75. Oh, Say Can You Glee. . .

Today is the birthday of my great-nephew Courtney Brandon Milner.

His parents, Chris and Mark tell about how Corey was always coming up with schemes to make money.  They had 4 apple trees in the back yard, so picking up branches and apples was a frequent source of revenue. One day Mark promised a nickel an apple to help prepare the yard for mowing.  He figured that would certainly keep Corey ‘busy’ for quite a while.  About an hour later Corey had organized $30 worth of apples in $1 piles on the deck!  Now we know why they call him “Corey”.  And whenever they couldn’t find him it was just a matter of looking up and seeing which tree he was high above us in.

On an earlier blob, I mentioned that whenever one of my great-nephews or great-nieces has a birthday this year, I was going to tell them about any of their second cousins who were born the same year they were.  Turns out Corey is one-of-a-kind.  The only one of the group born in 1977.

He’s one-of-a-kind in other ways too.I was sure he would be a musician when he grew up. He was always playing, singing, or dancing to music.  It turned out to be physics he went into, though and now he teaches at a high school in Colorado Springs.  His wife Rebecca teaches there too.

His mother – my niece Chris – told me he hasn’t been making music lately but that has to change!  I’m going to have to insist on it. You hear that, young man?  Music will soothe the savage beast.  Music is good for the soul.  Music eases stress.  It’s said to be the only sensual pleasure that isn’t considered a vice.  And like the best things in life, it manages to be free.

As a physicist, Corey should appreciate what the most famous physicist of all time said about music.  Albert Einstein said: “If I were not a physicist, I would probably be a musician. I often think in music. I live my daydreams in music. I see my life in terms of music. … I get most joy in life out of music.”

Corey started piano lessons when he was 5 and taught himself guitar when he was attending Colorado College.  And while there, he joined an  a cappella group called Room 46.  This group may not have invented Glee but they certainly have honed it to near perfection.  It was due to this influence that Corey was doing Glee before Glee was cool.

To celebrate his birthday, let’s tune in to some Room 46 music.  All the music on this photo montage features Corey and his group (except for one chorus of Dr. Demento).

Chris sent me more notes about Corey and I’ll include them below.

“One of our favorite family stories was quoted at their wedding reception, it might be in Heather’s toast.  When Corey was about 6 or 7 we talked about where he would live when he grew up and Corey told us, “I will always live here with you!”. We told him, of course we were flattered, but knew that he would grow up and get married and find a home for them to live in.  He explained, “… well, we’ll just live here all together.”  We’re still waiting for the 2 of them to move in!

As the teen years unfolded Corey was always out doing some sports in the yard, which meant you better keep your wits about you and be ready to duck!  Like the time he was showing off his soccer prowess, and blasted a soccer ball through our garage window.  Or playing catch, it was like trying to hang in there with Sandy Koufax .  Imagine Mark’s surprise when he misjudged one of Corey’s throws and the ball knocked out his recently acquired false tooth and bridge!! (results of a totally different unmentionable accident)

One final thought.  It was an interesting experience as Corey got older and got more involved in various school and sports activities.  Walking around with him in Ankeny over the years, Mark went from being referred to as Mr. Milner, or ‘that tall social studies teacher-dude’, to Corey’s dad, no one knew Mark’s name but they all knew who Corey was.”

Hope you have a happy birthday, Corey, and keep singing somewhere besides in the shower!

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7 Responses to 75. Oh, Say Can You Glee. . .

  1. Joan Fitzpatrick says:

    How do I get to hear Corey sing ?

  2. Joan Fitzpatrick says:

    Corey still doesn’t sing yet. I click on the pictures and I just get a picture.

    I keep regular hours. It is YOU who never sleeps. You must get your days mixed up worse than I do.

  3. Joan Fitzpatrick says:

    I apologize !! I finally received it. I can see why you didn’t go to bed. That must have taken a day to do.

    I loved it. You will inspire others to do what you are doing.

  4. Chris Milner says:

    Love, love, love the montage! Always love to hear Corey sing, and on his birthday seems the perfect occasion to reminisce with a little ‘Corey through the years’. BTW, he is officially Corey these days, he made the legal change in 2000! He says it was to avoid confusion getting his passport but we think it was the years of telling us Courtney was a girls’ name.

  5. Rene' Melchior says:

    What a pleasure it has been watching Corey grow up. Chris and Mark did a wonderful job raising Corey and Heather. They (Heather and Corey) are as close to perfection as it gets when it comes to raising kids!

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