Monday, June 27, 2011

The Perfect Note


One week from today is our annual neighborhood 4th of July Parade.

I've been so busy that I haven't yet found anyone to sing the Star-Spangled Banner at our flag ceremony...so I guess the task falls to me.  I figured I'd better get my trumpet out and figure out the notes, so I can actually play it.  (I had to write out the notes, because my music from high school doesn't have the melody in one section.)  

I have avoided doing it myself during previous parades, because I already have a lot of details to worry about and coordinate...but this year, I have no choice.  Also I feel like I have to re-memorize it, because playing with music in my hand just feels wrong.  I prefer to have the music originate from somewhere inside of me instead of from a piece of paper.

I also feel pressure to play it perfectly, because...it is the Star-spangled Banner after all.  I can tell by the way that I am feeling that today is probably not the day to require perfection of myself...but perfectionism is my weakness...truly.  I try to keep it in check, but sometimes it gets away from me...

10 comments:

  1. I didn't know you played the trumpet! Hmm...I wonder what other hidden talents Jocelyn is keeping from us? :)

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  2. Do us proud, Jocelyn!

    =)

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  3. If you play as well as you write it will be an A for sure.
    I think it is awesome what you do for the 4th of July celebration.
    Blessings to you!

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  4. wow, that is a tough instrument to play -- nice going. well, good luck too.

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  5. perfection is a process and few of us realize it in this life. Just do your best!

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  6. Oh!! But you'll be great. Joss, how are you so amazing??

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  7. I play the trumpet too! I agree, I like having the music memorized, it makes it flow so much better.

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  8. Brookside Pride demands that music be memorized! Hildebrand would be happy.

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  9. Wow! Good luck! That will be such a thrill!

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