"The free play of art is the result of mastery. " --Ernst Fischer, The Necessity of Art

"Children are likely to live up to what you believe of them." --Ladybird Johnson

"...a well-trained ear, a well-trained intelligence, a well-trained heart, and a well-trained hand...." --Zoltan Kodaly


Daily Life, 31

OK....this ranks as one of the most odd--and intriguing--conversations I've ever had with a child. Cross-sensory perception? Poet? Interesting, wherever it came from.

Kindergarten Music class. I was sitting on a very short chair, with the kids all around me. I was wearing a long, forest green dress.

Jonathan*: Ms. N, your dress feels like grey.

Me: Hmm, Jonathan*. Do you mean that it looks like grey?

Jonathan*: No. It FEELS like grey. It's kind of slippery.

Me: Yep. That's called 'rayon'. It's a kind of fabric.

Jonathan*: It feels grey. Or, like silver. Yes, like silver. It's so, you know, it's so...smooth.

*Jonathan* is, naturally, not this young artist/poet's real name.

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