And the Music will move you.

Monday, January 9, 2012
This post was triggered by a discussion on Twitter between Cynwise and a TON of other people.  He made a comment about what he should have his child do, piano or cello, and there was a lot of discussion about this.  So, I want to talk about music for a little bit.

I have always loved music.  One of my earliest memories is of my mom playing a song and then asking me "Did you hear that?" and rewinding the tape so I could hear the line she was talking about.  By doing this, she taught me to pick out the individual lines in the music.  I could hear the french horn, the trumpet, the saxophone.

When I got to be old enough (7th grade), there was no doubt that I would join the school band.  The band was made up of about 10 kids and everyone played a different instrument.  (I went to a TINY school, I had 20 kids in my class that year.)  I picked up the baritone and lugged it around.  I didn't play it for very long, mostly because I wasn't a very strong child and lugging that mother f-er around was hard.  (My entire town was only a square mile but my babysitter was on one side and my house was on the other AND the school was like dead in the middle.)  I ended up picking up the flute.  Mostly because it was light and I could put it in my backpack.

When I moved to live with my mom (my parents were divorced), I joined the school band.  This was a whole school band, not just middle school (I was in 8th grade here and had 13 kids in my class). So there was about 25 kids.  However, there was no low brass, so I picked up that goddamn baritone again and pretty much played the tuba part for the band.  Ompha Ompah!

When we moved again (before 9th grade), we moved to a large town and I joined the band again.  I started out with flute and after getting hit in the back of the head REPEATEDLY by the girl that sat next to me (she looked like a willow tree in a wind storm), I asked my teacher if there was another instrument I could play.  He said he needed french horn players.  So I switched.  And honestly, I've never looked back.  French horn is awesome and fun and beautiful.  I marched with my french horn for 3 seasons of high school marching band and 2 seasons of 'extracurricular marching band'.  I also ended up picking up trumpet for our high school's jazz band.  It was awesome.  I excelled at brass instruments and I loved it.

After high school, my music went by the wayside.  A couple years ago, I joined a pops orchestra but I didn't stick with because I ended up having severe anxiety attacks before performances.  I also tried to learn how to play the viola but stopped because the idea of strings boggles my mind.  (My husband played stand up bass in high school and plays electric bass, guitar and ukulele now, so he has no sympathy for me!)

What does this have to do with anything?  I can hear you asking this.  Well, it's like this.  I would love LOVE to see Blizzard introduce a Bard class into the game.  There are so many cool things you can do.  The idea of walking around playing a lyre, dulcimer, guitar, ukulele, or whatever appeals to me so so so much.

I played a MUD for years (from 1999 until we bought our house in 2004) and in that MUD, there was a bard class.  This class was able to do a lot of things, they could make you dance and thus make you too tired to fight them.  (The dancing song was Lionel Ritchie's "Dancing on the Ceiling".)  I can't remember all the other things you could but in the MUD they were noted for being awesome fencers.  I think they had a song that could let them put people to sleep and there were songs that buffed their party members.  It was awesome.

I don't know how you'd have to balance this with Blizz's new policy of making everyone share buffs but it would be so awesome.  Maybe they could bring a fort buff since I believe it's only warriors (short duration and they can't do anything else, shout wise), imps and priests who bring that buff.  

I don't know.  It's just a thought I had.  And that I had to get out.  Btw, in that MUD?  I played a rogue, a warrior and a mage.  I had a couple healers but I never really played them.  I preferred murdering things.  (I was an evil person, except for my mage.  She was too much like Mylune!)

Oh yeah, I also own a piano (inherited it from my Grandmother) but I can't do much more then play chopsticks on it.  I can't see to use my left hand to play it!


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