Friday, June 21, 2013

Ukulele Man

If you check out my Flickr, you've probably already seen this. It was something I started to write as a joke, and then I ended up kinda liking it, so I decided to share with a (slightly) wider audience. 

It's eleven o'clock on a Friday
Me and my boys hanging out
Neither one's jumping on top of me
But that'll change quickly, no doubt

Then my son finds this old ukulele
He's not really sure what it's for
So I tighten a string and I pluck a few notes
And then he starts beggin' for more

La la la di dee da,
La la, di da da dum

Play us a song, ukulele man,
Play us a song today
Yeah this thing's just a toy, but it brings your dad joy
Whenever your song starts to play

Then I hand Isaac back the small instrument
To see what he'll do with it now
And his eyes say "I know this makes music
I just gotta figure out how."
Then his eyes scrunch up in concentration
As he gingerly fingers a string
And he bites his lower lip as he plucks it
And the thing makes a magical "ping"

Oh, la la la, di da da
La la, di da da da dum

Then my boy starts to pick each and every string
Studying every noise
Then his fingers start strummin' and he begins hummin',
That thing becomes more than a toy

It's a pretty good song for a toddler
When he's finished, he finally grins
And I know that my baby loves music
Almost as much as I love him.
And he carries it around for the rest of the day
Till his ukulele time is done
In a year, he won't even remember these days
In a year, I'll wonder where they've all gone

Oh, la la la, di da da
La la, di da da da dum

So play me a song, Ukulele Man,
Play me a song today
Though the world may be full of grand-masters
You're the one that I want to hear play

Thursday, June 6, 2013

"Try not to think too hard, Vivi, sometimes you have to smile..."

This post has nothing to do with that song, but it's been stuck in my head lately.  Longtime readers of the blog will know that I'm at least a passing fan of The Internet's Brentalfloss, who built a solid youtube following putting lyrics to old school video game music.  Lately, he's been branching out and doing some originals, and they're better than his "with lyrics" songs.  And even though I'm not familiar with Final Fantasy IX at all, this song is just incredibly catchy.   (With the warning, should you go exploring, much of Floss' stuff is, shall we say, not at all family-friendly) 

Anyway, here we are.  I did survive the month of May.  Go me!  And two of my four jobs have now successfully wrapped up.  Woohoo!  This month is also going to be taxing, but in a different way.  I have a week-plus break between ball games this month, but most of it will be taken up by preteen camp.  And every day I'm at home I'll have both boys, which will be physically and mentally exhausting.  But life is good, friends :-)

And we're having another baby in December.  Have I mentioned that yet?

Really, I just wanted to pop in to say I know I haven't been around blogger a lot lately, and that's actually not likely to change in the short-term. I've got two big auditions later this month that I really  need to get work done on, and I have not one, not two,  not three, but four writing projects in various stages of development right now, at least two of which actually involve *gasp* research.  So blogging may take a backseat for the time being.

Really, you should be following my flickr feed if you just really want a slice-of-my-life.  A picture may or may not be worth a thousand words, but it generally takes less time.

So, just dropping in to say hi, I'm good, how are you?  I may not have time to write again until early July.  Vacation is on the horizon, though, my friends!  This will be some well-earned time off, I tell you!

(Sorry for the lack of an informative or entertaining entry; however, if all you get out of this blog is the Vivi song, then this blog is still totally worth it)