"When we die, we will turn into songs, and we will hear each other and
remember each other."

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Heckled

Earlier this week, I was given the honor of playing the piano for the Oquirrh Elementary School Fifth Grade Christmas Program. I thought this would be a fun thing to do. Preparations began a couple weeks ago and I immediately learned (and improved) various arrangements of songs like "Holly Jolly Christmas" "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree" "Rudolph" and "Let There Be Peace On Earth". A couple days before the program, I was informed that I was expected to have "a little something" prepared for while the kids walked on and off the stage. I decided I would just take my big Christmas songbook and find something easy to play.
The program itself went well. I had a great rendition of "It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year" for while the kids came in. The actual program went very smoothly. My confidence was firm.
Then it was suddenly over. I scrambled through my big songbook to find something for the exit. "Jingle Bell Rock" caught my eye.
I figured, since it's technically a jazz song, it wouldn't really matter if I missed a couple notes here and there. I thought I was doing a great job having never played that song before. Apparently I was wrong. Some redneck in the back row shouted "Come on, Piano." At first I thought I was just hearing things. Then I realized that my take on a Christmas classic was offending someone.
So I stopped playing. Looked around. Stood up and left.
This experience is now the newest addition to my Anti-Christmas arsenal.

6 comments:

Roger and Laurene said...

Kyle. The person who didn't have the REAL take on Christmas was the idiot in the back row.
Love you! Merry Christmas!
~Aunt Laurene :)

Chelsea said...

Oh Kyle, what can I do to make you see how lovely Christmas really is? I am sorry that that guy heckled you and proud that you just got up and left. Hilarious...

Landon and Kylie said...

Time to stop feeling sorry for yourself Kyle. Christmas is fun if you let it be. I think your heckling story is hilarious though. Way to be. I can't believe someone did that at an elementary school play - I mean really! Merry Christmas if we don't see you before we leave!

Marye said...

Don't let some retard defeat you! You should have a very merry christmas no matter what anyone else says!!!

Williams Family said...

Awww...come on Kyle. Give the poor guy a break. It was probably the same redneck I saw walking out of DI with 17 bags of bargains he'd just picked up. Did he look like he stepped right off the set of Deliverance?? Some people just don't know any better.

Becky Green said...

Oh, geeze. Kyle, you know you sucked it up. That guy was just being honest.

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Haha, some people just hate being around Christmas, and children, and music. So a gym full of kids SINGING Christmas songs was probably not the place for him. I have to remind myself why I like Christmas practically every day. I hate it, and I love it. You have to find a balance.

You should tell Andrew Christensen about this dude. He can get the Russian Mafia to hook you up.