Yesterday found this fiddler spending the day with the grandson... what fun we had! A is so interested in his world, and has so much personality. He absolutely LOVES reading... he has a lot of hard books with bright pictures. If I sit cross-legged on the floor, he gets a book, stands in front of me facing away and then backs up to sit down in the 'seat' I've created with my bent legs. He'll sit like that for quite a few stories.
I brought my fiddle and some books along with me, on the chance I'd have a few minutes to play a few tunes... this is a good practice for all fiddlers to adopt. There have been many times I've been happy to have the fiddle along to play, and a few times when I regretted leaving it behind when I could have played... I haven't ever been sorry to bring it along even when it doesn't get played. Anyway, Avery got the book out of my bag and did his little routine where he backs into me to sit on my lap. I don't know what he thought when we opened the book and there were no bright pictures, or even many words! I believe this may have been his first introduction to the world of printed music! So, I started singing and following my finger along with the notes, to give him the idea of associating these things together.
I did play some tunes while he was playing, and he really liked that too... when I'd stop he'd immediately look up at me with a quizzical look on his face, utter a few undecipherable sounds, and then happily smile and go back to playing when I'd start another tune.
Avery is cutting teeth, and has been a little fussy by some reports but we had a fabulous day yesterday!
High Reel is in the Portland Collection.
Wednesday, May 31, 2006
Posted by Fiddler at 5/31/2006 07:23:00 AM