16 March 2011

"So Many out-of-the-way-things Had Happened Lately..."

For, you see, so many out-of-the-way-things had
happened lately that Alice had begun
t0 think that very few things indeed
were really impossible.
~Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland~

Last weekend Ty participated for the
first time with the Pipeband he belongs
(Wearing their new casual hats with the
name of the band inscribed on them.)

Here, Ryan "schools" Ty on how to wear his
'hose.' What a nice group of people! They
were joking with him by saying "Now that
you can play the bagpipes...the next thing we
need to teach you is how to SIT in a kilt!"

The director of the band, Matt Hirsch, is the fellow
in the front row with the green hat on. His wife,
Amy is the gal playing the drums...last one
in the middle row. Matt is also Kris and
Ty's private bagpipe teacher. They just have
the best time with him. Lots of fun...

Remember. From this...

...to this. Awesome.

Only by going too far can one possibly
find out how far one can go.
~Reuben Bajada~

Interesting to observe what was,
for me, a new musical forum.

Matt checking to see if each
set of pipes is in tune.

(Ty...middle row, third one in.)

If you will do what most people won't, for the next
couple of years, you can do what most people
can't do for the rest of your life.
~T. Harv Eker~

Each "routine" contains a particular set
of songs. This one includes Scotland
the Brave...a.k.a. Praise to the Man
by some. :)

"The Queen" of the Sonora Celtic Faire.

A film crew from National Geographic was at
the faire filming the Western United States
Ultimate Jousting Competition for a new
reality T.V. series called Knights of Mayhem.
(The Knight in black was the current U.S. champion.)

The film crew got what they came for...
plenty of drama, injuries, and individuals
that were hospitalized. The whole thing was
a bit disturbing to me, personally. Reminded
me of when we attended a bull fight in Spain.

...For, you see, so many out-of-the-way
things had happened lately....

Chase made it to Brasil and already has several
students that he is teaching/tutoring in English.
Some of his students include an international
business lawyer, a married couple that
are both physicians, some school kids, and two girls
he was hired to just sort of "follow around" for two
hours every day correcting and helping them
with their conversational English.

(Pictured with Chase is Diego, an exchange student
from Quito, Ecuador. They live in the same building.
Diego has been a helpful to Chase by showing
him around and helping Chase get
acclimated to his new surroundings.)

In front of the State Courts.

Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco California.

For Christmas we gifted a few family members
tickets to the symphony. Last weekend we
enjoyed Mendelssohn's Italian Symphony and
A Midsummer Night's Dream.

...so many out-of-the-way things
had happened lately...

Ty, on bended knee asks his sister, Abby Falke
to prom. No, in reality they are not genetically linked,
but they are brother and sister just the same.
Who could resist a scoop of Baskin Robbins ice cream?
Ty will really miss his sweet buddy when she
heads off to the big BYU in Provo next year.

One of Anne Marie's little autistic babes. She
loves working with these little children.

Her current status:
*Accepted to George Washington Univ. (Washington, D.C.)
*Accepted to Massachusetts General Hospital,
Institute of Sciences. (Boston, MA.)
*Accepted to Emerson College. (Boston, MA.)
*On wait list for Boston University. (Boston, MA.)
(This is for graduate school in Speech and
Language Pathology.)

She and I will be taking a trip back east soon
to see these campuses and attend various
open houses for prospective incoming students.

For, you see, so many out-of-the-way things
had happened lately that [THE HYER'S]
had begun to think that very few things indeed
were really impossible.

Call sliced his finger open trying to create a new
notch on his belt. Only four stitches...but a week
later, it does appear there may be nerve damage.
He is actually seeing a specialist about it today.

Sometimes I think my life would make a
great T.V. movie. It even has the part
where they say "Standby...We are
experiencing temporary difficulties."
*For the full drama report go here.

El Capitan Reflection

Kris recently 'ran' up to Yosemite for one
more day of photos. Beautiful, aren't they?

Bridal Veil Falls with Flowing River

What is this life, if full of care, we have
no time to stand and stare?

~W.H. Davies~

01 March 2011

Not a Passing Phase

Ty, on Christmas morning/Birthday in
2005, we think. He had been asking for
bagpipes...and this was my pitiful attempt
to bring a moment of fun to what I
was sure was a "passing phase."

Everyone keeps asking "where did this thing for the
bagpipes come from?" Even Ty isn't exactly sure he
can put his finger on the reason for his desire to play
the pipes. As a musician myself, I've decided there
doesn't need to be a reason. I love to sing. It fills
a part of my soul that would be otherwise, empty. The
pipes are something Ty is passionate about. He,
loves to play the bagpipes and can often be found
scouring sites for new music while at the same time
listening to various bands, competitions, and events.
A mother's musical dream has come true:
She does not need to prod her child to practice.

Sunday morning.

I can't tell you how much fun
it is to watch this relationship deepen,
and to observe the discovery and
development of this whole "phase" progress.

If thy neighbor offend thee, give each
of his children bagpipes.
~Scottish Proverb~

Playing: The Rowan Tree

Are we not two volumes of one book?
~Marceline Des-Valmore~

Perfect caption...because these two quite
possibly could have been where the
phrase "two peas in a pod" originated.
Gotta love the purple and pink earplugs.

Ty received his bag with the name
of the local Pipeband he belongs
to inscribed on it.

Father and son putting on the new bag cover.

Twelve clansmen and one
bagpipe make a rebellion.
~Sir Walter Scott~

Ty came home from band practice last night
finally wearing his own kilt! Isn't it awesome?
Tell me...how many 16 year old guys do you know
that would find this as cool as he did? Below is a
video of him playing for us last night for the first
time in his kilt. Whoever can name the song,
instead of purchasing a star in your name from
one of those Star Observatory companies...
we'll have a planet named after you!
(He's been looking up music that is used
in the Nauvoo summer church pagaent.)

They only have nine notes. Just how difficult
could the pipes be to learn?
~Aspiring Piper~

So, why is it that this instrument really seems
to be no "passing phase" with him?
I will offer this: he is the great great great great
grandson of Matthew Rowan who was born in
Jordanhill Renfrew Scotland, in April, of 1827.
Perhaps his soul genuinely feels a pull
towards the Scottish Highlands!

(That's Anne Marie's voice you hear following
Ty's playing. She was 'watching' via
Facetime on the iphone. Crazy
that we can do such a thing.)

Kris and Ty love their teacher, Matt Hirsch.
For the Pipeband's website go here. Ty will be
participating with them
in the up-coming Sonora Celtic Faire.

Who woulda' thunk? We've had flute, piano,
voice, drums, piano, drums, piano, guitar, and piano
lessons in this family. This is a chapter
I never anticipated. What a kick.

Men are like bagpipes--no sound comes
from them until they're full.
~Irish Proberb~