My Compassion International Daughter
Love as a Way of Life Part 1

Tubby the Tuba, Van Halen and Me

by Peter on September 16, 2008

I was the guy in HS composing all the weird stuff on Music Theory. I didn’t even have good relative pitch. Just the “hope for the best” and “hope this even resembles what I am thinking in my head” compositions. I’d try to get instruments that normally were used as a supporting role to a more predominant role. To be honest some of it just sounded like junk. As a result, there were a number of people who just didn’t enjoy my “conceptual compositions” as I did. But what to do. You just have to press on, try, and see what i out there. Remember, “dreams” from Van Halen:

Yeah, we’ll get higher and higher
Straight up we’ll climb
Higher and higher
Leave it all behind
Oh, we’ll get higher and higher
Who knows what we’ll find?

Far too often we don’t trust ourselves. Maybe we will be wrong in what we hope to find but so what. Let me put it this way: if we chose not to follow our dreams and were shown the success that could have been if we would have just tried, we would rue the day that we listened to those who questioned you and when you questioned yourself.

Funny how children will ask adults if they can ask them a question. Well, I asked that question to my day. His reply,

“Son, you can ask me for anything that you want but I will tell you this, you may or may not get it if you do ask but be sure of this, YOU WON’T GET IT IF YOU DON’T ASK FOR IT”


Einstein failed

Edison Failed

Abraham Lincoln Failed

Michael Jordan, in his FAILURE” commercial makes this closing statement:

” . . . I have failed over and over and over again in my life and that is why I succeed.”

Tubby has a universal pull at everyone’s heart because no matter where you live in this world or who you are…people want to know that they are heard and that someone cares for them. Here are some observations that I gathered from the Tubby the Tuba:

  • He was part of the group
  • He played an important supporting role
  • He was not satisfied were he was because he knew he could do something “beautiful” if just given the chance. Tubby then took that chance at the right time even though he could be rejected.
  • He was satisfied by just being heard once.
  • He had a friend (the frog) that listened to Tubby and encouraged him to show his talents.

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