Top 16 Bust a Move
It’s been an action-packed 24 hours, so this post is a bit of a hodgepodge.
In no particular order, here are the highlights.
1) We are the proud owners of the newly released Beatles anthology (Stereo). Since The Beatles: Rockband landed on our doorstep several weeks ago for Chad to review, we’ve been living in a modern-day Beatlemania. The kiddo is offically obsessed with The Beatles, and insists on singing as “John” all the time. Funny, I seem to remember calling dibs on that when the game was first announced, but my four year old somehow muscled her way in. She has about 10 songs down pat, and basically wants us to play them over and over again. Lots of “Yellow Submarine”, “Octopus’ Garden”, “Hello, Goodbye”, “And My Bird Can Sing”, and her all time fave “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Heart’s Club Band.” The game is fantastic–I highly recommend it. Oh, and the 45th song is “Let it Be” “All You Need is Love” (oops).
So, to add to our Beatledom, Chad picked up the completely remastered box set of all of The Beatles’ albums. I’m fully expecting her teacher to report that she is leading the class in singalongs of “Altogether Now”.
Which leads me to point number two:
2) The kid started Junior Kindergarten today. I painstakingly picked out an outfit, did her hair, and packed her backpack. I took photos, shot video of her getting out of the car, and walked her into her class with my heart in my mouth. She then ran to the rug for circle time and barely waved as I walked out of the room. It was probably the least dramatic JK initiation in the history of JK. Tomorrow she starts her second JK class. I’m guessing it will be about as traumatic as today’s. All good news.
3) Last night I got to go to a taping of So You Think You Can Dance Canada. It was the boot-off episode (it’s called “elimination episode” in polite circles), so much shorter than the dance taping. It was a great experience, and makes me eat some of my “it’s a boring season” words. Seeing something live is always more exciting and dramatic than on TV. It’s also a real wakeup call in regards to how incredibly young these dancers are. I was surrounded by students at the dance school where Jenna Lynn (the girl who was eliminated last night). They were devistated when she got kicked off and it was a bit heart wrenching to see her cry onstage. She’s 18. I don’t even want to think about what I was like when I was 18.
A few other notes: Jean Marc is really wee. So small. Tre Armstrong is drop dead gorgeous. Leah Miller looks better in real life than on TV and was wearing a stunning dress last night. Nicolas shouldn’t have been booted off–his solo was even better in person than on TV. And finally, TV really is magic. The stage is actually tiny, and the crowd wasn’t huge, but watching it on TV later, I marvelled at the clever camera work used to make the studio look gigantic and the crowd massive.
Overall, a great show. Thanks to Rene S. for helping me get tickets.
I’ve got to run. The kid is now performing “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds” using a Light Sabre as a microphone, and needs me to back her up with a tambourine. Good thing I’m on vacation this week.