Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Mary's "Lullaby League" Solo

UPDATE #2:  Thanks again to my sweet friend Bille Jo.  She provided a suggestion that I have tried.  (I went into Facebook, changed my privacy settings on these 2 videos, deleted the original link that I had embed and copy/pasted the public link.  Hope it works.  If not, no big deal.  I just thought their sweet angelic voices were a beacon of light in a sometimes crazy world!)



UPDATE:  So, my sweet friend, Billie Jo, emailed me to let me know that she can't view the video?  Is anyone else having this problem?  I can view both of them from my end.  Strange!!!  I'm not very tech savvy so I'm not quite sure what the problem might be.  Billie Jo mentioned something about privacy settings????


Such beauty and grace in this tiny, pint-sized, ballerina!  







As I promised, a snippet of video I took at Mary and Benjamin's school Spring Musical.

Mary was given a bit part as a "Lullaby League" girl and a small solo.



 


So very grateful to Grace (left) and Logan (right) for taking Mary under their wings and working with her on their Lullaby League trio.




Mary's very talented music and art teacher has brought her passion, love, and gift for music and art to the students of this tiny parochial school.  A former Broadway actress and opera singer, she encourages and nurtures music in EVERY student!!! She also taught music education in both New York City and Washington, D.C.  We are so blessed to have her return to her native roots...she grew up in a tiny Kansas town out west.

She has created and taken the non-existent "student choir" to exciting heights and has big things in store for them this summer.  And although, Mary and a couple other 2nd graders are too young to officially be in choir, she is allowing them to participate in a summer singing festival that is sure to be a big deal.  Can't wait to share down the road!!!

In the meantime, Mrs. E. used all student talent to create the scenery for The Wizard of Oz with only a bit of help from parents.  During dress rehearsal, as I was setting up an "Art Gallery" for her, I heard only grace and kindness come from her mouth!  She was gently explaining to the 7th and 8th graders (middle schoolers, OY!)  :)  that typically during dress rehearsals, "directors" are screaming at their actors, but she didn't adhere to that philosophy.  (Although I did hear her raise her voice a time or two to get some silly-acting boys and girls in line!)  What was amazing though, was how much the kiddos listened to her...they love her and want to perform for her.  Proof positive that you really can catch more bees with honey than vinegar!!!

As the evening wrapped up, parents were treated to one more surprise!  Mrs. E. had been working with the students on their own rendition of Phillip Phillips' Home.  As I had no idea the kids were going to break out into a non-Wizard of Oz song, I didn't have a recording device ready, but I did manage to catch about a minute of their performance.  Check out the Tin Man on guitar and Uncle Henry on the drums.  I think these two young men have quite the future ahead of them!  Oh to be only in 8th grade again!!!

Video quality is not the best as I was using my iPhone, but you can hear them really well.  Not sure if you can fine Mary or not, but she is to the left (behind) the Tin Man.  At certain points during the song, she really begins to rock out!  So funny!





Anyway, thanks for indulging me!!!  I claim no credit for Mary's talent...that is all God-given....but I do try to nurture her love for music and direct her towards age-appropriate activities (dance classes that focus on the classics of tap and ballet, piano lessons, summer theater, etc.).

She's currently teaching herself piano using our piano and the iPad.  Time to seek out a music teacher!!!

 

8 comments:

  1. Don't know if it just me, Val...but the video isn't showing..something about privacy settings?

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  2. Can't see the video here either!

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  3. Yay!!! All fixed Val! And I loved them! Your daughter is amazing...how exciting for her...and for mommy too. Thank you for sharing, dear friend! : )

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  4. What fun! This teacher sounds amazing!!! I hope someone showed her some appreciation today since it was Teacher Appreciation Day!

    Grass is NOT growing under Miss Mary's feet. Good for her.

    Counting down!!! Can't wait.

    M :)

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  5. Wow, that was awesome!!! She's talented and beautiful! Loved seeing the large video too!! (that's one of my favorite songs!)

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  6. She's amazing!! Just pure loveliness and so very beautiful!!

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  7. The video clip worked just fine. She was a delight to listen to. You are doing an amazing job nurturing her talents.

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  8. Holy Cow! She sounded so wonderful...strong and confident too. That was so nice to see. Congrats to her.

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Thank you so much for taking the time to comment. Your kind words are appreciated! As Mother Teresa said, "Let us always meet each other with smile, for the smile is the beginning of love."

Valerie