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“X” = Extraordinarily Excellent Xylophone Player, My Daughter Ali


Ali Holshouser Orcutt, High School

I’ll never forget the high school orchestra concert when I first heard my daughter Ali play the xylophone in concert. We were used to seeing her play the marching bells in the Marching Band, and used to hearing her playing piano at home, while she played timpani and other percussion instruments in the orchestra. But this night was special, as they spotlighted her solo on the xylophone! She played the Flight of the Bumble Bees! If you have never heard this song, give a listen to the recording below. It is so fast, oh my gracious, you could hardly see the mallets moving they were flying so fast as she struck the keys!  As a mother, I’m pretty sure, my mouth fell open, LOL, and I sat up a bit straighter–why are we so often the least prepared to know how talented our children are? Perhaps because to us they are children, our children forever. When they excel, its like…”My child, when, how, what?” I have been extremely blessed in that I have two daughters, Ali and Annie, who play multiple instruments and both sing! Music has always been a large part of our lives and a joy for our family. (I’m sure you noticed, but just in case, this is not a video tape of our daughter playing the xylophone, but somone else from youtube. We do have a vhs recording, but we have yet to get it changed to a more usuable format, so sad! Hope you enjoy the above.)

What brings you and your family joy?  

Author: Helen Holshouser

Old enough to enjoy life, I am a Red Hatter, grandmother, gardener, and amateur genealogist. I am a retired clinical psychologist, master's level, who is disabled with heart disease, but having fun with family and friends. Married over 40 years, I have two grown daughters and three grandchildren. I have learned that grandchildren provide a joy one never knew existed---writing feeds my soul, gardening is therapy, and genealogy research makes me feel like a detective!

7 thoughts on ““X” = Extraordinarily Excellent Xylophone Player, My Daughter Ali

  1. Food, drink and reading are probably the only “shared by all” joys. Within the family, there are pockets of art-loving and rugby-loving too, but I’m pretty much the only overlap with those!
    How wonderful to have two such talented musicians in your family Helen – a great joy indeed!


  2. Thank you Debs, musical ability runs rampant in our family, but somehow seems to have mostly skipped me! I’ve tried, but its night and day! LOL Makes me appreciate their taents all the more!


  3. It’s true isn’t it? When my son started gymnastics his coach said, “He’s good.” I said, “I know he’s good.” He said, “No, you don’t get it. He has natural born talent. He’s REALLY good. Like, I’ve only seen a handful of other boys as good as he is.” Blew me away. I’d love to hear your daughter play the Xylophone. My dad played the piano, and he wanted us to play but I never liked doing it. To this day, hearing the piano gives me joy though. And he still plays every Christmas! I love it!

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  4. How cool that she plays the Xylophone – I don’t think I know anyone that does! We love to travel – doesn’t have to be far, can be a trip to a museum or zoo (my z post) or even just a walk. There’s always something to learn or talk about! http://50andfabulousblog.blogspot.com


  5. Yes Lauren, you are right on. We are proud of them, but don’t want to be overly presumptious, so, then we downplay and we’re off the mark! Parenting can be hard! LOL how exciting that your son is so talented in gymnastics! I hope he has the chance to go far!


  6. Thanks Judi, it has been so cool! I have always loved the zoo, we have a wonderful one here in NC. I love daytrips also! Adventures! Love you for sharing!


  7. Now that’s not a talent you see every day! I wish I was musical. Unfortunately I can’t carry a tune in a bucket 🙂


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