Yesterday, during a lovely lunch at Borders, along with a couple of pop-up books for Troy, I picked up this triple CD set . Complete Handel’s Organ Concertos, guys! If you never had a chance to hear any of these, you haven’t heard Handel yet.
The amazing thing, however, happened when I got back home. Troy took a very brief look at the new pop-ups and almost immediately lost interest in them. Instead, he pulled the “old” Handel book off the coffee table down onto the floor and turning the pages, insisted that I talk him through every page, while he was pointing to the pictures.
In one of the pictures the young Handel is playing the organ in the dark of a chapel, while, completely unobserved by anyone, his father and the Great Duke ( Johan Adolf I) are admiring the music. Given that he was very interested in that particular picture, I told him that tomorrow we would hear what music Handel was playing in the chapel that evening. Who knows whose music Handel was really playing in the dusk of the duke's chapel? Was it one of Purcell's liturgical compositions, already popular at the time, or his own improvisations that later shaped up into his incredible concertos?!
This morning, while driving, we played CD 1.
Troy listened with so much attention and joy. Not one single minute was he bored or tired. There was so much happiness in his eyes.
I am so very proud of my boy.
Andre Rieu’s Vienna DVD also arrived this weekend. He loved watching it. Because it was 101 F yesterday, we stayed at home most of the time. So, he would just run around, then stop, watch, clap, dance and then keep running. I thought it was a perfect way for him to enjoy it without getting tired or overwhelmed.
One funny thing though.
A week ago, when asked to show how Andre Rieu was playing the violin, Troy would lift his arms and wave them in the air. Now he just points to the remote control. Makes sense, no?
This weekend I realized what I actually need Tweeter for.
As you all know, I very rarely blog on Saturdays or Sundays. And even if I do, it’s never more than a couple of sentences. My son and the house keep me so busy, that I barely have time to check my e-mail. Plus, when I blog, I edit endlessly, and this, as some of you may know, is a very interesting, but also a very time consuming process.
Moreover, you can’t just blog one sentence. A blog suggests a different format, I guess. It requires more than a thought and definitely some writing style.
However, one sentence works just fine with Twitter. Short, sweet and to the point – that’s what it is all about. And because you can tweet from anywhere, it actually gives you a cool opportunity to reach out to your friends and share the thought of the moment.
But don’t you all worry. As much as I would like to encourage each and every one of my readers to follow me on Twitter, there is no competition involved. I would never trade my blog and the blast I have writing it for anything else!