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Wednesday, May 04, 2005

Eine Kleine Nachtmusik

In case you were wondering, my oldest daughter and I are not the only ones in the family with musical talent. My youngest, the "psychotoddler" seems to have much potential as well.

Last night, she serenaded us with a selection of her current works during dinner, while accompanying herself on piano. We were in the kitchen, but she made sure to both play and sing as loudly as possible so we could hear her from the living room.

I'd have to call her work somewhat uneven. While some pieces, like "Spaghetti for Lunch" evoked a certain whimsical lightness, others, like "Banana in the Toilet" (in E minor, I believe), were more inscrutable.

1 comment:

PsychoToddler said...

Do let us know when her next "recital" will be. We'll be sure to bring along videocameras, tape recorders...and maybe earplugs.

I'm a pianist myself and have been subjected to "concerts" by my children and nieces/nephews when they were toddlers. Although noisy, there is a certain "beauty" to their music, wouldn't you agree?
Pearl | Homepage | 05.04.05 - 2:46 pm | #

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If you're a Klingon.
psychotoddler | Homepage | 05.04.05 - 2:53 pm | #

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Don't ever belittle your future musical prodigy...even behind her back.

Imagine if Mozart's mom would have yelled to him when he was four: "I SAID, 'Shut the &$(#^$&&#% up! You're louder than the dogs in heat!' "

Or Beethoven's father might have said, "Ludvig! Dees iz vat you call a seemphoneeeee? It sounds like a shveinhunde in heat!' "

But then again, without parental guidance, "Flight of the Bumblebee" might not have existed, either. The musical prodigy of that -- Rimsky, or was it Korsakov -- just wanted to get through practice, so he could go outside and play stickball with his friends. And that piece of music was the best he could do under tight restraints!
Pearl | Homepage | 05.04.05 - 3:21 pm | #

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Not to mention the great Klingon Opera, "Aktuh and Maylota."
psychotoddler | Homepage | 05.04.05 - 4:45 pm | #

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I would love to play an instrument, but I have as little time as talent.

My psychiatrist says I have pianist envy.

pa DUM pum!
Doctor Bean | Homepage | 05.04.05 - 5:42 pm | #

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Hey, Im sure you didn't sound so good when you started... I know I didn't. As I think about it,much of my early practice was in my aunt and uncles basement while i lived with them, I should thank them and their tenants for their indulgence.....
Shmiel | 05.04.05 - 8:48 pm | #

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We were in Costco today and my 3-yr old daughter serenaded the entire store with a loud rendition of the "Mazel tov" song from Fiddler on the Roof.

Then she looked to the sky and asked G-d not to turn our water into blood. Poor Olivia was traumatized a month ago in Sunday School when she learned that plague. The other 9 didn't matter to her.
Stacey | Homepage | 05.04.05 - 10:08 pm | #

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ah the nachas we get from our children. My 9 year old loves to sing and we try to not be negative in our house. But there comes a point that truth must out, however painful, b/c it's not as painful as his singing!!!
Kiki | Homepage | 05.04.05 - 10:25 pm | #

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Last night I woke up thinking about "Banana in the Toilet" and I couldn't stop laughing for about ten minutes.
psychotoddler | Homepage | 05.04.05 - 11:31 pm | #

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Does "Banana in the Toilet" have more lyrics?
Doctor Bean | Homepage | 05.05.05 - 2:11 am | #

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Well, the piano was pretty loud, so it was hard to make them out, but it was along the lines of:

Oh there's a banana in the toilet
That's vewy badddddddd
You have to
(bang bang bang on piano)
Only put (censored) in the toilettttt
(unintelligible)
etc etc etc
psychotoddler | Homepage | 05.05.05 - 12:29 pm | #

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Vewy funny.
Doctor Bean | Homepage | 05.05.05 - 6:55 pm | #

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Was it A Mashed Banana, or will that be the title of the next karaoke concerto?
Pearl | Homepage | 05.05.05 - 9:22 pm | #

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Nothing like a little night music called "Banana in the Toilet" haha.
Wickwire | Homepage | 05.06.05 - 12:27 pm | #

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That's so $#%^ing funny I am crying. PRICELESS!
Adam | Homepage | 05.12.05 - 5:50 pm | #