The reality of Panels 1 & 3 is debatable, but that Panel 2 is church.

I learned this hard truth during the Horizon Middle School Jazz Band fall concert of 1996. I honked my way through the tenor solo on “Just a Gigolo” (my first transcription, btw) to riotous applause, only to be completely overshadowed by the fast-ish drum hitting that followed.

My fragile ego flared with jealousy.

At least I’ve grown into a more confident and stable adult… er… …