You know how I told you Owen is in love with Elmo? Well that love affair pales in comparison with the newest love in his life…
The other day we had to do an extra breathing treatment before bed to treat Owen’s pneumonia. I turned on the tv ready to put on a DVRed episode of “Sid the Science Kid”. When I turned on the tv, though, a concert of Andrea Bocelli singing opera in Central Park was on. Owen’s jaw literally dropped open. He froze. He gazed at the tv silently, in a trance.
“Do you want to watch this instead of a show?”
“That’s Andrea Bocelli. He’s singing opera.”
“Ahhhh” (he sang a quiet soprano note imitating the opera singer in the sweetest little airy voice)
Owen was mesmerized for the entire length of a breathing treatment. He whined when I turned it off. He picked up the remote and handed it back to me. “Pees? Ahhh. Mo! Mo!”. Please? Opera. More opera.
Now THIS is a love affair I can get behind. Although I’m a little sick of how many times we’ve heard this particular concert already, the songs are gorgeous. And for a music nerd like myself, who knows almost every word to almost every Broadway musical, studied voice for several years and performed in every show I could find from Gilbert & Sullivan to Sondheim to Andrew Lloyd Weber to Cole Porter, I can totally appreciate the music. And, hey, the picture moves slowly (bonus for babies) and it has given us the opportunity to talk about conductors and choirs and singers and music and orchestras. These are a few of my favorite things.
So now the question is, where can I find concert DVD’s of more performances that are equally as beautiful and calm and serene as this one, but with no commercials? It kind of sucks to have to fast forward through the commercials and commentary.
Has your child ever been totally into something generally not for kids?
P.S. Thank you for all of your kind words (and, ahem, sympathetic laughter) on Friday’s post. Last week was nutty, but we’re doing our best to break the cycle of crazies. We’ve had a really nice weekend and Owen is recovering well from his latest fight with pneumonia. He even slept until 6:30am this morning, and so did I! Much needed rest for both of us.