Friday, November 6, 2009

Primitive music skills

Inspired by Ireland, our family Christmas  party this year will be a ceilidh.  More about that later.

I was talking about Christmas tunes with my son who admitted he was practicing Jingle Bells.

As soon as he said that, I realized that whenever that song was mentioned, I always flashed back to a time in my childhood.  I remember a kid's xylophone - it may not have been mine - that I played.  It had colored metal strips similar to this photo that I have 'borrowed'.  Each strip had a number on it and there was a paper with the music for about three songs.  When I say music, it was just the numbers.  So, now whenever I hear Jingle Bells, I'm imagining my younger self pounding out the melody with the wooden mallet: 333, 333...

So, back to the ceilidh.  We thought it would be fun for everyone to bring whatever instruments they had (and their respective abilities to play them) and just jam.  There'll be kids of all ages - we're really all kids - and a great assortment of instruments.  Keyboards, penny whistles, harmonicas, a drum, ukelele, guitars and some amazing singing talents.  Maybe a flute and, for sure, an electric bass.

We don't have a big old farmhouse but I predict some dancing...

This will not be the quietest house on the street for this night!


J Diva said...


Angie said...

That's a great idea! Jingle Bells all the way. I gave my newest granddaughter one of these last year.

Mimi said...

Well good on you, Stephanie! It will be fun!
I remember ceilidhs at my grandparents' house when I was a little one, and it was just us kids, my grandfather, singing, playing a bit...but it was fun, and my grandfather LOVED it, as did my mother.
Can't wait to hear all about it!

deb said...

Don't forget an ugly stick!


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