Throwback Thursday

In honor of it being Throwback Thursday, here’s a photo of Little Domer.

Following in both his parents’ footsteps, he took piano lessons as a kid. For a while, he was okay with it, but as he grew older, he balked more often.

And refused to practice.

But music is a huge part of him, and now he plays often — stuff he enjoys. As Victor Hugo wrote, “Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent.”

Little Domer after one of his piano recitals.

Little Domer after one of his piano recitals.


20 thoughts on “Throwback Thursday

  1. What a precious photo, Debbie! He looks like a “professional” sitting there at the grand piano on that stage. You GO, Domer!

    I also took piano as a kid. And like Domer, as I got older I balked more often and then eventually stopped taking lessons.

    “But music is a huge part of him, and now he plays often — stuff he enjoys.”

    That’s great to hear! Good to know he still plays the piano.

    “Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent.”

    How true that is! I also believe that music is the one language that can be understood by ALL because all you have to do is “feel” music in your heart and it’s understood universally.

    Have a terrific Thursday, my friend!

    • “All you have to do is “feel” music in your heart and it’s understood universally.” I love that, Ron, and you hit the nail on the head! Music has a language all its own; and I can’t think of a soul who doesn’t like some forms of music.

      So, you’re a piano lesson dropout, too? Well, you know it’s not surprising, considering how most piano lessons are taught. I remember having to play scales and arpeggios and finger exercises over and over again, when what I really wanted to play was rock ‘n roll, Ha! Domer had the same problem, naturally!

      Thanks for dropping by and letting me brag up my kid — have a fabulous Thursday!

    • Thanks, Katybeth, I knew you’d understand. I haven’t wanted to post identifiable pictures of Domer here, but this one, I couldn’t resist. He’s sitting on that bench just as precisely as his teacher wanted her students to, and it’s hardly identifiable. I mean, where did that fair hair of his go?? It’s hard to tell from the shot, but I doubt his feet even reached the floor — who knew he’d grow so tall?! Thanks for indulging my mom side!

    • His tastes now run all over the map, Professor. He’s accomplished in trumpet, of course, and is self-taught in guitar (acoustic and electric). And since he started on percussion, I’m betting he can still do that, too. My late dad always claimed there were no musical people on his side of the family, but there were many on my mom’s side and several on Domer’s dad’s side. Oh, and *fun* is always fun!!

    • I didn’t realize you played clarinet, too, Linda — that was my Band instrument, all the way through college! Funny to remember how many squeaks came out of that thing, huh?
      You chose a GREAT song. Domer, too, would have preferred playing something other than the classics (though, looking back, I suppose we ALL have to endure some of them in order to appreciate the freedom to choose, Ha!)

  2. This photo made me smile! I always wished I could play piano (I played clarinet in junior/high school.)

    I read your comment above about your apprehension in posting the photo. Personally, I don’t think it’s too revealing, as it’s not a close up and doesn’t reveal his facial features. I avoid posting clear photos of my kids, too. The internet has too many shadows and we never know what’s lurking…

    • That’s exactly my concern, Janna. I know he does Facebook with his friends and all, but somehow, that’s different — perhaps because *he* is the one doing the posting there, Ha!
      I didn’t realize you were another clarinet player — golly, there were bunches of us, huh? After piano, clarinet came fairly easy because you only have to play one note at a time, most of which are in one clef. With piano, you’ve got BOTH hands going and in two clefs!!

    • Thanks, Monica. I think recitals were harder on me than on Domer — he couldn’t have cared less how he performed, but since I’d been listening to his practices, I knew where the “perils” were (and was cringing at the thought of them, Ha!)

  3. What a sweet photo. My kids never took an interest in playing music, but they sure love to listen to it and I still enjoy strumming a guitar and singing a lil off tune. ha

    • Music is such an outstanding outlet for our emotions, as you know, Pat. I imagine your kids expended their pent-up energy through sports. Domer did, too, but whereas sports fed his body, music fed his soul!

    • Lovely prayer, Tanya, and I thank you for it. Music touches the very heart and soul of him, and I can’t see him being too far away from it — ever. He’s got sports for physical exercise, but our deepest emotions are fed and nourished by music.

  4. Such a cute photo!

    I took piano lessons as a kid. I hated them and quit. I still sort of wish I’d stuck it out. I love music. I feel it way deep inside of me. But if I’m honest, I don’t have the talent to create it … only to feel it.

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