she’s just a girl (in JV houseband)

Claude had been planning on auditioning for JV houseband at SoR over the winter, but during the audition week we all got some bug that had all three of us in one bed watching two entire seasons of “Robin of Sherwood”. She did not seem to have any regrets; then once, she said she wished…

nothing really matters

I imagine when Claudia and Béla are adults they will talk on the phone about how we used to sit and watch YouTube on tv and sing and just go down a rabbit hole of decades and decades of music videos. It is one of our favorite times together. It is more interactive than just…

ARENA ROCK

These School of Rock show seasons are always like this; you eat sleep and breathe eleven songs for months, and then in one weekend, it’s all over. This was that weekend. Probably the big overall winner was last night’s version of “Barracuda”. I love the moment where she appears to be working out a math…

congrats to claudia. 

I thought my weekend of pre-show preparation was mostly going to be in relation to Claudia’s wardrobe. That’s usually how we roll. Béla needs his arms unhindered and needs to stay cool; his show attire is generally new t-shirts. He is show-ready with his songs, as per the weekly note from his teacher, and I…

mostly microphones

We attended a workshop in contact microphone making at Portside Art Center this evening.  Béla loves stripping wire, man. Tucker saves him blown-out earbuds, adapters, anything — this kid loves gear guts. Claude started out frustrated, but got her method down and was then good to go. But Béla was really in his element. And…

that old standby

Dry ice. Never fails to impress. Thanks, Tuck.   Don’t fool yourself here that it didn’t “impress” Claudia; the field recording we made of a piece of dry ice vibrating in a metal spoon impressed upon her greatly — clearly her personal fingernails-on-a-chalkboard.   But this was funny:   And this was just cool:  …

black history month

I’ve learned, only be super gung-ho about a learning “opportunity” if you actually have ideas. We had a very plodding, petered-out Black History Month one year and this year, we just bought the t-shirt, and actually, that got us a LOT more traction. Thanks to rockers ill-fated natives. At the kids’ next School of Rock…

much rock

This is mostly a post about the Winter SoR performance season, but I do have to mention that we were at the school grabbing some extra vocal (!) lessons for Béla a few Saturday mornings ago when a nice dreadlocked woman came in and said that her band, who were playing next door that night,…

two years of homeschooling

The two-year anniversary of our homeschooling life fell on a Saturday, but not a Saturday with nothing to do. Kulu Mele’s “Journey” was happening as well as our own journey. See if you can find Claudia (whose brother stayed with her five extra hours of rehearsal time): When we got home, it was ordering in…

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…