Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Christmas Memories Pt 3: The Triangle
Sometime around first grade we all begin our careers as guinea pigs for the elementary school Christmas concert and/or play. "Up on the Housetop" is the most vivid memory for me and my brief musical presentation with the triangle.
Yep, the triangle.
The kids and I always joke and enjoy the SNL sketch with Christopher Watkins. The "Don't Fear the Reaper" presentation as part of a VH1 Behind the Music spoof in which Will Ferrell bangs on the cowbell.
"I got a fever! And the only prescription.. is more cowbell!"
Only fitting since my minimal musical skills were captured on the triangle. I've reflected that I never had an affinity for playing in a band or playing an instrument. It all started (and ended with) first grade: no drum, no horn, not even the tambourine....nope, the triangle.
I was THAT kid.
Christmas plays were tragic enough, but to be subject to the not-so-subtle discrimination of the having to play the triangle...how did I survive?