The Sound of Music

I woke up this morning to the musical stylings of the primary street across the school holding some sort of misguided celebration that involved allowing the children to sing. Rather than a Glee-esque revitalization of contemporary classics out to win over an audience of millions, this seemed more like a collection of traditional Chinese songs sung in such a way as to maximize their appeal to the stray cats in the neighborhood and say to them, “Hey, when you’re dying in a trash can or fighting another cat who peed in your cardboard box house, you still sound better than this.” Another glance out the windows confirms choreographed swaying and matching outfits, but the 8-year-old girl singing either takes this less seriously than that, or there are certain things in life at which Chinese schoolchildren, with their 12 hours of studying a day, just can’t be expected to excel.


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