So my son, my first draft child, the boy who will always have my heart … he is 17 years old as of August 9, 2015. I only have 52 weeks to ensure I’ve done everything right! I can panic now, yes? Gonna panic a little. However, I do think I’ve done pretty well already and there isn’t much left that needs to be taught or discussed. I think he will be a great adult once released into the wild that is society at large. I can say that based on feedback from other adults too, even some who aren’t related to us, so even if my bias is showing it’s still okay!
Mister Twister is a bass in his school’s Men’s Choir. He joined last year as a Junior and has loved every moment, from class to workshops to concerts, even recruiting a few new guys for this year’s choir. Back in late April he sent me a video from an acapella group he’d found that he really liked. I also fell for them, watching almost every video I could find including videos uploaded by other fans. Most of you may know I get distracted easily, and I also have a tendency to obsess about things for a while before my attention is turned to something else. This happens in all areas of my life – please do not ask about any sewing projects as they are currently backlogged, LOL! – and, long story short, I found myself going back and forth daily between this group, and music in Spanish (especially lyric videos – remember, I learned Spanish in high school and am still learning and practicing by reading along!) for most of the summer.
The school year ended, and Mister Twister and I were still watching music videos and sharing them via email. In my daily YouTubing I was reminded of concerts I’d been to, many years ago. I’ve seen New Kids On The Block, Metallica, Crosby Stills & Nash, Chicago, and Jimmy Buffett to name a few. I love music in almost any genre, and I think it shows in my personal library! I’m so glad the kids have enjoyed a lot of my music, and they have pretty well-rounded tastes like their mother.
Here comes the birthday gift from my parents. I had to sit on this secret for almost THREE WEEKS and I can *finally* talk about it around him! A few weeks ago I called Mom during my lunch break and walked her through this purchase. (Note: Mom dyed his hair, at his request, and with my permission. I did not expect quite the outcome, but he likes it, so, hey.)
I get to take him to his first concert!! We are going to see Home Free Vocal Band on October 1st!!!
AND WE GET TO MEET THEM BEFORE THE SHOW! *faints*
He is truly as excited as I am, but it has been quite difficult to contain my excitement without giving away the surprise – so I was actually glad when his birthday finally rolled around! I have a video (click to watch) of him opening the tickets – it’s 4:30 long and gets a little boring unless you listen to my brother’s lovely commentary. He’s a funny guy in the last minute when he’s talking to his oldest nephew. I did have to stop recording a bit early for laughter but really, I got his reaction to the whole deal and that’s what matters to me!
I want to note here that I have been working on this post for over a week, due to having issues with WordPress (see my new theme/look?) and the school year has begun for my kids. Every year, about a week before the first day, our district sends a wall calendar to every family with a student enrolled; I like to look at the artwork – always by students, from district art shows – and look at days off so I can plan as many trips to Mom’s as we can fit. I flipped to October and got a nice surprise! Initially I was going to let him skip the day after the concert, since we will have to drive a few hours and stay overnight. This year we have our Fall Break scheduled for October 1 & 2, so he will already be off school! When I saw it, I almost slipped and gave away our plans for that weekend! I managed to recover with some help from my beloved Ardeo, who has an October 4 birthday. Close call and I’m glad he was sitting next to me when I noticed and got excited about those dates!
I am still so excited for this concert. I feel like it is forever away, but it’s only 6 weeks away now! I am taking an extended weekend from work too, so woohoo for a mini vacation! There will be more concerts in our future, although they will likely be free shows. A yearly assignment for choir students here is to attend a classical concert, and living close to a university we have quite a few opportunities well into December.
Bring on the music!! It makes the world go ’round!
Namaste my friends ~