pandora on the counter top. i would have to say, one of the biggest obstacles of motherhood, for me, is the lack of *new music exposure. there aren't many nights out to hear live music. more like none. also unlikely? cruising around in a friends car listening to a different music collection. i'm hopeful some of these events might resurface when the kids get older. until then, when i'm feeling tired of my own ipod line up, i turn on pandora, set the station to an artist i like and drop a notepad next to the docking station. when i hear something i like, i get up and record it. yesterday i stopped crafting on three different occasions only to find the same artist playing: zero 7. i especially enjoyed sewing to "in the waiting line" (click here for a live version).
*by "new" music, i of course mean, "new to me", as zero 7 has been around for a while and you've probably all heard of them. their debut album was released in 2001, while i was pregnant with kai (our oldest). my point exactly!!
a box of guitar strings on a rock, some shrubbery::
and the broken string::
does that set the stage? it should now be obvious that, on this day in particular, the thing i learned was a bit more exciting than the usual gems, like last nights: "never bank on a diaper containing only urine simply due to lack of offensive odor" or even last months unexpected: "don't ever assume a fence is not electric just because it is small, appears to be made of plastic and is in the center of a field far from any noticeable power source."
removing and replacing strings! i've been playing the guitar off and on since i was 17, but in all of those mumblemumble-teen years, i have never changed my own strings. that job has always fallen, just about solely, into the hands of my little bro. but this time, i was determined to go it on my own::
not so scary after all. with a little long distance moral support from my older brother, and some youtube perusing, i got it accomplished. yes, there may have been a few frantic texts to my little brother before all was said and done but still, success in the end. very satisfying indeed! now, back to attempting barre chords....
thanks to amy's recent post, which featured a link to this amazing song, i finally took my guitar down from the wall, dusted it off, tuned it up and started playing again. kai got into the spirit as well and so we've officially started guitar lessons. he has 'E' and 'G' down! after witnessing kai's new skills, owen wanted in::
and shortly thereafter, bella grabbed the littlest guitar and started strumming. this next part was quite heart warming for me, seeing as these two are usually found tangled in a wrestling match or chasing each other around the house wielding any toy that can be used as a throwing star::
yes, there is owen, patiently explaining frets and helping with finger placement! there is hope!!
every year around thanksgiving i pull this book back out and try to learn this song before christmas hits::
this year is no different. i've gotten comfortable with the first page.....but thats usually as far as i get, so we'll see. and look at the cheating. 8 years of classical piano lessons as a kid and i never got the hang of reading music. i write it out and play it until its memorized. not a lot of fun for people forced to listen. this is probably my all time favorite holiday song. i love that it popped up in one of my all time favorite movies:: the royal tenenbaums. i'm in love with wes anderson! and excellent news; he's got another film, moon rise kingdom, starting production in 2011. life is good!