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Prompt for the Day: “Sing”

The music enthusiasts from the Daily Post group of Word Press chose the word “Sing” for our creations of various types of art to be based on.

Love most Music

Tried to find the name of a song from back when I was in chorus in high school, but had absolutely no luck!  The words went something like this:  “I sing when I’m happy, I sing when I’m sad.  Singing can help me when I’m feeling bad.  In trouble or pleasure, at work or in leisure, whatever I do I just sing!”

Used to play the piano in grade school.  Was in both grade school and high school band.  Started out on my mom’s clarinet.  In junior high, I took up the bass drum and xylophone due to loss of use of one of my left hand’s fingers.  (Kept breaking my one finger either climbing trees or trying to catch a tennis ball in self defense during P.E. classes.  Face it was never a tennis player, you are NOT supposed to catch them bare handed!)

In high school, took up the tenor saxophone, due to lack of a decent sax player in the band.  (Face it some songs require a decent saxophone player!)  Taught myself how to play the tuba to help my baby brother get the hang of it.   Back in the day, I basically could teach myself how to play anything except the trombone.  Arms were to short for the school’s instrument.

Please Help Fight Terrible Disease

The medicine my neurologist prescribed for me to treat my multiple sclerosis is called Tysabri. Trying to find the actual cost on the internet is basically nearly impossible. I remember when I first started on the drug the amount the facility tried charging me was well over $2500. There was no way my husband and I could afford that then or every 28 days! Biogen (the company that manufactures the drug) has been helping us with some of the cost of the drug, but will not continue helping indefinitely. So I have started a Go Fund Me campaign. To contribute to the fund, click on the following link: https://www.gofundme.com/zfabhdes


Prompt for the Day: “Strike a Chord”

The musically interested people at the Daily Press division of Word Press chose “Strike a Chord” for the writing prompt for today.  They asked a two questions, followed by a statement to give us a starting direction-“Do you play an instrument? Is there a musical instrument whose sound you find particularly pleasing? Tell us a story about your experience or relationship with an instrument of your choice.”

Inherited 3 Clarinets

The first was from my mother.  Her parents had given it to her while she was in grade school.  When I started fourth grade, she let me learn how to play it in the local grade school band.  Ended up competing in several contests with the instrument.  When I moved into junior high school, kept playing the B flat clarinet.  Took up the school’s bass clarinet, wasn’t much different.  Started having problems with the dexterity of my hands due to multiple sclerosis, so started playing the drums which required less coordination from my hands.

Took a couple of years off from band due to problems going on in the school system.   My junior and senior year, started playing my mom’s saxophone.  Since we didn’t have a good sax player in the district, it was either me or nothing!

Still have my mom’s clarinet in my possession.  Inherited another two antique clarinets from my great grandfather.  He used to play them in a local German dance band.  One was an Albert system B flat the other was a E flat of the same system.  I loved playing the older system, since the trills were easier for me to perform with that design!

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Please help fight my disease

The medicine my neurologist has me on for my multiple sclerosis is called Tysabri.  Trying to find the actual cost on the internet is impossible.  I remember when I first started on it , the amount the facility tried charging me was well over $2500.  There was no way my husband and I could afford that every 28 days!  Biogen (manufacturing drug company) has been helping us with some of the cost of the drug, but will not continue helping indefinitely.  So I have started a Go Fund Me campaign.  To contribute to the fund, click on the following link: https://www.gofundme.com/zfabhdes

All help will be greatly appreciated.   Thank you for your generosity!



Prompt for the Day: “Express Yourself!”

The cheerful people of the Daily Post group of Word Press came up with the daily prompt for today as “Express Yourself!“.  They also asked the following two questions to prime our writing engines “Do you love to dance, sing, write, sculpt, paint, or debate? What’s your favorite way to express yourself, creatively?”.

Loved making music when I still had the full use of my hands on the piano, and many as many other instruments that I could get my hands on! But multiple sclerosis took the steady use of my hands away from me.  Still have several clarinets, the one passed down to me from my mother, and two I inherited from my grandma.  They were her father’s instruments that he played in a local musical group.

Even played the piano while sleep walking in college!  Went down and used my student I.D. to check out the keys to the piano in the main lobby of the dorm.  Put my sheet music up where it belonged (only problem was I put it upside down)! One of my classmates discovered me playing the song “Memory” from the musical “Cats” by Andrew Lloyd Webber.

Since I can no longer play music, I write using a laptop computer since my handwriting is no longer legible.  Wrote short stories while I was in high school, but gave up that past time because my work was not appreciated.  Now I no longer let others judge my work, if I am happy with it that’s all that matters!

Doing my writing and reading books is what makes up my normal days now.  Add that in with aggravating our cat and I have a fun filled day of scratch marks and animal bites, who could want more?  Occasionally, turn on the television to receive the Eagle’s music station for their music offerings.