Sunday, January 29, 2012

Out with the Old - In with the New

Yep. Out with the old Holiday Season and in with the New Festival Season. Bobo has really been exploring her musical chops this year. Unfortunatly, I didn't film her performance in the Honor Band, but the next week -- when I found out she was also in the Honor Orchestra -- I couldn't resist capturing that on film.

Joseph invited me to his performance with the Saxophone Ensemble at the Mozart Festival. I asked him if the tune they were playing was any good. He told me it was pretty easy, but that they'd had to double up parts since since they had too many players so there were two people on first alto. What he failed to tell me is that he was one of them. That's him on the far left playing a borrowed Selmer Mach something or other. All I know is it sure sounds good!

Worst Cools

Both Naji and Joseph got the opportunity to hoop dance this month. Naji danced for his 4th grade talent show. Although he loves dancing, the attention it got him was a little much for him. After a couple of days of being told how cool his dance was, he came home and asked me why people thought being Native American was cool. (He doesn't like to be in the spotlight.)

Anyway on to the punchline. Naji said, "Native American is the worst kind of cool." To which Ben responded "No it's not."

I was baffled by this argument. Number 1: I want my kids to be accepted for who they are and not what they are. Number 2: I want them to be comfortable with their heritage. And Number 3: What's a worse kind of cool?

"Webbed Toes," Ben informed me.

Yep. Cool. But. Not.