I play the piano. And I sing. But I don’t play the guitar. It’s been one of those "some day I’m gonna…" things on my list for a long time. You can’t exactly pull out the piano while sitting on the living room sofa and do a few songs, or bring your piano over to a friend’s house to sing a few after supper.
In high school I was in the jazz band and played the electric bass. (in my defense, I also played volleyball and basketball and the jazz band was really cool. right? right?). But the bass is a whole different instrument to the guitar–one note at a time, big thick strings that don’t leave long, thin, tender creases in your fingertips.
And when I find new music like this, or see a video like the one below, it becomes almost painful to me that I don’t know how to play. Dan even owns a guitar. One Christmas I convinced his family to all pitch in and buy him one, hoping he’d have the time to learn and fill my guitar-less void. But still the guiltar (I’m keeping that spelling mistake, kind of ironic, don’t you think?) sits untouched in the corner.
So enough about me….are you getting the Junior Society Reports from Robert Mahar in your inbox? If not, you’re missing some good stuff. This morning’s email was the 15 best kids music albums of 2007. And somehow from there I landed on the hip young parent blog, which finally led me to one of the CDs on the list. And Kris, if you’re reading this. You’re going to want this CD.
Renee and Jeremy were on the list of 15 best albums. So far everything I’ve listened to on their CD, I love. Really love. I’m now going to have to buy it. It’s one of those "I have to have it" kinds of CDs. If you don’t believe me, check out this animated version of their "It’s A Big World" song….
And if you still have doubts, here they are sitting on the sofa (which led to the emotional outburst above about playing guitar) singing "Night Mantra". They’re good, people. And if that’s not enough, they even have one of the best looking websites I’ve seen in awhile.