A few weeks back, on a rare completely free Saturday, Will texted me a video link. I had forgotten that he has his own YouTube channel - created a few years ago so he could show off his Beyblade battles and Rubik's Cube skills - so I was surprised when the link took me to his channel and a video of him playing the ukulele and singing.
As a little kid, singing was not something at which Will excelled. He sounded like he was singing with his nose was plugged and he couldn't carry a tune in a bucket, which was interesting, given that he has always had an excellent ear and almost perfect pitch. He could hear and correct a flat or sharp note on the piano or the cello, but not in his own voice. It drove the rest of us crazy.
Somewhere along the way, Will's singing improved. I didn't know it until last summer though, when during our drive to Wisconsin, Hallie chose the soundtrack to Matilda for her music rotation and he shocked us by ROCKING every single word, every single accent, and every single note. I nearly cried, I was so proud at how far he'd come. Perhaps it was puberty, perhaps he learned how to connect his ear and his voice, or perhaps...it was listening to Hallie (accurately) sing along to musical after musical during the pandemic.
The video is titled "I must right a wrong." and is of him playing the ukulele and singing Any Dream Will Do from Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. He did a lovely job, and after watching I, for the umpteenth time in the last nine months, begged him to try out for the school musical. (He, for the umpteenth time in the last nine months, responded with some version of "over my dead body".)
I then asked about the title - what wrong was he righting? And he directed me to this video*:
OH, bless his confident little heart. He's come a long way, and he definitely succeeded at righting what he saw as a wrong.
The older video immediately reminded both Hallie and me of Will's initial performances of Hot Cross Buns on the recorder, the videos of which NEVER fail to make us laugh hysterically. So, for your viewing pleasure - and to make you laugh if you need that today - here is third grade Will attempting Hot Cross Buns.*
* Will gave me permission to share all of these videos.