Last updated: August 15. 2014 1:57AM - 255 Views
By George Wollin



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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.


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