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First Duet

The girls played together publicly for the first time today. It was Lolly’s first time on the flute. We recorded it this morning before we went to the performance.


Missing Home…

I love my city. I love when we just happen upon a new art installation. We were only able to find 3 of the 60 pianos in our city.  We left town before the installation was over, so we tried to make the most of it for the few days we were still there.

I was so dismayed that I have no piano music memorized, so I tried to read images of sheet music on my iphone, it was next to impossible….but we fiddled around and played a few tunes.


We are the proud of owners of a previously-loved Armstrong flute.

Lolly can make a sound! It’s a good one too!

There is a whole new set of rules for this instrument.  Violins and Flutes=High maintenance…sounds like the perfect match for my chilly-willies.

Lolly can’t stop holding her flute. She is dang excited.  Frankly, I am too…

note: necklace in photo-a damaged locket she found at Urban Outfitters while I was returning a TON of merch. She waited to patiently I agreed to buy it.  She says it has magical powers from the beast in Alice in Wonderland who licks Alice’s wounds clean. She handed it to me last night and said: Mom, this is very special to me, please don’t let anything happen to it.

Third Person Thursday

She is amazed at how quickly life goes by when she feels joy.

Joy, a feeling utterly absent from her soul for so long.  And she feels so robbed because she knows it was there, it was just dampened by chemicals, not just dampened, put out completely: The fire of joy, extinguished.

She was catching up on some computer stuff one night, listening to her NEW playlist.  Music was absent for a few years too, but it’s creeping back in.  She was surprised by FROM THIS ONE PLACE playing in her ears, a song sent to her by email from a blog-reader.  She teared up as she listened to the story:

“I was about to give up and that’s no lie
cardinal landed outside my window
threw his head back and sang a song
so beautiful it made me cry

took me back to a childhood tree
full of birds and dreams

from this one place I can’t see very far
in this one moment I’m square in the dark
these are the things I will trust in my heart
you can see something else
something else

I don’t know what’s making me so afraid
tiny cloud over my head
heavy and grey with a hint of dread
I don’t like to feel this way

take me back to a window seat
with clouds beneath my feet

from this one place I can’t see very far
in this one moment I’m square in the dark
these are the things I will trust in my heart
you can see something else
something else”

~Sara Groves, From This One Place

She suddenly saw that place she occupied for so long, and she breathed a sigh that she has left it…that she has stepped back into the light.  And it is so inspiring, motivating, mind-blowing, laugh and dance-inducing, vibrant and on fire, fueled by joy. She feels joy.

She wonders, have you downloaded any new tunes lately? Like:

Glee soundtrack: Poker Face
Adele: Make you Feel My Love
Madeleine Peyroux: Waters of March
Ella Fitzgerald: Manhattan
Kite Runner Soundtrack: Supplication
Jason Mraz: Kickin’ With You
Black Eyed Peas: I gotta Feelin’
Sound of Music: Lonely Goatherd
Mary J Blige: Hard Times Come Again No More
Ann Margret: 13 Men
Dinah Washington: Relax Max

She thinks you will find something downloadable on this list, your welcome.

Recorder Recital

Lolly had her first recital.  Didn’t she look cute?  I don’t care that this dress is a hand-me-down it’s just the perfect recital dress. Bell 3/4 sleeves? Stop it.  There were four recorder girls at the mostly-flute exhibition.  The players played in order of ability so we were surprised to see Lolly as the fourth and last recorder player.  The first three girls had been playing since the fall, and Lolly started on March 23rd to be exact.

Before she played the teacher explained that she was the newest member of their group and had only been playing for 2 and a half months.  Lolly then proceeded to rock Twinkle Twinkle Little Star (and variations).  She was very “nervous” about her bow…she practiced it a lot!  Man I was rooting for that kid.  I wore my new flute necklace (she will play flute very soon!) in support of her!

Jason and I were so proud of Lolly.  I was just WILLING her to remember everything and she did!  Phoebe got pretty hyper pre-concert and then just fell asleep after Lolly played.  The room was extremely hot and I guess she wore herself down.  We now have proof that Phoebz is capable of mid-day sleeping, so we think we are going to institute mandatory family naps on Sunday afternoons!

Lolly has accomplished so much since March 23rd and we are so excited to watch her progress. She asks (practically begs) to practice nearly everyday, picks up on her assignments superfly fast and she can read music.  She and J shared a fist pump when she was done.  She reached out her fist and said: First Concert! (Fist Pump).  One down…


Among many other things, today I observed how high my daughters head had grown since kindergarten, compared to the piano.

Stay tuned for an upcoming Third Person Thursday on the first 3 hours of my day. Oi.


I don’t know about you, but I think there is a market hole right now, since the Judds are no longer performing together very much. I think we are really close to being able to slide right in and take over that market……I mean, come on:

I am going to have to change my number for all the calls I am about to get, upon posting our debut concert.