You know that kid in class who inevitably doesn’t understand the assignment, and then after you look at it again, you realize maybe he understood it after all, is really a genius and just found it too limiting?
Ladies and gentlemen I present to you John Batzer of The Adventures of Daddy Runs a Lot.
John took the 8 line challenge to honor my pubic bone.
He was to write 8 lines/sentences prompted by a title that I picked for him after poking around his website.
TITLE: Musical Mundane
I started playing the piano in kindergarten, because I demanded it of my parents, because my dad would play and I wanted to be more like him (honestly, it may mark the final occasion that I wanted to be more like him) and my mother actually found a piano teacher willing to take on a kindergarten kid
I quit piano lessons in the 8th grade, when I was taking lessons from a fancy-schmancy Russian piano teacher because I managed to be so busy that I couldn’t fit lessons into her schedule on a regular basis. Upon quitting piano lessons, I actually started playing piano a whole lot more
I actually & truly admire Barry Manilow
I’ve written a song with the aid of one of my dogs . . . I was just having a hard time with how to start it, and he would stop acting up whenever I would play a certain passage, in a certain key, so that’s how I started the song
I name all of my musical instruments, except my keyboards. I have no idea why I exclude those, but my very first string teacher (when I started playing ‘cello in the 4th grade) told me that I always needed to name my instruments, so I did.
I get as mad when people write ‘cello without the apostrophe at the beginning as I do when people misused the word enormity (the latter means something immensely evil, not something immense). ’cello is short to violoncello, the full name of the instrument.
I really want a harpsichord, and a sitar. Alas, I barely have enough money to get myself Starbucks once in awhile, and those are freaking expensive instruments
My father has a Steinway upright piano that plays beautifully — when he was young, his mother found it, in parts, in a junkyard and had someone put it back together . . . and when I say it plays beautifully, it really does . . . except if you’re doing a lot of playing in the upper register, where things just seem wonky, This is because I, apparently, at a relatively young age, somehow managed to spill a bloody mary into the instrument while one of my dad’s friends was tuning it. I still can’t put together the string of events as to how a toddler could have knocked a bloody mary into an upright piano, but I like to think that I was trying to drink said drink and decided it needed more Tabasco.
At first I was confused as to why he didn’t stick to the eight line structure. After another look, I saw that he gave me eight quatrains.
I also asked him to tell me three things that he would like people to know about him that they can’t find on his About Page. I wanted to introduce him to you with some personal trivia. He never gave me that information… unless of course he worked it into his 8 lines…
Follow him on Twitter – @DaddyRunsALot
Look for more installments of the 8 line challenge on the 8th, 16th, and 24th of the coming months. You can also read my 8 line series that started it all here.