molecule of the week, august 31: water

Well. Not super exciting, but we also didn’t expect we’d be starting school last week. I don’t know that we will necessarily post every week’s molecule. We’ll see. Just in case a water molecule isn’t enough for you, here’s a clip of a concert we went to later in the week — Philly’s Hardwork Movement…

secret synth night!

Well, it only took half a year or so, but we got ourselves to Secret Synth Night. They’re going to have to be a lot quieter in there if they want to keep it a secret, but I don’t think they really do. It is an all-ages, all-abilities meetup of folks interested in electronic music….

school of rock summer festival

Without a doubt, the best show either of the kids have ever done. The Bowie tribute two summers ago had previously been their high point — I mean, performing under a (working) wooden roller coaster — and their outfits had been SO on point, including handmade items and fantastic makeup. This show, the outfits were…

first performance with omo kulu mele

We have been taking the kids to see Kulu Mele since they were babies and it has certainly always been in the back of my head that Claudia could join the youth troop, Omo Kulu Mele, someday. This photo was taken at the Please Touch Museum in 2010. Claude was two. She got up on…

NIGRUM NOCTUA: THE HONEY OF DEATH

  On the very VERY first day of “back to homeschool” in September of 2017, I told the kids that one of our MAJOR goals was to attend PhilaMOCA’s “Tokusatsu Tuesday” program every month, and to begin filming our own episodic toku program. Even if we only got one done! “Even if we only got…

“HOW DARE YOU!” — A MUSIC VIDEO

On a bright Saturday morning — quite a bit earlier than we usually like to be up — our friend Steven met us at the River Walk for some of HIS kind of fun. Oh, we have long enjoyed Steven’s fun on Facebook and YouTube… but the kids have not gotten to participate… until now….

enjoying the blue yeti microphone

Why even bother with my commentary? And my apologies for the repeated photo — it’s all I could really think of to give Soundcloud when I uploaded those files. Here are B. and C., making an “audiobook”:   And then, the beginning of “podcasting”:   The VERY sudden appearance of Mrs. Motherpuffs is one of…

looping workshop with girls rock philly

Without question we love our School of Rock Philly. But it is always fun to try out another program in town. and Girls Rock Philly has some great workshops — really different things than SoR does. We saw they were doing a looping pedal workshop, and, well, I was hesitant — the kids had gotten…

two davids in four days

Even late in 2017 as I was buying the tickets and putting these events on the calendar, I knew: it was going to make for a hell of a week, and not entirely in the good sense. Tickets to “David Bowie Is” at the Brooklyn Museum for a Sunday daytrip; and, that coming Wednesday night,…

laying down tracks

The kids have been getting some help at home, learning how to use Garage Band… and their Blue Yeti microphone that they got for Xmas… and the looper pedal… recording, basically. How to manage their own home recording. Getting them making multitrack original musical recordings — and using the vocal mike to create podcasts —…

illharmonic hip hop orchestra

The kids received two sets of tickets for the whole family on Christmas day (we found them in the tree): one for “David Bowie Is” at the Brooklyn museum next month, and one for Illharmonic Hip Hop Orchestra. The Orchestra performed at the Rotunda, where the Philly Zine Fest had been. Claudia saw one girl…