For the last week or so I was letting Katie watch Herbie Hancock music performances on YouTube.
While being a freelance writer does not always pay well, you do fortunately get some perks every once in a while.
This weekend we were lucky enough to go to the Herbie Hancock concert which is part of the Ventura Music Festival.
"Mama, who is this?"
"It's Herbie Hancock honey."
"Who's Herbie Hancock"
"Just watch, he's the man playing the piano."
At least a half a dozen times she sat down at the computer and we had a similar conversation which always included the statement, "Who's Herbie Hancock?"
Usually Katie is a sponge. Most things I say -- especially those things I don't want her to hear -- she remembers (and repeats back in the most inconvenient of times of course).
So, I was a little concerned.
photo from VC Star
At the concert Katie and I are looking at the musicians on stage.
"Do you see the man with the bass guitar?"
"Do you see the man on the drums? And, the man playing the piano."
"Mom," she says in a patronizing voice, "That's Herbie Hancock."
I want music to be a positive element in their lives. I'm not a musician, and don't want to force my kid to play an instrument. But, I hope they do.
Right now I'm trying to keep the whole music concept very fun.
How do you incorporate music in your household? Do your kids play instruments? When did they start?