(The Lesson starts here)

Haven’t we all pulled a Samantha before?

In fact, I think I remember lying about this to avoid lessons I wasn’t particularly prepared for.

…in college.

I studied classical saxophone with Dale Underwood, who is a badass. But it wasn’t jazz and my heart wasn’t in it AT ALL. I had a hard time showing up for my lessons prepared. Actually, I had a hard time showing up for my lessons. Period.

I probably tried every excuse in the book to avoid lessons and I’m sure he saw through all of them. I just wanted to play jazz and couldn’t wrap my head around the idea of the saxophone as a classical instrument. It didn’t sound right to me.

I don’t know that my opinion has changed much in the past ten years but at least no one is in the position of having to force feed the stuff to me.