I got to sit in on Jaz’s piano lesson this evening. The three older kids all take music lessons in the same music school. This was the first time I was able to attend one of his classes, and meet his piano teacher.
She was so patient and kind with him. He was initially interested in the drum set in the room, and she went with it, explaining to him percussion and its role in music. Once they were He was so focused and eager to show her what he practiced. Continue reading →
Our village celebrated “May Fest” today with a tent full of music, food, neighbors, and beer.
It was so much fun! We are so lucky to have such great neighbors, both American and German. My favorite moment was when we temporarily lost track of Jaz who was playing in the kids’ area. Just as we started to branch out and search for him, Lola yelled, “THERE HE IS!” and pointed to the village’s vintage fire truck, which was pulling away filled with children, to include Jaz who was sitting in the middle, perched on the lap of a beautiful young lady.
He and the young lady made eye contact with us, and waved as they drove away to drive around the neighborhood.
Pulled out my old piano lesson books, and have been working my way through them. This was the last piece I was working on with my first piano teacher, Mr. Paul L, who was a true maestro. The date is August 13, 1993. He passed away a few weeks later at the age of 83. I continued on my lessons with others, but all the markings and comments in most of my books are his. All these years, and I can still get feedback from him.
My girl began violin lessons about ten weeks ago. The other day, her music teacher pulled Martin aside to tell him that Lola is displaying a level of commitment and passion he doesn’t usually see at this age. He said when he shows her something new, she comes back the following week ready to play it back to him, and it is clear she is practicing. He thinks she would do well if she wants to bump up her music training.
Last night, she and I attended the symphony for some Beethoven for a Girls Night that I planned weeks ago.
It became an opportunity to see if this is really her jam.
The night before, I surprised her with a gift box containing a new outfit and tickets to the concert. She was so excited. Ever since Google did a Doodle celebrating Beethoven’s birthday in December, she’s wanted to attend a Beethoven concert.
So, the next day, we got dressed up, went downtown for dinner, and then made our way to the concert hall where we enjoyed Beethoven’s 4th Symphony followed by Stravinsky’s Pulcinella.
Lola was impressed and captivated. If she wasn’t clutching my arm to whisper and point things out to me, she was sitting at the edge of her seat, tapping her foot to keep time along with the music.
During intermission and after the performance, we were approached by more than a few other attendees who were so tickled by her enthusiasm and joy.
“I could see her from my seat,” remarked one man in German. “It was very entertaining to watch her. She clearly really enjoyed the music.”
This beautiful girl performed in her first recital in Germany yesterday.
It was serendipity that we moved to a village with a wonderful music school very close to our home. Her instructor speaks a little English, but mostly to us parents. Her classes are in German. Continue reading →
I woke up this morning hearing chatter about Pepco power outages in Maryland, INOVA health care, and DC’s best mix of today’s best hits.
Confused and disoriented, I stumbled out into the hallway of my German home to find Martin painting the hallway while listening to his favorite DC radio station through his phone.
“I am getting sick of listening to Bette Davis Eyes,” he said. “It’s time to move beyond the ’80s.”
The stations all play from the same list of 10 songs over here. (A little bit of hyperbole, but you get it.) More than half seem to be from the 80s, yes. The others are that “Take Me to Church” song by Hozier, that Ariana Grande song about grinding, and the title song from “Grease.”
Streaming online radio from anywhere in the world is AWESOME!