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What I Learned from My Father

My first formal music training began in the fifth grade when I started playing the tenor saxophone. Even in those early years, I had a tenacious personality and, even though I had to carry that big instrument home with me every day to practice, it wasn't as bad as it could have been. I went to band class the first day excited to play an instrument. Mr. Salveson, the band teacher, considering my physical size and not my musical talent, decided I should play the sousaphone. After school, I went home and told my mother about the instrument I would be playing. She was shocked. "Do you want to play the tuba?" she asked. "Not really," I answered. So, the next day we went to school to see if we could find a better choice.

My hand-eye coordination challenge kept me from becoming a great saxophonist, but it did not keep me from trying. I continued to play the saxophone through high school and college and played the bassoon. In the process of exploring my options, I played sports, did theater and band and chorus. I love learning and took as many classes as I could fit into my schedule. The high school principal told my mother, "Glen will probably be in high school for six years because he wants to take everything."

I did graduate in four years, but my pattern was set, and I continued to try to do everything, I had this idea that if I always agreed to do something more I would make a lot of people happy. Instead, I learned I made a lot of people unhappy because I didn't do anything well. My wise father said to me, "Glen, you can do anything, but you can't do everything." Over time I accepted that "No" is a complete sentence and it is important to find that one thing most important to you and focus on that.

Today, my one thing is Atticus & Charlie. I am passionate about making the best gifts available to people who love music as I do. Keep your eye on  www.AtticusAndCharlie.com

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