Amy Mantis


Passing the Baton (In A Way)

January 15, 2013

It feels so much later to me than it actually is.  It’s 9:30PM.  I’m probably going to go to bed immediately after I finish this.  Canary has a recording session tomorrow so I gotta be ready to go for that!

I teach guitar lessons.  Sparingly, I should say.  Not that I don’t want to do it, I just haven’t actively sought out students.  Right now I teach one ten year old boy twice a week.  I started out as his (and his two sisters’) babysitter, which has evolved into guitar teacher and family friend (I’m writing this from the guest bedroom at his house).  This family has been nothing but incredibly kind to me since I’ve met them.

Anyway.  Today, Aidan (my one and only student) had a musical talent show at his school. He asked me to go so of course I went.  Disappointing a ten year old boy is something I avoid doing at all costs.  Last night during our lesson, Aidan and I put together a medley of a few songs he’s learned.  He got up and played it (after only practicing it half a dozen times or so) in front of around 100 people!  His first public musical performance ever.  I’m very proud of him.  It took a great deal of courage for him to get up and do it.

Aidan has all the capability in the world to be an excellent musician, but he’s not too into practicing.  I hope this helps with that.  I think as he gets older and realizes how amazing music is, he’ll be more inclined.  I can’t force him to practice, and his parents can only do so much.  They both want him to keep up with it and I do too.

There were some very talented young boys at this talent show.  One kid played the drums and I was very impressed with his playing.  His name is Luke.  He’s only nine or ten but if he keeps playing, he’ll be a force to be reckoned with in the future.  I stopped him on his way out and told him I hope he keeps practicing because he’s just got a lot of character in his playing already.

In a couple of years or maybe even a few months, Aidan and Luke could start a band, like a young Black Keys.  I know it’s not going to happen, but I can dream.