Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Life is Like a Musical

It has occurred to me many times over the last week that I haven't posted, but until this moment I haven't had a chance to write when my mind was actually somewhat uncluttered.

As is typical of our household, life has been a whirlwind of late. Brendan was on spring break last week and we stayed busy indoors for most of the week thanks to the pollen. Both boys had asthmatic episodes and required albuterol at various times.

We did manage to make it out to the Fernbank Natural History Museum. It was, in a word, AWESOME! You know...if you're a little geeky and love dinosaurs and 9 ft. tall giant sloths that have been extinct for several tens of thousands of years. Brendan and I had a ball. I bought a family membership and I am so glad I did. I can't wait to go back with him. I loved the Argentinosaurus (Hello, World's Biggest Dinosaur discovered by scientists from Atlanta's own museum!), while Brendan was a fan of Gigantasaurus, who looked a lot like a T-Rex.

Friday night I went with my friend Barrett to see the world premiere of big, the new ballet staged by the Atlanta Ballet and Big Boi, aka, Antwan Patton. I feel very honored to have been invited. Barrett has season tickets to the ballet and her seats are excellent – sixth row, just left of the orchestra pit. I can't say that I know anything about dance. I enjoy watching it, but I've never, ever, not once, been moved or emotionally touched by a dance performance until now. I found myself crying twice during this ballet. The first act was beautiful, lyrical, stirring, awe-inspiring. The principal dancer, Tara Lee, moved like the most graceful creature I've ever seen. She didn't seem human in her grace. I found the second act less moving and harder to follow. What I found the most moving of all perhaps was the bringing together of different ages, classes, and races for this performance. Hopefully, it will open the world of ballet to a larger audience and make it more accessible to those of us who feel like we know nothing about dance. At the same time, I think it's neat to bring modern music to the ears of those who might otherwise not be exposed to it or condemn it all as garbage, like the nearly 90-year old lady who sat in front of us. I didn't see a single person get up and leave mid-performance and I feared I might.

Big Boi's band was amazing, by the way.

On Saturday night, we drove up to Athens to hear our friend Mark's band. They were really good, although I wish we had gotten to hear more from their new singer. She has a really nice voice, but was definitely under utilized.

After all that fun and excitement and between the pollen and sitting outside in the cold on Saturday night, I have ended up with another sinus infection. I look like death warmed over, to the point that Brendan told me on Monday that he doesn't like me anymore because he doesn't like the way I look. I wasn't entirely sure how to react to that and chose to ignore it. Although I quite agree with him. I don't really like the way I look right now either. Or feel for that matter.

Here's to being well, focused, and happy. I wish that for all of you who may read this as well as for myself and my family.


Jen said...

Wow--sounds like you've been busy! I'm glad you were able to squeeze in some culture and some fun for yourself--you deserve it!

Aleta said...

I've never been to a dance performance and cried either, so I imagine it must have been an incredible sight! I love music and wish the New Orleans Theatre was back up to par, but since Katrina.. well, enough said.

I hope you feel better soon! Aren't children funny with their honesty? Lol

Suz said...

You MUST make a trip to Charleston during Spoleto one year! You can see fabulous music, dance, opera, theatre, all in one city within 3 weeks. It's a world-class festival and I am already excited about our trip down there for Memorial Day, during which we'll see the Boston Ballet and a jazz performance outdoors at the College of Charleston. Check it out at!

merlotmom said...

I heard a piece on NPR about the ballet and was so curious about it.
I totally want to see it if it comes to LA.

rennratt said...

The ballet sounds intruiging.

I'm glad that you were able to go.

And Brendan's comment? WOW.

This is the worst allergy season in years, I think. You're keeping sinus infections; my friend is "addicted" to strep throat, and I have been coughing uncontrollably for the past 45 days!

Feel better!

mombloggerJ said...

I love ballet and have always wished I could dance so gracefully. . .watching others do it well is the next best thing.

Thanks for your comment on my blog and the heads up on the dog site. I thought the whole thing sounded a little weird, too but decided to give it a shot. Oh, well! Howdy from St. Louis, Missouri!