(re)capturing the fun & wonder

Category: Music (page 2 of 3)

Piano boy

This one is for the grandparents, aunts, and uncles who live much too far away. After two months of lessons, my boy has taken to improvisation. I think he’s incredible (even without the piano). This is required viewing for folks with the sur-names of Chesnais or Christensen. :-)

A hard day’s night

Mop Top

With the Olders both getting into their music so much recently, Tomas has begun introducing them to the Fab Four as part of their fundamentals of musicology education. This weekend he taught them to play "In my life," by the Beatles on guitar and piano. Both children have added their own twist to the classic, and have arranged their performances to their liking. When Tomas isn’t around, it’s my job to find lyrics, and to sing along so they can catch the tune (this is not to say that I can actually carry a tune, but I do my best). My Mamma’s heart just about bursts (sometimes with laughter) when I listen to them sing and play.

Last night was a family movie night. After an upside-down dinner of saussage and scrambled eggs, we all piled into bed with pillows, and comfy duvets to settle in and watch a flick on the computer monitor (’cause there ain’t no TV no more). Keeping to the Beatles theme, we watched A Hard Day’s Night and the kids LOVED it. I never expected them to react so strongly to it, but by the end of the viewing they were sleepy, but oh so happy, and both commented on how much they liked the movie with BIG smiles on their happy faces. What a perfect way to end the weekend and head off to bed.

Little Froggy


Our young friend AC is visiting for the day. She and Maggie have been friends since they were two years old (Bjørn’s entire life!). They’ve been busy all day, playing make believe, making more magnetic paper dolls, and inventing new songs as they play. I had to share their latest:

I’m a Little Froggy,
Short and stout.
I eat my bugs,
And then I poop ’em out.
Excuse me!
I just burped!

I even recorded it using Apple’s Garageband and managed to miss the very beginning, but you can click the link to have a listen:

Download froggy.m4a

That’s Maggie you’ll hear on guitar :-)

Kids growing up…

We spent Thanksgving with extended family and re-discovered my sister-in-law’s family. At the end of the evening we listened to some recorded-at-home tracks; written and performed by her niece. Today I had to post a link to share the work that this young woman is doing.

I first met Ana when she was a little girl. She was lovely then, and now she is lovely and incredibly talented. I’ll be first in line to buy her CD!

>> Check out Ana Caravelle’s MySpace page to hear her sing.