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February 27, 2020

I overheard a conversation between my two nine-year-old granddaughters. 

“What does it mean to sing off key?”  One of them asked.

“Well, it’s like when you’re dancing and your leg bends the wrong way.”

Out of the mouths of babes.  I thought about that for a long time.  In fact, I can’t get it off my mind.  There are so many ways to be off key!

Take politics.  I watched the Democratic Debate and every candidate was shouting a different tune at the same time.  I wanted to cover my ears!  Instead I flipped the TV on MUTE.  It was comical to watch their arms flailing in different directions.  It was crazy!  I turned the channel where a woman was speaking off key.  She used the word wrong wrong.


“Don’t you hate it when people say WRON-GH with an emphasis on the G?” I asked my husband.

“Not really.”  He’s much more laid-back but I persisted.

“What about when people say SON-GH instead of song?”


“So it doesn’t sound strange when some...

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