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You know the rest of the quote. American Pie was a classic movie that piggybacked on the classic song by Don McLean. I assume he received significant royalties. The quote referred to innovative ways to play the flute.
I have said many times here and elsewhere that one of the best decisions my wife and I ever made was insisting our two sons take piano lessons before they went to middle school. We told them that after they learned to read sheet music, they could switch to the instrument of their choice as long as they played in the high school band. One became a drummer and the other played the saxophone. The reason we insisted was that when we had gone back to high school reunions, we noticed that our friends who had been in the band had much stronger ties to high school and those relationships than any other group.
Overnight band camp was not available for my sons but several weeks of daily practice in the summer and numerous hours of practice during the school year was a given. Although both of them could have excelled at high school sports, they became accomplished musicians and have maintained close friendships from those times.
There is a high school not too far away from my house and sometimes in the afternoon I hear the marching band playing the theme from the Phantom of the Opera or the Batman theme and my heart swells.Published in