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I forgot to tell you about this nice piece of ass.
Once band was over, I turned in my oboe forever. I mean, I love oboe in music like Sufjan Stevens or Bright Eyes, but I hate playing it. The reeds that might not work. The constantly chapped lips. The weather. When you play oboe, everything is against you. A lot of it is my fault for not really trying (for example, in a fit of apathy, I failed to buy any new reeds this school year, so I was using this one shitty La Voz Medium Soft reed for over a year and should have been using a nice Oboe Works Student X one), but I lost interest as soon as I started playing mallets. And I love mallets.
After a summer as an ex-musician, I began to go crazy and decided I needed an instrument soon. I thought about buying a bell kit, but good ones cost about $100, I think, and bells are fucking loud. I typically play xylophone, too, but those are thousands. So then I thought about buying a keyboard. I mean, they’re portable, you can turn the volume down, you can wear headphones with them, and they’re also rather durable. This thought was pushed to the back of my mind, though. I was set on investing in a $15 bell kit on Amazon that was probably fairly shitty.
Then I was roaming around the Street of Shops with Ali when we saw a keyboard. Lo and behold! It was only $40. The rest is history.
I did not know this when I bought it, but I soon found out that the keys light up when you play! They turn red. FUCKING AWESOME. That’s my best investment ever. Oh, and for reference, it’s the Casio CTK-520L and I like the first ten sounds plus the vibraphone sound best.
Also, just for shits and giggles, I’m learning to play this song, which is just damn catchy. I originally acquired it via Rolling Stone’s generous donation of 40 up-and-coming tracks.
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