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1.What musical instruments have you played?
I think I have a complex when it comes to music. My dad had perfect pitch, could play any instrument he put hands to. My mother was a voice major in college before deciding to be an English teacher. And my grandmother was a music teacher. It was a lot to live up to!
But I started playing piano when I was five. My piano teacher lived around the corner, and she was MEAN. My dad was my favorite teacher because he was patient and kind. I started playing flute in 4th grade, and I will never forget how hard the teacher tried to convince me to play something else because I had such bad allergies, which affected both my breath control and my hearing. Same issues my Vietnamese teachers at DLI thought I’d have at learning a tonal language. But I prevailed (at both), and I loved it. I still play from time to time. I also played alto sax from 6th to 8th grade, which I hated, although I was okay at it.
I have my dad’s electric guitar and his mandolin, neither of which I know how to play. That’s my goal, along with the ukulele, which my kid plays.
2. When do you play with your food?
Only when I hate it and have to make it appear I’m eating it!
3. What’s your favorite stage play?
There’s a special place in my heart for Annie with Andrea McArdle as the title character, as it was my first Broadway performance. I also love Rent, Cats, Wicked, and Hello, Dolly!
4. What games do you play on your phone?
Words with Friends, Trivia Crack, along with a few puzzle games. Logic games, sudoku games, nonograms.
5. When did you recently play it by ear?
Not as much as I did pre-pandemic. I can’t even really remember at this point!