The kids and I joined dear friends this evening and saw a fantastic concert, ‘Dan Zanes and Friends’. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dan_Zanes Dan is from the U.S. and his ‘friends’ included a Palestinian on the Oud which was magical. It absolutely rocked! I have been missing music like this – music that’s really accessible for the kids and with SOUL! The kids danced their socks off in front of the stage, which was littered with huge beans bags for them – how cool is that! And then Dan invited them up onto the stage for the last song. My son was absolutely thrilled and sang right next to Dan!
This concert totally confirmed for me the importance of Edward learning the guitar. I can’t wait for him to start lessons. It’s such an accessible instrument and so versatile – in the sense that it’s very portable to take to friends’ and once you can play one kind you can easily learn to play so many others – from the banjo to the Oud, which is something that would really help him get in touch with his roots. With a flexible home educating schedule, I hope we’ll have the pick of teachers since we can offer them morning and early afternoon teaching slots. I would love to find a teacher like Dan Zanes who could pass on his love for his instrument and the music. And it would be great if the teacher could demonstrate how international music is – like Dan did this evening, singing and playing music from many different countries.
I could totally see Edward becoming a Dan Zanes one day. He adores entertaining people and has enormous charisma. If he becomes musically talented this could be the sort of thing he’d love to do. I would be very proud for him to bring so much happiness into people’s lives especially if it was in such a wholesome way – entertaining families!! A great evening and so unusual, it’s not the kind of thing often offered in Bahrain, which is, after all, a tiny island. Dan’s concert was part of Bahrain’s ‘Spring of Culture’ and we’ll be going to something every weekend for a month. I look forward to reporting back on how the kids enjoyed their month of music and drama. A great educational as well as entertainment experience for them.
I felt among friends tonight. Dan comes across as a total hippie! I wished we could have just invited him and his friends back to the house, cracked open cold drinks and sat around chatting about music and travel on the porch. I’m sure he would approve of home education! But sadly, I’ll never have a chance to actually know. But at least I’ve got his music, hopefully the kids will remember the night and who knows, maybe it will be the start of something special for Edward.
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