Trumpets are cool

I can remember the first time I heard my father play a trumpet. It was a complete surprise to me because I had no idea he had ever played one before! He was an accomplished pianist, percussionist, guitar and bass player – what more could he do? So it was such a surprise when he took his trumpet out of the case and played “taps” at home. I can still remember how excited my sisters and I were to hear him play the trumpet with a sound dampener on it to make it sound different! We were very young, and had never seen anyone use one before. I gained a lot of respect for my father that day, realizing that he was a lot more talented than I had realized!

Reducing the amount of plastic that gets thrown away

I have been concerned about the environment for as long as I can remember. I try to minimize the amount of plastic that gets thrown away, by recycling whenever possible. Unfortunately, we do have trash that needs to get “hauled away.” Watching videos about trash floating in the ocean makes me very sad. I wish more people would make more of an effort to recycle, and I wish that all plastic water bottles, plastic bags that are used for shopping purposes and for trash bags were bio-degradable. Unfortunately, according to an article I just read at the Rodale News website about whether it is better to use a bio-degradable bag or one that was recycled from other plastic items, landfills are created in such a way that bio-degradable things will NOT degrade, so bio-degradable plastic bags won’t actually bio-degrade in a landfill! They would, however, bio-degrade in the ocean, and so I think that using them is better than doing nothing at all if your trash goes into the ocean! So I think that stores that use plastic bags to send their products home with their customers would be helping the environment by using bio-degradable bags. I think that would be a big help towards reducing some of the pollution that threatens all of us.

Difference between a major chord and a minor chord

I learned something new today when I was reading an article online from thehub dot com. I was looking for a little insight on a guitar that Ben was thinking about buying, when I saw an article about the difference between a major chord and a minor chord. I had always wondered about that. The article explained that there is only one note’s difference – the third note is flattened, which makes the chord sound sad, or sinister. I never realized that before!

Time for some more humor

My mother told this one at our Mothers Day celebration. Now if you knew my mother, you would realize just how funny this is because my mother never tells jokes in the first place and well, this one is kind of funny was the second surprise to all of us. See what you think?

Little boy wanted $100.00 very badly and prayed for weeks, but nothing happened. Then he decided to write God a letter requesting the $100.00.

When the postal authorities received the letter to God, USA , they decided to send it to the President. The president was so amused that he instructed his secretary to send the little boy a $5.00 bill. The president thought this would appear to be a lot of money to a little boy.

The little boy was delighted with the $5.00 bill and sat down to write a thank-you note to God, which read:

Dear God:

Thank you very much for sending the money. However, I noticed that for some reason you sent it through Washington D.C. and they took $95.00 in taxes.┬áNext time please send it straight to me so they won’t take out all those taxes.

Moog handles

Craig was telling me that he is thinking about ordering some custom wood handles for the moog voyager rme that is is planning to give to Skip for his birthday. He told me that the handles will make it easier for Skip to move the synthesizer around, and having them made of wood will make the synthesizer more attractive too. I can understand the practicality of handles to make it easier to move it around, but how important it is to make it more attractive is questionable to me. But who am I to argue that point? There are lots of things that people think are great looking that I really don’t care about at all!