Renoir, Girls at the Piano
Boys at the Piano
Today Ethan and McKay performed their duets in the annual Music Federation Festival. McKay (who had easier pieces and practices more) scored a “Superior.” He was cool as a cucumber. Even when his duet partner Emily had a rocky start and stopped playing, McKay put his arm around her and said in his most soothing 8-year-old-parent voice “It’s okay. We’ll start again, but you’ve just got to do your best and keep going.” I think he deserved extra marks from the judges for sweetness.
Ethan and his partner (who are both busy with schoolwork and scouts and other things besides practicing) scored an “Excellent.” Despite attempts by their teacher to talk them out of it, they had picked a very difficult version of Pachelbel’s “Canon” – a song that everybody knows and loves. Unfortunately, this means that everybody also can tell when it’s being played with wrong notes, of which there were, sadly, quite a few today. But I was proud of Ethan. He just keep playing, and despite a few rough stretches (who knew Pachelbel was experimenting with dissonance so early?) they made it to the final chord which they hit correctly and simultaneously and we all breathed a collective sigh of relief. Ethan was a bit bummed out. But it was nothing that a trip to the football game with Dad shouldn’t fix. Go team.