I’m compulsive about reading music. Tonight, I was at a holiday party that had a gift exchange game. Each person drew a number from the bag. Mine happened to be on a slip of paper that had some music printed in the corner. It was some time before I noticed what number I drew, because I was trying to work out what song this music fragment represented. Was it really music, or just some artist’s idea of a pleasing graphic? (Yes, I think it was music; no, I didn’t recognize it.)
One year Mother gave me a license plate frame for my car. It featured a treble staff music line, and the words “Staff Car”. When I played the music, it turned out to be “Oh, we ain’t got a barrel of money”…the first line of Side by Side.
Now, I’ve shared my compulsion. Next time you see music wrapping paper, or note pads, or whatever, I challenge you to check out the tune.