Thursday, 2 October 2008

With the beat...

Charlie's just learned how to wave; he's not sure when to do it, so he sometimes waves at trees and passing dogs but he knows how to do it. And he recognises it when he sees other people waving, too. When you think about it, a conductor - especially one without a baton - looks as if he's waving. So when Charlie woke up last night in his push-chair and saw Eric waving at him, it was natural for him to wave back. And this wasn't any ordinary waving, either. For a start Eric didn't stop and smile. And when Eric waved his arms, the choir sang louder, softer, faster, slower according to the way he moved his arms. This was a whole new way of waving - called conducting - Charlie can't have seen before because it kept him entertained throughout last night's rehearsal (when he should, by rights, have been asleep). He did a good job, too. So watch out Sue Perkins, Goldie, Alex James and the rest; he'll be auditioning for series two of Maestro next!

12 comments:

  1. It's so funny hen they first realise how to wave and they love to see the response. My youngest was busy waving waving today and screeching with delight because people were playing her game.

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  2. Was Charlie waving back at Eric? I think you've got the makings of the next big toddler thing - 'mini maestro'! Fast track conductors, take it to New York, you'll be rich...

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  3. Charlie should be given a chance to conduct your choir - the aleatoric music ideas of John Cage et al. were never given enough respect in my opinion.

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  4. Good God, man - you don't mean he could wave his arms in time, do you? Can we borrow him on Sunday? (He sounds a darn site better than our choir's so-called conductor, whom we mostly ignore completely. It's the only way!)

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  5. Good for Charlie! I was watching a conductor the other night and I'm convinced there's no method in their madness so Charlie would be just as good!

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  6. Bet he brings all the enthusiasm without any of the self-importance to the job! He clearly has a calling...

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  7. My daughter went through a stage of that and we thought 'aww how cute, she's so friendly' and then she learnt how to talk and was all 'hey lady, look at me I'm waving at you lady. Lady!'
    Can you spell mortified?

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  8. How can he sleep through a rehearsal? Or were you singing a lullaby?

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  9. Good question - we weren't singing lullabies, and maybe that's the problem!

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  10. aaah...those precious moments...all too easily forgotten as they grow up far too quickly...love it!

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