‘Thank you’ I said as I unwrapped my birthday pressie. ’It’s just what I’ve always wanted!’
I hadn’t a clue what it was. It looked a bit like a recorder, those tooty-toot things you played at school.
‘Go on, give us a tune!’ said Garry.
I gingerly placed it between my lips and began to…
‘Stop!’ he laughed. ‘You don’t put it in your mouth idiot, you stick it up your doo-dah!’
I repositioned it.
‘NO, not there you plonker, poke it up your nose!’
(Incase you are wondering, I’d tried pushing into my ear)
I glanced at the calendar. April Fool’s Day was the day I started the A-Z Challenge, not today. Was this a joke?
Right, nose flute up one…’
‘Woah there buddy’ I interupted. ‘Nose flute? Are you being serious?’
‘Yes, now do as I say. Flute up one nose-hole and use your finger to block the other one’.
I decided to humour him and did as he said.
‘Close your mouth tight and … ready, steady, BLOW!’
Well, if I’d known what was going to happen I’d have blown my nose into a tissue first. It wasn’t a pleasant sight, I can tell you!
I sorted things out and had another shot.
Believe it or not, I eventually got the hang of it. In fact, I quite like it now.
Next week I’m due to perform the second movement of Mozart’s Nose-flute Concerto No. 2 in D Major at the Pig and Whistle pub’s open-mike night!
You’re more than welcome to come along!
In case you are wondering, the nose flute really does exist! According to Wiky, the nose flute is a popular musical instrument played in Polynesia and the Pacific Rim countries. Other versions are found in Africa.
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