214 - Zacks
One of my students is playing an arrangement of Cantina Band (from Star Wars). He commented that the composer (John Williams) and arranger (John Brimhall) had similar *last* names.
Me: Well...I guess. Their first names are the same too though. So is mine [I point to where all three of our names are listed on the cover page].
Student: Whoa, you're all named John.
Me: Yeah, it is a really common name though.
Student: Are...are John's going to take over the world? And eliminate all the Mikes, and then all the Steves?
Student: What about all the Henrys and Zacks?
Me: Well, I know some pretty cool Zacks, so definitely not them.
Student: How do you know they [Zacks] are not all laying in bed awake at night wondering...?
I have been teaching music across the Twin Cities since 2011. Along with seeing students grow as musicians and people, one of the joys of teaching is the ridiculous things my students say.