"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, 97

We turned our December 'xylophone challenge' into an "inter-galactically filmed TV show!" ,  so that the Martians and other nebulous beings could watch us take solos....

Part of this, of course, involved commercial breaks, hosted by various kids.  Here's a sample...

...in 5th Grade:

Randeh*      OK, folks, let me introduce you to my best friend.  He's always here, you know? Hanging right up here on the wall above the computer, he's Duke Ellington.  Give him a hand!
Now I ask you, people, what kind of parents name their kid Duke?   I mean, come on! Did they not know he was gonna become famous? And now he's Duke?   I mean, really.   Parents, I'm telling you, check out the  Name Change  Baby Book next time!

...in 3rd Grade:

Sarah*       OK, everybody,  you come on down to the Homework Store!  What, your teacher doesn't believe you that your dog ate your homework again?  Well come on down--we got us here a vacuum cleaner that definitely will eat your homework and spit out a note to tell your teacher so.  Only 10 dollars, it's cheap, come on down!

....in 2nd Grade:

Simon*     So are you having trouble waking up at midnight because your bed's too lumpy? Well come on over and check out our super soft beds! They bounce! They're soft!  They'll bounce you to the ceiling if you have some serious trouble getting back to sleep! Yes, they'll even bounce you outside in the middle of the night so you can make some snow angels!  Better tell your Mom first though, kids, or you won't be able to get back inside because everyone else is asleep. So come on down!  Only 19 dollars and ten cents!  Come on down during the daytime because we're closed at night, and buy one for yourself!  It's soft!

*Randeh, Sarah and Simon are, of course, not these young marketer's real names...perhaps it's just as well that the products they're hawking aren't real (except in imagination) either....

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