It Might Not Be True

I have become brilliant.

For years I took music classes.  Grant it, they were forced upon me in my primary education.  It wasn’t something I was prepared for at the time.   It was part of first grade, second grade, third grade, etc… education.    I fondly remember music teachers and singing.   I remember enjoying drawing the treble cleff.  Clef?  Clif?   What ever it is, I enjoyed drawing it.

But for all my years of intensive music training (dripping sarcasm, or humor) I could never figure out the reading of music.  I was musically illiterate.  I couldn’t read it.  I couldn’t play it.   The sound track to my life, heavy sigh, was music created by others.

Enter in to my life my xylophone:

My Xylophone

It may be a child’s instrument.  It certainly isn’t fancy.   But it has music in it.  How do I know?   Because I found it!  The music!  I taught myself, in one single sitting, to play it.

I have mastered it.

All of these years I was a musical genius and didn’t know it.

Then, this morning,  my friend taught me in two minutes how to read music.  In full disclosure I can’t quite yet read music.  But I know the two basic concepts that years of my musical education could not teach me.

You put together something like this:






With things that look remarkably similar to:   q’s and p’s and o’s and some other stuff.

And wah-lah!

You can read and write music.

I know.   Too easy to believe I didn’t understand it as a child.

Put together they are like letters to make words.  But it makes music.

I’ll probably start writing some pretty fabulous music in the next couple of weeks.

I don’t know what happened during all of those years of my musical education.  Either I was an idiot then, or the teacher just couldn’t connect with me, or I picked up genius level ability somewhere in my adulthood.  I’m sorry I didn’t try this earlier in my life.  But then again, I don’t really know at  what point I picked up the genius level ability.  So waiting until now may have been exactly what I needed to do.

I’m not kidding you.   I taught myself this in ONE morning.   And not to brag or anything… But I taught myself this while I was riding a bicycle.  No joke.

Okay, maybe “mastered it” and genius aren’t quite the truth.

64 thoughts on “It Might Not Be True

  1. Yeah! That was the most beautiful piece of music to have ever graced my ears 🙂 If you can do this is one day, can’t wait to see what you can do later!


  2. Colleen, you give me hope. Instead of starting with the guitar, I can take baby steps and practice learning music with the xylophone. By the way, I watched the video without sound. My computer’s speakers stopped working. I’ll take a listen later on my phone. I’m sure you sounded WONDERFUL!


  3. I had no idea the xylophone was so cool! My kids have those annoying plastic/metal ones and I have about gone bonkers listening to them pound on those things! This was actually very pretty with the wood! I am very impressed! I played the video a few times and my husband asked what I was doing so I showed him too! He was also equally impressed! Good for you…you musical genius!!!


    • Hahaha! Aw shucks. Genius? Really? SWEET! 🙂 I am looking at some all wooden ones for the kids. They look pretty sweet. Little ones with color, but all wood. I will create a xylophone band! We will be famous (within this house!). 🙂


  4. Amazing …. Can’t wait for your first single to be released *laughing.
    Well worked, Colleen – not long ago that you were just playing with the words and thoughts. I can see a future raising here far ahead.


  5. Bravo!!!! I’d love to pick up an instrument. I played the flute, for one year, in the eighth grade. I mastered it pretty fast, too. Then I went on to high school and switched to theater, and the flute was long gone. You’ve inspired me again!


  6. WOW! I am truly awed by your genius! I can play “Mary Had a Little Lamb” on the piano… and you should HEAR how totally AWESOME I am at playing a stereo! Not too many people have reached my level of genius either, but I try not to brag. 😀

    Seriously, I enjoyed your writing and your demo… I believe this could go viral!

    Many blessings,


    • Hahahaha. Thanks Cheryl. I know about the not bragging, but it’s so hard when you just know the “awesome”ness is RIGHT THERE.


      Thank you for the very nice words. And the blessings, which I return with a smile for you as well.



  7. I loved this and believe almost anyone may accomplish anything, if they set their mind to it, Colleen! I still am not fantastic at clarinet and think of my time spent trying.
    “Band” in its varied forms was one of a few, very important places for my teen years. 😀 Robin
    Yay, for your moving and thinking bicycle where you self-taught the xylophone!


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