Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Pioneer Primary, May 3, 2006

On the invitation of Pat Peters, I agreed yesterday to fill in for entertainment that could not make it to Pioneer Primary today (see my entry from last year's Pioneer performance also). I played for about 25 minutes, then answered questions. What a great, polite, appreciative bunch of kids! Thank you all for having me out there.
I played the following songs:
Across the Universe (The Beatles, circa 1968)
In My Life (The Beatles)
Good Day Sunshine (The Beatles)
I Will (The Beatles)
Penny Lane (The Beatles)
Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da (The Beatles)
Do You Believe In Magic (John Sebastian, 1965)
You'll Be In My Heart (From Walt Disney's "Tarzan," 1999) (Phil Collins)
Colors Of The Wind (From Walt Disney's "Pocahontas," 1995) (Alan Menken)
Concerto in F (W.A. Mozart)
Suite No. 1 for Cello (J.S. Bach, 1685-1750)

Here are a few typical answers I gave to the many questions asked today.
"Yes, the cello is like a big violin you sit down and play; it's in the same family."
"This is the third cello I have owned. It was handmade in the early 1920's in New York by Czech immigrants."
"I started playing cello when I was about your age, in fourth grade. I turned 40 this year, so I've been playing for 30 years."
"No, I've never cut my hand on the strings."
"Now, I can learn most pieces in a week or so. But it used to take longer. The better you can read music, the quicker you can learn songs, so study your music theory and work especially hard on your counting, no matter what instrument you play."

Thanks again.