Thursday, June 9, 2011


For several months, I've known, deep down in some cavernous part of my being
that I needed to revamp my sheet music situation.
All of my children have inherited musical talent
from both sides of their family.
Add that to a mother who is determined that they will overcome
the general lack
of ambition they inherited from her
so she has enrolled them in every possible toddler music class available for the last 15 years.
Just ask me. I know which one is best.
Anyway, that, plus my tendency to gather all available
resources around me
has led to a ridiculous amount of
sheet music.

Two weeks ago, piano teacher says I need to buy the
John Thompson's First Grade Book.
I have this book. I know I do.

Here Goes Nothin'.
Step 1 and 2:
Get all the music. Put it out on the floor.

Oops! I forgot a whole file drawer full!

I know, just get started, right?
Well, I was a little overwhelmed.
Luckily, Cherie
showed up
(Mr. LeFevre said I could hire her so that I have a small hope of getting it
all pulled together before my mom comes to visit next month).

Step 3: start sorting:
Piano Perfomance.
Legend of Zelda (what???).

Step 4: go through the stacks and "de-junk"
the word makes my head pulse.
My breath quickens and I start to see spots of light.
I can do this.

I gave a precious little to the
Deseret Industries.

Some got recycled (mostly practice copies).
Some even got thrown in the garbage.
Step 5: start filing.
I put the big books from all the categories on this shelf in my library:

In this armoire drawer in the piano room,
Organ and...
harmonica music

And still... I have orphans.

More filing(seriously? only one drawer?):
Note the bag of flashcards in the back.

a stack for big boys to make heads or tails of:
and just
4 short hours after beginning,
I have the floor in my front room back.

Someday, I hope to be Jenn's equal (ha!)
But for now...
at least I have my slightly used copy of John Thompson's First Book
(I guess I can take the one I just bought back and exchange it for Book the Second)
(oops, again).

Hooray for getting organized.
Did you know it can actually save you money?


Becca said...

Go Rin! It looks awesome. Wow, you tackled a big project, AND got it finished. I feel like there should be a big celebration, because it gives me hope that some day I too can get a part of this house really organized. Keep going!

Anonymous said...

You're so funny! And you did a great job on the piano music (holy cow you have a lot). Sometimes just getting started is the hardest part. Congratulations!

Cindy at LottieBird said...

oh, my. Did you know Doug was doing the same project? He was supposed to have it ready for the Tallulahs Fall show. But he does not have a Cherie. Eventually, the night before the show, I took the books which had been scattered throughout our living room, mostly on the sofa so the floor could be vacuumed, and put them all in one big stack and set them aside. Resigned.