What do you all think of Andre Rieu?
I can almost hear many of you saying : Oh, the guy is brilliant!
He definitely deserves all that praise.
To my taste, he is a little bit too much of a showman and too joky about music ( or can it be that I am too serious about music?)
Anyway, I was never fascinated by his programs, even though they are beautiful.
However, earlier tonight we had PBS on, and my son saw Andre Rieu's Vienna Concert ...
He just could not take his eyes off the screen.
He watched everything with the same passion and enthusiasm: Andre playing the violin, the orchestra playing, the singers singing Strauss, Mozart and Lehar. To my great joy, my little one already heard almost all those pieces while riding in the car - so he was a prepared listener.
We did some dancing around the living room: some waltzing and some chardash.
It was equally enjoyable for both of us.
Then it was his feeding time (yes, readers, those feedings, naps and diaper changes get in Troy's way to enjoying music), so I took him to the kitchen. He could still hear it all, but could not see the screen. Then a nice young soprano started singing Dove sono from Le Nozze di Figaro. I could tell Troy loved it, because he was paying so much attention and - lifting his index finger, he was saying " Mama, mama".
Ah, if you are reading this and you are not a parent, you probably think"This woman is nuts - what is she writing about? The baby lifted his finger and said Mama. Big deal!"
However, if you are a parent - you know. Those little things are a big deal.
I should probably take him to Andre Rieu's concert when he is a little older. The guy is a frequent guest here, in Baltimore.