Gopnik speculates that early childhood prepares us for both the appreciation and creation of art: imaginary play among children hones the ability to entertain counterfactuals—the alternative worlds out of which art, and invention of any sort, are primarily made. It requires discipline to stay in the imaginary role one has assumed, to project psychologically what it means to be a mother, a firefighter, a soldier, a prisoner. If it doesn’t feel real, the game falls apart. Imaginary play is a rehearsal for understanding the minds and intentions of others, a basic survival skill.
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Posted by Gillies on February 20, 2010
I caught some live music today: Rocknoceros, a band that has recently “dominated the Washington, DC children’s music scene.” Guitar player was decent – on one number, he did the routine where you sing along with your solo, only he did it with a kazoo. Sounded awesome, seriously.
I’m sure loads has been written on this, but I bet it isn’t easy for musicians to transition into the kiddo music scene. I seem to remember Dan Zanes saying one reason he he did it because he was sick of singing songs about old girlfriends.
Also, I guess I’d rather play a packed synagogue full of screaming fans on a Sunday morning than a half empty, smoky ass bar at 11pm.
Anyway, here’s a clip of Rocknoceros doing a song about a purple turtle.
Posted by Gillies on November 22, 2009
Today, I collected a bunch of bits and pieces, but free time is in tight supply. Here’s an excerpt from a nice AP story on a certain quartet from Vermont:
That means lots of kids backstage — seven in the Phish family so far, most of them on tour — and not so much the hundreds of hangers-on who had snowballed out of control through the years. As Anastasio likes to point out, there were 3,500 people on the guest list at their “farewell” show in 2004. At the reunion show this year, there were 10 — “and seven of them were under the age of 13.”
Posted by Gillies on October 29, 2009
Well, it wasn’t much of a weekend for blogging. Supplies of free time ran out very quickly.
As a follow on to last night’s post, here’s a video featuring FBdN son #2 taking a keen interest in the Yamaha acoustic. Now, I don’t post this to suggest he’s a budding Yngwie – the guitar did indeed seem to fascinate him, but that probably would have held true for a paper shopping bag or a Deer Park water jug.
Posted by Gillies on September 20, 2009