"But Luke," those who know me might say, "you don't play. You can't even carry a tune!" To which I reply: "What matter if I don't know one note from another? Nothing is impossible!"
someone else must play the piano for those two ceremonies. I overheard the curriculum coordinator discussing this issue with some of the senior teachers, and at the time I thought: "not my problem." However, through circumstances that I will hereafter describe, it turned out to be my problem after all. I was destined to becom my junior high school's interim pianist!
Admittedly, there is only one piece that needs to be played at the post-leaving and inauguration ceremonies for departing and incoming teachers. They call it shuu rei--the ceremonial bow with which all school ceremonies open and close. It consists of two chords, one of them played twice. (I'm just bluffing here. I don't really understand what a "chord" is, at least not in the lofty way that a music teacher would). Anyway, immediately following the closing ceremony for the third trimester and approximately one hour before the post-leaving ceremony for outgoing teachers, a group of the senior teachers summoned me to the piano around which they were clustered. The curriculum coordinator said to me, "Luke-sensei, try pushing all these keys with the read stickers on them, then push the ones with the blue stickers, and then push the ones with the red stickers again." Like a fool, I gave it my best shot. "Resolved!" said the curriculum coordinator. "Luke-sensei will be our pianist for the post-leaving ceremony."