Friday, April 27, 2012

Sheldon Plays the Cello

Lovely Sheldon sent me a photo someone took of her playing cello at their recent wedding causing me to wax nostalgic on her affair with her instrument. When she was in 4th grade, the junior high music program gave a hard pressed pitch to the little budding musicians for a bigger cello section. Surely, she’d want to play the sweet, portable violin? Or perhaps viola? But no, she dug her heels in because she wanted to be unique, like I should have seen that coming. This is the same girl who took French rather than handy Spanish living in a state that borders Mexico.


Entering the world where the leader waves a stick to keep the little ruffians in line was certainly a learning curve. Who knew that instruments came in sizes, half, three quarter and full? Or that they have to compete to be first chair? Or those private lessons are the norm? The most embarrassing part was that as unskilled classical music parents we were always clapping at the wrong place. If you’re new to the world, just because the music stops doesn’t mean they're done, it’s the end of a mooooooovement.

I had to upgrade to a pickup truck with a full size crew cab for Pete’s sake. Heaven forbid our new expensive baby rode in the bed unsecured by a seat beat. The plus of the bigger vehicle is it could also fit her stinking golf clubs. We were never so happy as when she got her own freaking car to cram her stuff in so we could actually put our own junk in the backseat. The first 500 concerts were painful squeaky affairs, but by the time they creep along to junior high you begin to almost enjoy it. I have to say she stuck with it and in her sophomore year began playing in the elite high school chamber orchestra.



Her talents did score her a trip to Russia to participate in a Music Festival in Saint Petersburg. As usual, I was focused on all the wrong stuff. The cello needed its own passport, too many snuck out of the country and we didn’t want Sheldon to be arrested by stealing a national treasure. The week before she went, eleventy zillion people froze to death in Moscow from the worst cold streak on record, but she refused to pack long underwear, it would involve too many panty lines under her concert skirt. And finally, St. Petersburg has some weird bacteria in the water, Europe’s answer to Montezuma’s revenge. The kids ended up fighting like Survivor contestants over fresh bananas. After having eaten smoked and freeze dried food, she begged us to make her favorite meal on her first night back.

Beef Stroganoff
1 pound beef stew meat
½ cup flour
Salt and Pepper to taste
3 tablespoons olive oil
2 cans beef consommé
1/2 cup sour cream

Combine flour, salt and pepper in a bowl. Dredge meat in flour mixture. Heat oil in large skillet, brown meat on all sides. Remove with slotted spoon to saucepan. Add consommé to sauce pan and cook for 20 minutes over medium heat covered. Add sour cream and cook until heated throughout. Do not boil. Serve over hot egg noodles.

I could end this blog by attaching an audio clip as the proud parent, instead, I will default to my usual mode and make fun of my little flower. Attached is a video of a little walk through the Russian snow, something we don’t get in sunny Arizona,  where Sheldon biffs out. Cause I’m sensitive like that.  Happy week Team Tuna!


Updated by request, actual music from when they were in Russia. Bear in mind this performance was by about twenty high school kids, 15 to 17 years old....





22 comments:

Laurel's Quill said...

The Cello can be beautiful when it's done right...very haunting music. Aren't ya glas ya stuck it out???!

Marianne said...

Seriously?? I'm foaming at the mouth for the audio clip. The cello rocks. Don't toy with me this way. Love, Amy Chua's Sis

Mark said...

Although I thought that that clip was funny, I want to hear her play. What's wrong with you anyway? I love Cello music!
m.

Meg at the Members Lounge said...

I love the cello, I am a Yo Yo Ma fan. How's that for knowing my orchestra, Mrs. Tuna? Sheldon needs to have some cello's at her wedding, I think.

Janie Junebug said...

Cello music is beautiful, but it's a rather naughty and revealing instrument if a young lady wears a short skirt and no panties while playing. Just sayin'.

Love,
Janie

Mrs. Pancakes said...

How exciting!!

The Defiant Marshmallow said...

Clapping at the wrong time. Never done that before. ;-)

I love the snow in St. Petersburg. The snow snow. Snowy snow. Wet, flaky snow. Lol!

Laoch of Chicago said...

Let there be audio clip!

MOV said...

oh, your daughter is awesome (and we know where she gets it--YOU). You are a great mom. And yay for letting her go to Russia! great experience. :)

write more soon!!!!!!!!!!!!

xxo
MOV

Mom of the Perpetually Grounded said...

Lovely photo! You just sent me down memory lane as well. Lessons, practice, lugging the thing around, not having a clue what was going on with the music ; ) Except my darling Mid had a habit of losing her rock stop, so most of her concerts looked more like a three stooges act than an elegant performance!

Angie said...

What a beautiful young woman and so talented! Cello music is so beautiful it's like a lover's voice calling to you.

dbs said...

I want to hear the music too. Please?

Nicki said...

St. Petersburg? THIS IS MY JEALOUS FACE.

Crack You Whip said...

My son used to play the Cajun accordion and fiddle (well, it is not classy like the cello) but I enjoyed it when he played. He is a teenager now and chose to pursue other interests...xbox.

Your daughter is beautiful and very talented!

Andrea said...

Love this post, not just as a mom of two stringers (viola and violin...send her our way!) Indulge us all with some audio...of her cello!

The Defiant Marshmallow said...

Aaron Copland! Wonderful! Played with serious chops by these kids for sure. I am impressed.

Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell said...

I kinda like that she fought for her cello, and that she has that stubborn streak.

Your beef stroganoff recipe sounds like a must make too!

Mark said...

I've been waiting my whole life to hear her. Thank you! mark

oceangirl said...

She's a beauty and so talented and knows what she wants. You must be really proud.

Mrs Tuna, my blog has a new address, it is on my profile.

Annie said...

Wow, that audio is pretty impressive. And Russia! And snowy snow! Half her luck.

So glad you did what you were told and stopped by the blog :) Thank you!

Annmarie Pipa said...

she sounds like she is going to land on her feet wherever she lands!!

Shawn said...

i have a 13 year old Granddaughter who plays the Viola.. I don't think she will reach the quality of this music, but who knows!

Another Granddaughter decided to play the flute during her Junior High years. For the first concert of the year, she had only being taking lessons for a few weeks. The wonderful teacher asked her to just put the flute by her lips and pretend she was playing! We enjoyed the concert, captured wonderful pictures..and nobody in the audience knew any different!!

Loved Sheldon's commentary while walking in the snow!!