My Cat Hates the Glockenspiel

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My Cat Hates the Glockenspiel

I bought a glockenspiel. Don’t ask me why; I just liked the look of it and thought I needed another percussion instrument to extend my repertoire. It’s a vintage Japanese made glockenspiel xylophone, also called a metallophone, complete with original wooden mallets with all keys marked with corresponding notes and it was only $125.00, which is a bargain. Sometimes I hear a piece of music on the Classical music station and try to work out the melody. I tried Carmen by Bizet the other day, which I can more or less play in the key of C. Keep it simple.

They played Ravel’s Bolero today and I thought I’d give it a burl, but it was slightly more complicated and I doubt whether Torvill and Dean could have skated to my rendition, but I’ll keep on practicing until it sounds better. My cat, Tom Tom, ran from the room again upon hearing it, and to think I named him after a percussion instrument! Everyone’s a critic I guess. Musical instruments are his bête noire and eternal bugaboo. He hates my guitar playing and detests the harmonica. Oh well, it’s not like his singing is especially melodic. In fact, it sounds like whinging and always occurs around meal times.

I should attempt to compose a concerto upon it, probably in the key of C. I was tempted to name it Fanfare to the Common Mole, but several women I know objected strongly. “That’s sexist and misogynistic, Craig!” they claimed. The world is sexist and misogynistic, I thought, but I can be reasonable very occasionally, particularly when I am sober.

Oh well. My cat just hates music, I suppose. When I listen to the Opera Show on Saturday afternoons his ears prick up when a soprano hits a high C. I suppose I shouldn’t worry. He has a cat door to exit through if he doesn’t want to hang around and listen. I don’t know why he specifically reviles my glockenspiel playing, though. It could be the sensitive nature of his hearing, or it could be my lousy playing. We’ll never know for sure, but I will keep working on my concerto. I think I’ll call it The Pussy Sonata and he can meow along to it when I’ve perfected it, but that could take years.


Submitted: January 08, 2021

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Serge Wlodarski

My cat, Mr. Zipper, loves to listen to the ice dispenser, the shredder, and the vacuum cleaner. He comes running whenever I use them. I don't get the same reaction when I play guitar, must be the singing.

Fri, January 8th, 2021 2:52am

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I know the feeling. Cats are so fickle! And non-musical. Their favourite sound is a can of catfood being opened. Thanks for the comment, Serge. All the best for the new year and good luck with the D.C. crisis and the redifining of Democracy as mob rule.

Thu, January 7th, 2021 7:15pm

88 fingers

Wonder what your cat would do if you bought bagpipes?

Fri, January 8th, 2021 8:53pm

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Hmm. Interesting question. I suppose he'd move out and stop wearing tartan.

Fri, January 8th, 2021 8:48pm

Steven P. Pody

When our cat Tiger, age 18, died a coupla months ago, he went to the tune of "Always With Me" from "Spirited Away". Reminded me of how people were sent off in 'Soylent Green'. Our remaining cat, Bonnie Blue, always jumps on me when I whistle. At 17, maybe that range is all she has left to hear. Anyhoo, enjoyed the thoughts, sir.

Sat, January 9th, 2021 12:43am

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Thanks Steven, I appreciate it. I prefer writing about my silly cats to writing broken hearted poems of misery. Felines or females? What a choice.

Fri, January 8th, 2021 5:40pm

Harris Proctor

This piece is fantastic. Thank you. I will cherish it always.

Sat, January 9th, 2021 3:02am

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Thanks Harris. I'm glad you enjoyed it. Every word is true, of course. Well, truish, if that's a word. All the best for the new year, Craig.

Fri, January 8th, 2021 8:46pm

hullabaloo22

Great to read about Tom Tom, Craig. It's a shame they don't make ear defenders for cats, I guess.

Sat, January 9th, 2021 7:17pm

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Tom Tom and my new cat, the little fella, are an endless source of inspiration. They distract me from all the mad women I'm currently in love with, and they are many, but thats another story.
Cheers for now
and keep on writing.
I want to read more cat stories!
Craig.

Sat, January 9th, 2021 11:09pm

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