Saturday, August 9, 2008

atop the wall

Atop the Wall
August 2008

My iTunes: ABC-DEF-GHI by Big Bird from Sesame Street

Yes, I am listening to a song from Sesame Street. I grew up with a CD called Sing: Songs of Joe Raposo, which has all my favorite classic Sesame Street songs, like ABC-DEF-GHI, Would You Like to Buy an "O"?, C is for Cookie, Peanut Butter, Bein' Green, Doin' the Pigeon, New Way to Walk, and more. I've been watching my friend's 4-year-old daughter, XiXi, lately, and whenever it's bath time, we have to (or rather, I have to) since ABC-DEf-GHI. It's not your typical alphabet song -- you basically go through and pronounce the whole alphabet like a single word. Check out the YouTube video of it here. I'll have to dig up the CD, because they seem to be hard to find, and expensive once you find them -- Amazon has two used ones starting at $38.99, Half.com has one for $36.75, eBay has one for $24.99, and iTunes doesn't even have it! If you have kids and are looking for a fantastic CD, this is one of my top recommendations, though!

While I'm not listening to Sesame Street... I've been working hard at aurals. Scales were easy, but identifying chord types in all their different inversions is NOT. The next two weeks are going to involved me frantically trying to prepare for the placement test so I can take the right course in the fall so I can take the last one in the spring so I can graduate. If I think about the big picture, it's easy to get overwhelmed. But if I take things one step at a time, I make progress. It's like this picture -- focus on one brick at a time and eventually you'll make it to the end of the wall, but if you try to just look for the end, it seems too far away.

In closing, did anyone watch the opening ceremonies for the Olympics last night? WOW! They were phenomenal! Personally, I loved all the art history given during the artistic portion, and I thought the visual and musical production was absolutely glorious. As one of the commentators said, "This is what happens when you give an artist practically unlimited resources!"

6 comments:

Anna said...

You would point out the stuff about art history from the opening ceremonies *rolls eyes* I thought the costumes were cool does that count?

Britt said...

That's such a great reminder about taking things one step (or brick!) at a time. Definitely advice I need to heed. :)
I had a Sesame Street cassette tape, so I know exactly what song you're talking about!!

Robert said...

My mother-in-law called us last night to see if we were watching opening ceremonies cause "they were awesome." I told her we were not really interested. We got what we wanted from China last year! Ha ha.

Anna said...

I love Robert's comment!

This picture is great...I took a similar one in London...

I did not watch all the ceremonies...I am quite torn with the state of China and all it stands for and watching them put on a show for the world to see...
it is all a facade.

:) But I did see some of the competitions today...

Julie Ackerman Link said...

I heard the same comment about giving an artist unlimited resources, but I can't remember who said it. I'd like to track down the exact quotation. Do you recall who said it?

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