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.

On Friday, when we were looking to get out of the house, we decided to check out the 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.

Robin, Tempe 


St Elsewhere said...

Here from Lori's PM....

I loved how Kyle described Thanksgiving and then he decided to not finish his slice of pie...:-)

The Experience gallery sounds fantastic! I am glad the children enjoyed it so much.

Delenn said...

Music is such a wonderful thing to share...and I love that he practiced instead of having pie!

Kate said...

What a fun exhibit...too bad there wasn't a waiting room for the adults :)

Robin J. Phillips said...

Kate: The "waiting room" was part of the fun. We had four adults who took turns going in to watch the kids. Otherwise, we were sitting on a bench right outside the Experience Gallery. Every parent who walked out from there was totally shell-shocked, glassy-eyed and looked in need of a stiff drink.

Lavender Luz said...


I avoid places like Chuck E Cheese for the cacophony reason, but this museum sounds interesting to me.

For at least 5 minutes.

Sometimes it's as perfect to GIVE a perfect moment as it is to experience one, eh?

Esperanza said...

"According to Kyle, it was perfect."

Need you say more?

Probably not. ;)

Kristin said...

Here from Perfect Moment Monday...It sounds like y'all had a phenomenal time. Thanks for sharing your perfect moment.

Kathy said...

Here from Perfect Moment Monday...

I love Lori's perspective on this and agree with Esperanza! I am glad that Kyle had such a perfect moment and that you gave him the opportunity to experience it. Happy (belated) Thanksgiving to you and yours. :)

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