[Menvi-discuss] Speaking of Music Critics...
cdrobles693 at gmail.com
Mon Dec 10 11:40:35 EST 2012
Hello all I just stumbled across a post and thought I'd share it with
you since it is regarding music but in the mm ost fascinating, yet
From Chicken Soup for the Soul: I Can't Believe My Cat Did That!
By Janet Ramsdell Rockey
A cat has absolute emotional honesty: human beings, for one reason or
another, may hide their feelings, but a cat does not.
My tuxedo cat, Squeakette, greeted me with her usual meow and happy
dance around her food bowl when I came home from choir practice one
night. I gave my snuggle-puss twenty minutes of undivided attention. We
played catch with her favorite mouse until she tired of it and curled up
into a black-and-white ball on the sofa.
"Good," I said to myself. "Now I can practice unhindered."
My singing voice fell woefully short of Juilliard standards. Studying
opera for two years in the music department at a community college gave
me enough confidence to join the church choir.
"The only times you don't have to practice," my voice instructor had
said, "are days you don't breathe." According to her standard, I hadn't
drawn a breath in more than four years.
"Not quite ready for the Met, am I?" I said to Brian the choir director
at my first rehearsal.
"You'll be fine." He offered a wistful smile and placed me in the
soprano section, close to the altos. Perhaps I wavered between the two
Six weeks before Christmas, Brian handed out sheet music to the John
Rutter piece he selected for our cantata. As the holiday drew closer, he
gave us cassette tapes of the orchestra to practice on our own.
Now Squeakette snoozed peacefully on the sofa behind me. I popped the
cassette into the tape player and sat cross-legged in the middle of the
living room floor, breaking another opera-teacher rule. Sheet music in
front of me, I followed the melody with my index finger. When the music
reached the soprano part, I took a deep breath and stretched my torso
upward, remembering at least one point my voice professor taught me — go
high and come down on the note.
I sang the Latin words in my best soprano voice, "Gloria in excelsis, Deo."
Squeakette sprang out of her nap and rushed at me, meowing.
"Not now, Squeakette. I have to practice." I petted her and continued
She climbed across my legs and, pressed one front paw on my chest,
covering my mouth with the other. Her ears went flat, and her eyes
turned to amber slits. She scowled her harlequin-mask face. I didn't
know cats could frown.
"Are you trying to tell me something, Squeakette?"
I rewound the tape. This time when I attempted to hit the high note,
Squeakette bit my elbow. Not a bite that broke the skin, but more of a
warning nibble. She stood on her hind legs and put both paws over my mouth.
I stopped the tape and stretched out, patting the floor next to me.
She snuggled in and rested her head on my shoulder.
A newspaper headline flashed in my mind: OPERA SINGER'S CAREER RUINED BY
CAT'S PAWS. I chuckled at the thought. Stroking her silky black fur, I
said, "Do I tell Brian I can't practice at home because my cat bites me
when I sing?"
If cats could speak, she would've answered, "Don't give up the day job,
Mom." Instead she purred and kneaded under my arm, her eyes no longer
slits. I didn't know cats could smile.
Everyone's a critic, but none quite as honest as my Squeakette.
All I know is that my cats are good at knowing when it is time to get
out of my room when I start playing my trumpet...need I say more?
"Passion is a great motivator. Music is a life-long learning experience."
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