I’m dating myself when I say that I was absolutely enthralled by the latest technology as a teen – which was the “walkman”. I didn’t even own one myself, but had to beg my friend to have a go when I could. And I haven’t lost any passion or appreciation for great gadgets like the best numark ndx200. Can you imagine what kind of reaction anyone from twenty or thirty years ago would have seeing this awesome thing in operation? It’s almost mind-boggling how far technology has come.
My daughter is excited about trying out the clarinet this year in school. She has always shown a desire to play an instrument. But this year, she had to make a choice of either playing a brass instrument, the trumpet, or a reed instrument, the clarinet. She chose the clarinet.
I was frankly worried about her picking up the clarinet, because my own experience in music taught me that the clarinet is not the easiest instrument to play. It can be a challenge for young musicians to learn as well as for their long suffering family to listen to.
On the other hand, I was pleased to see that the clarinet she brought home with her was one of the legendary vandoren family. At least she will have the best of the best to help her master as much as possible this beautiful sounding wind instrument.