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Posted 03 March 2012 - 07:05 AM

I'm sitting here listening to keyboards and guitar being played next door in my daughters bedroom.
In there are two young teenage girls exploring this fantastic, exciting world of endless inspiration that music brings.
Just as books can enthrall and captivate, taking you to worlds in your head (and heart)so can music.
Although I've heard the same rendition of a song for the thousandth (is that a word?) time, and I do worry a little about the neighbours, I can't help but think how lucky I am to have MY sixteen year old, at home, safe, not wandering the streets or doing drugs, NOT glued to facebook, or anything else that might be detrimental to her physical or mental well being.
Sometimes there's just moments when it's so damn cool to be a parent and watch your kids evolve and "discover".

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Posted 03 March 2012 - 08:38 AM

That is cool, Tracy. My kids are grown, both off making lives in creative pursuits, and I miss those days when Noah would show us his crude animations and Aiden was practicing jazz piano. :). It's also cool that your recognize the value of that lovely noise.

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Posted 03 March 2012 - 04:18 PM

Very nice! :) I think one of the things I used to struggle with the most in similar such situations was resisting the urge to go in and say things like, "That's sounding great; why don't you try this?" Posted Image

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Posted 03 March 2012 - 05:12 PM

View PostDesertrose, on 03 March 2012 - 07:05 AM, said:

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Although I've heard the same rendition of a song for the thousandth (is that a word?) time, and I do worry a little about the neighbours, I can't help but think how lucky I am to have MY sixteen year old, at home, safe, not wandering the streets or doing drugs, NOT glued to facebook, or anything else that might be detrimental to her physical or mental well being.
Sometimes there's just moments when it's so damn cool to be a parent and watch your kids evolve and "discover".

Not having any children, I can still appreciate where you're coming from about a parent's concerns for their children, especially these days.
I'm remembering the Stones, even back in my days, saying how much "useless information" was around.

And i can also remember how my folks would allow our band practices to go on in our cellar just about every weekend with no complaints about the noise.
You should be, (I don't like the word pride) let's just say, very satisfied with the outcome. Thanks Mick. ;)
I'll bet your daughter is also saying, "thanks Mother Me". B) :)
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Posted 03 March 2012 - 08:33 PM

I was once a leader at a camp for teenagers and we divided them into groups of 4-5, sent them away for an hour or two to write a song from scratch and then I recorded it on my multi-track.
My only regret is that I 'lost' the CD's, mainly because some of the kids where so embarrassed about what they sounded like that they didn't really want their mates hearing....but they should never have been embarrassed, some of it was amazing for scratch and I wish I'd keep the mp3 as I'm sure they love to hear their songs again now...oh well :)


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Posted 03 March 2012 - 09:41 PM

I remember the feeling of witnessing my children blossoming.

It was, and is, a privilege :)
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Posted 03 March 2012 - 11:55 PM

As parents, the cacophony of our children is music to our ears, isn't it? If we could only find a way to extend that a bit further beyond the confines of parental tolerance.

My 14 yr old nephew is self teaching himself the workings of the keyboard. His favorite song is the theme from the American sitcom "The Office". I was visiting with he and family over Christmas and was driven to near insanity by his compulsion to perfect his rendition of it. I love him, but he's not my kid, if you get my drift. :lol: It didn't seem to bother my sister and brother-in-law at all, as should be expected.

My parents were equally patient with me and my sister when we were learning to play violin, going so far as to nag us about practicing more.

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Posted 04 March 2012 - 03:05 AM

My 9 year old did a recital late last year and nailed Frosty the snow man. He site read the music and played it very well. My kids amaze me on a daily basis...

Now he's trying to learn songs he likes which is the best kind of musical discovery.

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Posted 04 March 2012 - 03:29 AM

You know, I can't go to any kind of school performance without wearing sunglasses.
It doesn't matter who's kid it is, whenever I see those with talent get up and perform my eyes just spill over. I can't control it and it's embarrassing, lol!

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Posted 04 March 2012 - 01:54 PM

Ha yeah my wife and mother inlaw were both in tears by the end of the performance LOL! OK I shouldn't laugh because I was moved too. My daughter did a nice piano piece. She's now asking for certain songs that she wants to do from the music teacher which is kind of cool. They're still young but they both read music much better than I ever have. I think it's at least a nice skill to have.

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Posted 04 March 2012 - 09:34 PM

"I think one of the things I used to struggle with the most in similar such situations was resisting the urge to go in and say things like, "That's sounding great; why don't you try this?"

Yes! I know. Difficult to keep a balance of gentle suggestion and intrusion upon budding creativity.

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