Craftiness and singing rock songs

As I listened tonight to Moomin’s school choir singing “Mamma Mia”, “American Pie”, and “Do You Love Me (Now That I Can Dance)” very deer in the headlights and solemn, I wondered what strange choral adaptations of current pop songs will be popular 10 or 50 years from now. Maybe choirs of 3rd graders will be singing mashups and belting out “Upside Down and Dirty“. I’m just waiting for the “Smells Like Teen Spirit” xmas adaptation, maybe next year? Then it could be just like Eileen Gunn & Leslie What’s science fiction story about the psychic muties at Nirvana High.

Right at the end of Mamma Mia, a kid in the front row threw up explosively and very orangely. The show must go on! Thank god for small mercies… that he was in the front row and didn’t throw up all over someone else.


Meanwhile at Jo’s house I gathered up yarn and string and thread and craft things, origami paper, frame kits, without end. I thought of the string art, the popsicle sticks, yarn, the dioramas and boxes full of beads I used to make, the tubs full of scraps of fabric! There was so much of it, and so hard to keep in order. Jo’s daughter has gone beyond fooling around with the stuff and has actual skills, in quilting and origami and crocheting and knitting. I’m impressed with it!

As I sat there marvelling at it all, she came in the door and declared her goal for the next year or so is to try every kind of craft thing she doesn’t know how to do. I suggested decoupage… but she’s tried it. Maybe sanding and staining furniture would come in handy?

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5 Responses to Craftiness and singing rock songs

  1. Jelly says:

    i was at a school concert once where the grade fivers sang "gangsta's paradise" choir-style. unsettling? just a little.

  2. Christine says:

    I remember the year that our choir sang "Time After Time" and the marching band played "Puttin' on the Ritz!" Wondering how the color guard will choreograph to "Bringing Sexy Back."

  3. http://minnie.typepa says:

    glass cutting and stained glass. duh!

  4. elswhere says:

    Duct tape crafts are pretty cool. And duct tape turns out to be a very forgiving medium (which is good because I'm not that crafty). Maybe I can come visit and show off my duct-tape-rose-making skills. Or I bet Minnie knows how to make them since she *is* actually crafty.(Last year the big-kid choir at MG's school sang "Let Me Entertain You," which is a classic and a show tune and all, but what with the slow tempo it came out sounding really…well…sort of creepily dirty. Of course, it was originally sung by the main character in the show, who starts out a child Vaudeville performer and ends up a stripper. So I guess it was true to the source.)

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