My particular little corner of Purgatory has been enhanced this year; resulting in even less brain function available for positive uses.
Smidgen- now to my horror 9 years old - has become an enthusiastic singer. This is much my doing, since I have worked for multiple years to teach her "how". She was not a "natural". That doesn't bother me; many "non-natural" singers can and do learn, and sing beautifully.
I, unfortunately was a natural. One of those sometimes despised individuals who learn new long melodies almost instantly; and correctly. And my sense of pitch, inherited from my mother; was such that our very meticulous high school band director - would have the oboe give the A to tune the band- and use my ear to indicate flat/sharp - for the entire band. Thank god I never thought that was anything to be snooty about; I'd have been killed quickly. Just physics and dumb genetic chance.
Smidgen, to my very great joy as a parent, has reached the point where she enjoys her music. And she loves learning new songs. She now sings- constantly. And only semi-conciously; yesterday was "Silent Night". All day. Erupting repeatedly in inattentive moments; being suppressed, then re-erupting. Even the periodic "Look, kid! Go outside and sing to the dogs and cats for the next half hour, ok?", once performed; does not result in any decrease in the internal pressures driving the eruptions.
Many of you know what comes next; there are multiple aspects of "music" that she has not mastered- or even noticed, yet. Her internal sense of relative pitch is ok; but what ever key you are singing in, when she joins in she will bring her own key with her. She'll stay in a key, once found; but her sense of melody is unique, in my experience. She learns melodies ( like phrases and variations in Silent Night) - not sequentially, but by gestalt. She knows, truly, the entire gestalt of the entire Silent Night. When she sings; she reproduces the gestalt accurately - and completely at random.
The outcome for the onlooker is jarring. It works ok if she's singing the same song (in the same key this time) with 2-3 other people, then you're likely at the end to hear "My, Smidgen; you sing harmony beautifully! However did you learn?" which will result in a baffled, and growling, Smidgen.
Oh, the sanity!
Happy Everything; Anyway.