Sunday, November 27, 2011
Music made Thanksgiving special this year
I always ask guests what makes Thanksgiving Thanksgiving to them. I mean food and usually get answers like turkey, pumpkin pie, mamma's stuffing.
Sometimes people say, "Family." Well, of course, they are always right.
We had family at our house this year. We had Sue's mom and a sister, Debbie, who brought two of her kids. And we had a fun time Skyping in a chat with Debbie's two-year-old grandson.
Kyle, 13, who said apple pie makes Thanksgiving Thanksgiving for him brought his flute, some sheet music and a music stand. He didn't have one slice of pie, but he did practice a couple of songs.
Musical Instrument Museum in north Phoenix. We took along a young friend, Niles. In the photo above, you'll see Kyle (left) and Niles (and a couple of young girls) playing on wooden xylophone-like instruments in the "Experience" gallery.
The museum was great. It is a series of displays about music (and often dancing) from around the world. Visitors wear headsets and wireless hotspots transmit streamed music. Walking from display to display is a little like walking past open doors leading to great, noisy parties.
But that "Experience" gallery was no party, at least not for the adults who went in. It was wild and loud and exactly what was meant when someone came up with the word cacophony. It was sustained cacophony.
And the boys stayed in there f-o-r-e-v-e-r. According to Kyle, it was perfect.