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Chorus Craze
Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2002, 12:10 a.m.

Question: Use the flash or don't use the flash?

What Did I Learn? Use the flash but only once and without warning.

Last night was the first of a series of school concert events. On the schedule first was the high school chorus and band/orchestra program. I am willing to admit without a hint of embarrassment that I like these programs. And before you ask, the answer is NO, I am not bored, insane, suffering from some form of maternal guilt, lacking in musical discernment, or without access to any other form of entertainment such as a TV or good radio that pulls in the AM talk shows along with the FM tunes.

I like the concerts for the high-spirited kids, the ever-hopeful chorus directors, the hand-waving band teachers, and the general goodwill and staggering endurance of the audience. Cant quite play that instrument yet? Hit a bad note or two in that choral piece? A roomful of parents with a huge assortment of photographic and video equipment is definitely your crowd. We just think it is all kind of sweet, even - no, maybe especially, the mistakes. Besides, we are so very glad that it is not us up there that nothing that goes wrong could really faze us.

Better than that, no matter how it sounds, well buy the CD after the concert for $10 and listen to it in the car stereo at least once afterwards.

If only others in our life could be so routinely forgiving. Honking drivers, demanding bosses, telemarketers who just wont take no for an answer - the list goes on and on. Wouldnt it be great if, instead of the strident honk, the raised eyebrow, or the non-stop trial offer, someone would just pat our cheek and say, Im so proud of you for getting up there and trying your best. Or, We have confidence in you, now dont worry about a thing.

Id even settle for nothing more than a little silent applause once in a while. No CD purchase necessary.

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