Roland the Headless Keyboard

I thought we were getting off light for our son’s first semester in college, because most of his classes require inexpensive textbooks or none at all. No such luck. Today we had to buy the Music Composition major a piano keyboard. His keyboard skills class had to move to mostly online instructions, so students willContinue reading “Roland the Headless Keyboard”

O Say Can You See the Truth About Key?

There is talk of changing our National Anthem because Francis Scott Key, who wrote the lyrics to the “Star-Spangled Banner,” was a slave owner, and because the song contains pro-slavery lyrics. My initial reaction was negative: I can’t see that it’s useful to erase the other achievements of anyone who owned slaves. What’s next? GiveContinue reading “O Say Can You See the Truth About Key?”

College Craziness: Tentative Decision

My son accepted a spot at James Madison University last week, and paid the deposit. While I’m relieved that he has somewhere to go, it’s a shame that he had to accept an admissions offer from a school that isn’t really where he wants to be, especially since he was also accepted to his firstContinue reading “College Craziness: Tentative Decision”

Taekwondo Class in the Time of Coronavirus

I posted a video a couple days ago of my teenage son’s virtual piano lesson, with him sitting at the baby grand with his phone set up nearby so his teacher could tune in via WhatsApp. In addition to being a musician, Jon Morgan is a third-degree black belt in taekwondo. Before the shutdown, heContinue reading “Taekwondo Class in the Time of Coronavirus”

Piano Lessons in the Time of Coronavirus

At first, the piano teacher wanted to keep coming to the house. After the governor’s shutdown order, I put my foot down. The piano teacher is in a high-risk age group, yet she resisted. She is using Facetime for lessons with some of her students, but didn’t understand when we said we can’t use FacetimeContinue reading “Piano Lessons in the Time of Coronavirus”

And Just Like That, High School Is Over

The governor of Virginia announced today that state K-12 schools are closed for the rest of the school year. I don’t fault him for making the decision. Our schools were already closed through the end of spring break in mid-April, but anyone who thinks this global coronavirus pandemic will be over by then is, well,Continue reading “And Just Like That, High School Is Over”