Recently Troy has shown interest in playing his favorite music on the actual instruments that he has. Thus, we’ve been hearing Handel’s Halleluja on the harmonica, Verdi’s Dies Irae on the drum, tambourine and tin tea jar, Gluck’s Orphee’s Aria Bravura on the drum, and finally, his latest hit – Vivaldi’s Spring, Mvt 1 on the piano. You could tell Troy has the urge to play along with the orchestra and enjoys hearing himself among other musicians.
At his young age Troy realizes that banging on the keys is no good. So he switches from touching the keys softly to touching an imaginary keyboard in the air. But - he always picks up the right tempo and almost always the right octave. When he only started “playing” Vivaldi,( or "Valdi" , as he puts it), every time he picked the wrong octave, he would immediately scoot to the right, to a higher one. Now, he already remembers, which octave is right for Vivaldi’s Spring. And you know, what? because there are only 7 notes!!!! sometimes just the right tempo and octave do make it sound a little like Vivaldi.
He looked into the holes and said something that warmed my heart for the rest of the night:
“Music is here, in recorder". And pointing into the holes: "Music is here, sitting here!"
So he has been trying to master his new instrument ever since and seems to see that covering and opening the holes as you play makes music happen.
Now he wants to play every piece he likes on the recorder. Since last night, I have heard several pieces from Gluck’s Orphee, Handel’s Halleluja, and even Lara’s Granada.
That one was truly special, because he actually asked me to sing it to him during our nightly cuddling time and tried to play his part on the recorder, while I was singing. It sounded both a bit funny and kind of good, and every time Troy ran out of music, (or air), he would just join me in singing it. It was very beautiful as an experience, if nothing else.
And of course, it makes me happy to see that he does have a good sense of tempo and rhythm and knows the music to all those songs quite well.