Thursday, October 09, 2008

Some musical stuff from recent times

On Monday night, Joel conducted his High School Orchestra concert. It was very good, except, I brought all three girls with me, so I didn't enjoy it quite as much as I might have. I really do like to bring them with me to such events as we are a musician family, and it is always good to teach them concert etiquette while they're young.

Sophie may still be a bit too young, however.

We were running a tad late, as usual, so we arrived at the auditorium just as Joel's baton went down on the opening number. So, we waited out in the foyer and came in during the applause. That's when Sophie realized that Daddy was there! Up there! On the stage!

And she yelled in her loudest voice! "Daddy! Hi Daddy! Daddy, Daddy! Daddy, Mom! Hi Daddy!" ad nauseum. Joel was at that moment trying to speak to the audience about the next piece, and finally had to say, "Yes, that is my daughter." And I had to take her out.

Luckily, Bria and Chloe are champion concert goers, and they do a good job of staying quiet, even if I have to go out with the baby. Okay, so she's not a baby. She's a two year old. Whatever.

While out in the foyer, I talked to Sophia a lot about how to act if we went back in, and she did a fabulous job of staying still and quiet for the remainder of the concert. Mostly. She'll have the etiquette totally down by the time she's four.

On another musical note, the podcast of my performance with Jackie is up on the Orchestra of Southern Utah website. I can't really figure out how to link the actual podcast, so here's what you need to do:

Click on this link, which will take you to the Orchestra of Southern Utah Podcast page.

Scroll down until you see the little box thingamjig that you listen from (please let me know if it has a more technical name than that!).

Choose the podcast entitled "OSU Recital: Making Music Together"


We are very last in the recital, and if it downloads fast enough for you, (it doesn't for me, but I have a slooooooooooooooow computer) you can fast forward to about 34 minutes. I am the mezzo (lower voice) in all 4 numbers, and am the opening singer on the three first pieces....just so you can recognize my singing. :) Also, I biffed the middle section a little in the last one (Lakme Flower Song). Sigh. Overall, it was a great performance, though.

The other performers are very good, as well, if you want to listen to the whole thing. I especially liked the U2 meets Pachelbel's Canon performance.

Happy Thursday!
Lara Neves
Lara Neves

Lara is mom to three daughters—two teens and a tween. She loves to share her parenting and homemaking triumphs and failures here at Overstuffed! She was diagnosed with Lyme disease in 2015 and has been fighting it ever since. When she isn't working on her mother of the year award, you can find her reading, singing, or taking photos.


  1. Although I was considering never commenting again since I didn't win...
    I feel your pain.
    One time the mascot danced during one of Drew's concerts and now EVERY 3 minutes Spencer asks if the bear's gonna come dance this time.

  2. If you weren't on ignore, I would tell you how cute that story about Sophie was ;D

  3. Ah, kids. They sure do spice things up in our lives, don't they?

    I'm clicking over to listen to the music right now!

  4. It's beautiful! I really wish I had a singing voice.

  5. Absolutely beautiful. I've got chills! You have a stunning voice—thank you for sharing it with us.

  6. I can totally picture Sophia yelling out to Joel. So cute!

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  8. HEHE. That would have been my child too. I must say Joel handled it very well.

  9. wow. you ladies rocked the house. awesome stuff!!