Evelyn’s First Piano Recital

Evelyn had her first piano recital over the weekend, and she did great. She has been taking piano for a couple of years now, but we have been pretty low key about the whole thing and this is the first time she has performed.

I was really surprised at how nervous she was! She typically has absolutely NO stage fright, and has performed on stage for audiences many, many times this size (including singing and dancing!) without being nervous at all. So I was really surprised at how nervous she was! She said later that it was hard not to make mistakes due to how hard her hands were shaking (just in case you’re not a piano player, I can let you in on a little secret: it’s really hard to play the piano without the use of your hands).

When she sat down afterwards she just gave me the BIGGEST smile.

I have to tell you that there is almost nothing the kids can do that makes me as happy as to hear them playing piano. Evelyn has long ago eclipsed my own musical ability, and Oliver is pretty close. When I see them playing it’s just like magic. Absolute magic. I often just laugh out loud when they’re practicing because it seems so crazy that their fingers are doing these things. How are their fingers doing these things!

I love it. I want them to never stop taking piano.

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Boogie Shoes

Evelyn had her first tap recital over the weekend, and I have to say, I was pretty impressed! They go before I get home, so I had only seen a practice once when they first started learning the routine (and Jesse wasn’t even there that day!)

Not too shabby for only 6 months of lessons!

(Apologies for stupidly taking a picture in the middle of the video!)

And now, a duet

And now, for your enjoyment, a beautiful piano and accordion duet.

Because nothing says “Spring!” like “Jingle Bells”:

(Special thanks to our videographer, Oliver!)

Because She’s Mommy

In preparation for Sara’s birthday today, the kids and I put together a little video, a la Sara’s Father’s Day video from last year. Though I am very partial to that video, and think that it is basically the best thing ever, the kids were *very* excited to show this one to Sara. They put in a lot effort, from coming up with the words, to recording the audio, to deciding which videos to include, to just keeping it quiet from Sara for so long.

So anyway, enjoy the fruits of their labor, and wish a happy birthday to a very excellent mommy!

It might seem crazy, what I’m ’bout to say,
Mommy she’s here, can’t get a break,
She works so hard, she might get an ache,
But if you’re feeling bad, she’ll kiss your face.

Here’s why:

Because she’s mommy…
Clap along if you think that mommy’s a good cook
Because she’s mommy…
Clap along if you think that mommy reads good books
Because she’s mommy…
Clap along if you think that mommy plans good trips
Because she’s mommy…
Clap along if you think that you like what mommy knits

Love my mom
I always
Love my mom
My love is too high
Love my mom
I always
Love my mom
I hope she never dies
Love my mom
I always
Love my mom
I love her so much
Love my mom
I always
Love my mom

I said, ’cause she’s mommy…
Clap along if you think that mommy’s a good cook
Because she’s mommy…
Clap along if you think that mommy reads good books
Because she’s mommy…
Clap along if you think that mommy plans good trips
Because she’s mommy…
Clap along if you think that you like what mommy knits

Because she’s mommy…
Clap along if you think that mommy’s a good cook
Because she’s mommy…
Clap along if you think that mommy reads good books

Hermey: a short clip

Here’s a short clip of Evie’s performance from Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer. Prepare to die from cuteness:

Why “Handlebars” is the best song

I know this is an old song. So sue me.

Handlebars sounds like vintage Eminem, except instead of racism and spousal abuse, it has SCIENCE!

Aside from being catchy, the thing I like about the song is the story it tells without actually telling the story. In the beginning, achievement is met with childlike wonder. He’s proud of his ability to ride a bike with no handlebars, or take apart a remote control. His ambition is to make a comic book with his friends. Everything is so simple, but he’s happy.

However, as he goes along, the pride kind of changes into something else. Rather than being proud of what he’s accomplished, each new advance leads into a hunger for more; more mountains to climb, more feats to accomplish, more power and privilege, and more people to subjugate. The more he can do, the more his ambition grows.

As the song intensifies, it drives us forward along with him, and we see how it evolves, one tiny step at a time. He consistently describes himself as happy, but the tone towards the end betrays him. Science lets us make a vaccine that can save millions, but human nature allows us withhold that vaccine. Science lets us split a molecule for power, but human nature turns it into a bomb.

Technology is great, but if we use all that power to guide a missile by satellite, then what use is it? Is that really what the boy riding his bike with no handlebars aspired to? Though it was a journey of a thousand steps, is he really happy with where he ended up?

Despite nothing in the song being futuristic, I think this is a science fictional writer’s song. It struggles with the same things science fiction struggles with: technology and how it causes a sensawunda, how it changes people, how it shapes the human race, and how it can be used for both good and evil.

I highly recommend you give it a listen.

Bad Lip Reading

Football players have a bad reputation for not being the sharpest crayons in the box, possibly from taking too many hits to the head. That reputation is clearly unfounded. Let’s let the players themselves respond in (I assume) their own words:

I am literally crying at work I’m laughing so hard.

(Bonus link for more bad lip reading!)

Link via Sylvain