Saturday, December 02, 2006

Out of the Mouths of Babes........

"Acoustics are what you hear with. Sometimes they get in walls and ceilings and have to be taken out."


"A ballet is like a short ballad except they sing it while they stand on their toes. This keeps it short."


"Flats are OK in music but bad in tires."


"Fortissimo means real loud. It is the way a composer yells on paper."


"Scales are found on snakes and pianos."


"Syncopation is not just boom, boom. It is boom ba da boom or sometimes boom da pa doodle da, rest, boom, boom."


"Tutti means everybody toot at the same time."


"The whole note gets its name from having a hole in the center."

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Generally, not until high school do kids have a real understanding of the vast sweep of topics like history or music history.

The following proves this point. These are childen's statements to their the nun.

"Music history is getting longer and harder all the time."


"The value of music to cave people was it scared wild animals away."


"The history of music was first the yelling, then the singing, then the instruments, then on to now."


"The minnesingers of long ago traveled from town to town. They didn't sing too good, which is one reason they kept traveling."


"All the old-time composers lived in Europe. Even today, it is always a few hours later here in America than it is in Europe because people haven't lived in America as long."


"Classical music was written a long, long time ago. But Baroque music was written a long, long, long time ago."


"Beethoven was born in 1770; it was really in the 19th Century, but time travels slower than centuries."

10 comments:

panthergirl said...

Oh weird... I couldn't comment on the previous post!

Anyway... those are cute but I really like the photos of the mansion. So gaudy!! I like going up to Newport to the see the mansions and they are supposed to be amazing at Christmastime too.

Here via michele... sorry for the delay!

sage said...

Where do you get those Kenju? I had to go down and look at again the governor's place. Here via Michele's this evening.

kenju said...

Panthergirl: you have to go down below the next post to comment (there were 2 in a row).

Sage: I get them from my friends via email.

Carmi said...

You have very good friends, Judy, because these are precious. Thanks for the many smiles.

Hi from Michele's!

Seamus said...

Those are priceless!!!!

Justin said...

I really liked that quote about "fortissimo." That's probably the best description I've ever heard of any music term.

Anonymous said...

Great stuff Judy, liked your Cardinal story too.

rashbre said...

These are very good. Very witty.

Anonymous said...

Very funny,can't beat kid's comments,what wonderful musical history. How nice to have the red Cardinal visit beside you for a little while.
Cheers Margaret

srp said...

Are you sure these weren't high school kids? ;)