A late breaking report from the Front Porch Library:
We were a small group; just Klark, Olivia, Astrid, Vivienne and me, but it was good to have some of our normal weekly craziness amidst the more general and scary craziness.
For a change I made a sort-of pizza in place of the usual cheese melts (it was sort-of because I had no mozzarella and had to use cheddar). It was surprisingly okay.
The project for the day was staging an “acquisitions meeting.” That’s what they do at publishing houses when deciding whether to acquire a title. In our case we had been given a stack of picture books for our review. All our kids were older than the target audience, but they took the job quite seriously, evaluating things like cover design, rhymes and repetitions, the overall message of the book.
Then we made a few rhymes of our own (the books had main characters who were things like clocks and goats–both words with good rhymes.
Here is one we wrote for that rarely seen creature, the crocoduck.
The crocoduck sat in the muck
He took a suck
of that horrible muck
and then said yuck.
After, we shot hoops in the street and created a pet food store, which mostly involved cutting up grass, grinding the end of a rotting log to pulp, scraping a piece of chalk to dust, mixing them all together and calling them pet food.
The cake was German chocolate, decorated tastefully by Olivia. Then the dads came and eventually pried the kids loose with Astrid and Vivienne begging to be allowed to have dinner together.
An especially fine gathering at the FPL.
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Today was a field trip day for the Front Porch Library. We went to Seepersaud Studios on Tennessee Street to hang out with Chris Seepersaud (aka Seep). He gave us a hands-on tour of his rooms full of instruments. Vivienne was particularly taken with the sitar. “This is my dream,” she said softly. The sound of a sitar is so different from the instrument we all know so well, the guitar (of which there were many hanging on the wall).
Olivia tried out a twelve string, a mandolin, an electric guitar. O is learning to play guitar so she could do more than just plunk the strings.
Brianna sang into the mike backed up by Seep on the keyboard. Klark drummed.
We made noise and almost-music in two downstairs studios, then went up the winding stairs to the attic where the drum kit is–and the recording studio. Watching the music go by as bands on a computer screen was a first for the kids. O is ready to learn how to do it herself.
Seepersaud Studios is a local treasure, a place to take vocal lessons or lessons on nearly any instrument. Just in case you have an itch to make music, check them out at seepersaudstudios.com.
After our field trip we came back to home base and ate cookies… ran around…created mayhem. You know…the usual. Another fine FPL gathering.