Springtime is really lovely on the campus of UNC-Chapel Hill. The beauty of it all helps to lessen the academic pressure.
It was May of my freshman year. I was taking a music appreciation class as an elective. I had taken piano lessons and had played clarinet in the high school board. I could read notes and was enjoying the class.
I spied an ad in the “Daily Tar Heel.” Someone was needed to play “Hark the Sound” in the bell tower the next school year. That sounded like me. I called about it, and met the senior music major the next day at the bell tower.
We went up some winding steps to a small room at the top. I was looking at something I had never seen before. A bunch of wooden handles were sticking out towards me. I swallowed hard. I almost fainted when I saw that the music sheet contained four flats. The sharps and flats were played on a different row from the regular notes.
He asked me to play it. I would have rather watched him do it. If I had had a parachute … well, too late. I gave it a shot.
Let’s just say that new music was created that day. And, I found all my afternoons free the next school year.
Spring is lovelier with music, sometimes.
George Wollin is a former resident of Elkin.