Sunday, July 12, 2009

Music Love


Music makes us happy. Lily sings at the top of her lungs almost all day and I love it. You could even say that music is what brought our family together. In college, I had a friend in a physics class. One day when I wore a t-shirt with a somewhat obscure band name on it he said "hey, my friend listens to that band, you have to meet him" and the rest is, as they say, history. Chris and I still love hearing live music whether it be on our living room "stage" with Lily singing "Families and Lions Can Be Together Forever" ("you liked that part about lions right mom?" ~ Lily) or with 7000 others at the free concert at the Gallivan Center this past Thursday. We often kick ourselves for leaving a good thing behind us in Hawaii but at moments like this, hearing great bands like Bon Iver and Jenny Lewis (of Rilo Kiley) FOR FREE while munching on fresh bread, apricots and cheese from the farmer's market, we are lovin' the mainland.

People watching at this show was almost as great as the music itself. There were all types, including lots and lots of kids! Lily didn't hesitate to strip off her dress and jump in the fountain with the other kiddos and swim until her pull-up (we weren't risking the porta-potties that time. . .) outweighed her and I refused to let her be naked in the water (This ain't Hawaii sistah!). Others, adults, jumped in clothed and swam to the sweet falsetto that is Bon Iver. . .until being kicked out by security.

Friday night Chris, myself, my brother Richard, sister Alyssa, Alyssa's boyfriend and my brother, David and his friend went to see the Utah Symphony at Thanksgiving Point as part of their outdoor summer concert series. It was amazing. Richard and I made infinite oboe jokes (my rock-n-roll brother also plays the oboe, if you didn't know. . .my favs being Hoboe Playah and Reed it and Weep, both future t-shirts) and enjoyed Copeland and Suza classics as well as some Benny Goodman, and a new piece featuring a "cell-phonist". The Symphony took popular cell ring tones, punched in dramatically by the hilarious cell phonist and took the melody as the theme. It was hilarious. I think Tori might have thought about joining band in high school if she could have had a cell phone!
There were SO MANY PEOPLE at the Symphony concert that we took our time walking around the beautiful (but dark) gardens while the crowds filed out. Richard planned out how he may be able to live at the gardens, undetected, as we explored the waterfalls, foot paths and bridges. We planned a whole urban Man vs. Wild. Coming soon to YouTube. . .
It seems my daughter comes by her skinny-dipping tendencies naturally. Richard jumped in one of the garden ponds before we left.

5 comments:

Claudia said...

I miss music events with you! Glad you guys are finding your niche in your new home. Those t-shirt ideas are hilarious!

Malia said...

Wow, when I see your cute little home and hear of your fun little adventures I don't blame you for moving to the mainland! It is tempting...

The Fenns said...

What fun! We need to check out some of those free concerts. Sometimes I feel like my life is consumed with work, work and more work.

It was so great to go walking with you and Amy yesterday. Ask Chris about going camping with us the last weekend of the month. Let me know!

Erin H. said...

Just so you know, if I don't get BOTH of those t-shirts I will be pissed off!

momwouldgo said...

GO Lily! Thanks for being the Utah nudest. We miss you guys so much. We are ready to head back to the mainland after such a fun trip this summer...watch out we may be state neighbors soon! I will bring more skinny dippers for Lily to wade with.