be THAT guy. What satisfaction that must be, to bring joy thru music.
Do you play any instrument?