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Rock Star Weekend

The RockStar had a busy weekend (which means we did too).  Many dance classes & rehearsals (recital in two weeks), confirmation today with attendant events last night and afterwards today….lots of homework…and in between all of that, performing at State Solo and Ensemble competition, in a quartet with three friends.

(I have a bit more to tell you about Sock Camp, but family — obviously! — and work obligations have been interfering.  But I needed to share this with you first…)

On this glorious spring day yesterday:

the RockStar and her friends stood up in front of a judge and a few others in a recital hall at University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, and sang Billy Joel’s “Lullabye”, a cappella.

It gave me goose bumps.  And I don’t think it was just because I was the mother of one of the singers.

So I want to share it with you.

(The judge seemed to share my opinion. They earned the highest score.)

The RockStar Reloaded

Exactly one month ago today, The RockStar (my teenage daughter) had her 14th birthday — part of the impetus for the RenFest trip of a month ago, as a matter of fact.

(She got knitwear for her birthday: chullo surprise, surprise!

Actually, she really really wanted a chullo hat, so was delighted.  And I confess that she did get some other things, also.)

It’s a big year for her: first year of high school, including high school show choir.  Three roles in the Nutcracker this year, including a brand new role with new choreography, and also she’s understudying a fourth role.  She continues as the lead singer with her alternative ‘garage’ band, which gave her her name on my blog.  In fact, they played the weekend after her birthday, at our church block party, and they are really getting very good.

waiting-for-sunday-plus-ran

Waiting For Sunday“.

(No, not a Christian band; they often rehearse on Sundays, hence the name.)

bridge bass-solo

rarity pulse-of-the-band guitar-solo

(Click to embiggen if you wish.) These musicians have worked hard on their own for three years….a huge length of time at this age. And now they’re not only doing cover songs quite well, they’re performing originals….words and music by The RockStar, and arranged by the band.

Like this:

This mom is impressed, anyway.

Hallelujah

So, last night, The RockStar had another milestone: first big high school dance.

Homecoming.

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Homecoming-3

Awww.

Fourteen years have flown by.  I suspect the next four will go even faster.  Sigh.

R is for Rock Star

Probably the Former Preteen’s new nickname.

(Before anyone asks – NOT a real tattoo!)

She and her band performed 7 (!) songs beautifully last night, at the church block party.  Because of Rain, the performance moved indoors, to the large multipurpose-type room (where the small children’s games had also been moved).  I’m not sure the little people or their parents were quite ready for the hard Rock, though any profanity in the songs was cleaned up before singing.  (Actually, I heard reports of small ones dancing to the music!)

This kid has talked and sung into mics at her father’s studio since she was about three, and it shows.  Plus, she definitely got her father’s performer genes.  She introduced the band and each song, and seemed totally comfortable up there, whether talking or singing her heart out.

I didn’t take any videos last night, though others did.  I’ll let you know if any are put up on YouTube.  The band closed with “Holiday” by Green Day, though, which I did film earlier on my camera, when it was their only ready-for-prime-time song.

These guys have worked hard, all on their own, for a year.  It’ll be a challenge keeping it up, as three of the band members are now in high school and even busier with H.S. activities; the RockStar has three roles in the Nutcracker Ballet, which leads to great busy-ness, in addition to volleyball and Show Choir plus dance class and assorted other things; and it’s going to be harder to communicate, coordinate and practice when band members are split between different schools.  But if they want it to happen, it will.

Edited to add:  The RockStar wanted me to put up the ‘other’ band picture instead, so here it is.

Hmm, the RockStar’s School Colors fingerless mitts are virtually done (should be finished today).  (I’ll show them to you when they are finito.)  If the boys in the band are anything like my musician husband, I bet the band members would like fingerless mitts too (basic black, of course) — sized snugly and made short so that one can wear them while playing.  (In fact, at least one or two of the above boys are in HS marching band; those practices can get chilly as they prepare for the big Oktoberfest parade!)

I wish there was a me that could just knit!  (And blog, and be on Ravelry, and go to fiber festivals….) I have so many things I want and need to do in the knitting realm!  Wendy’s Diamonds and Purls shawl has a bit more tinking then I can get back on track, and will soon be to the edging once I recover from my boo-boo.  I want to finish Swan Lake, as I made so much progress on it during the Ravelympics, and now I’m to the more straightforward part, which is very do-able.  And there are Christmas presents in my head wanting to get out and be knit.  Not to mention finishing writing up the Hat with no Name pattern (with names!) once the test knitting phase is done, and writing up the Coulee Shawl pattern after reknitting it with modifications, and still I’ve promised to write up the Wedding Pi shawl (that will take a chunk of time).  Then there are a couple design projects in my head that need to be swatched and worked out.  And I still have promised to knit “Heere Be Dragone” for the Gothlet, though I already warned her I would probably only be able to start it after Christmas (her birthday’s in February….)

And every skein of yarn I fondle triggers another idea, another project in my head.

I need a knitting clone!  Or a different lifestyle.  Or both….

Well, at least I can knit at the RockStar’s concerts!