Wednesday, December 3, 2008

12 Jigs of Christmas

I'm off and running. Marathon training is nicely underway. Everything feels good so far and I'll soon have more to say about that.

You may know that my home is full of music. It is non-stop music from morning to night - whether it's Sammy hammering the piano, Chris and Jon dawdling on any number of instruments or the CD player rattling the kitchen walls, there is always something playing in the background or foreground. I love it.

Chris and Jon played a set of Christmas tunes last weekend at the Waldorf School Christmas Fair. To prepare for the 1 hour set, the guys selected a few favourites and put them together as medleys. I love that they work out their own arrangements - really make the tunes their own. Yes friend, music is not necessarily a bunch of black dots on a page. It's an interpretive dance of sorts.

What' cool is that Chris & Jonny asked me to upload and share a few of these handmade medleys with you. So, I am pleased to offer "The 12 Jigs of Christmas". That's right, there will be 11 more of these gems leading up to Christmas Day.

This is like having you in for coffee. We're set up in the den around the woodstove. Ben and Sam are noodling around with toys, the dog is barking at the guinea pig, there's stuff everywhere. This is real life. Welcome to it.

15 comments:

Marlene said...

That's wonderful! I love a musical house. Sadly, nobody in my family has any musical sense, so it's always coming from the CD player, but my house is filled with festive tunes.

Thanks for welcoming us in your home. :)

jeff said...

you're having SO much fun there, robb! the smiles and the looks, you can tell how much you enjoy the interaction and how proud of your boys you are. awesome stuff. make sure the kids know how much we enjoy and appreciate the videos!

Melanie said...

That's amazing, and reminds me so much of home! My mom's side of the family is very musical, and music filled our home for years! I'm far from them now, but thanks for the trip down memory lane! You should be very proud :)

Backofpack said...

Christmas presents from the Cusak family! How cool is that?

I love the little guys playing (and yawning) in the foreground. Thank you so much for sharing!

I Run for Fun said...

That is so great. You have a wonderful family. My mom's side of the family is musical too, so when we visited my grandparents, there was always a lot of music.

X-Country2 said...

That's awesome! What a wonderful family. Everyone is so talented.

Anne said...

There's so much love in that house -- it's wonderful to witness it, even from thousands of miles away while at work. Love how you guys got "jiggy" with the classics.

Nikki said...

This is so fantastic! What a blessing to have such musical talent and be surrounded by it all the time. Thanks for sharing!

justrun said...

Aww, you're right. I DO need to visit.

Alexandra said...

What a musical home you have! That is so nice!

So you have started your marathon training. I am thinking mine will start the end of January. Or maybe I should reconsider and kick it into motion sooner!

RunnerMom said...

Wow, I DO feel like I was spending time in your home! That was wonderful--thanks for sharing. I loved the Amazing Grace at the beginning. You all are certainly blessed musically!

Darrell said...

Awesome stuff Robb. I will keep those tunes humming around my head in Memphis, smilin' all the while.

craig said...

It's great seeing you have such a great time with your kids. I would never have thought of playing "What Child is This? as a jig. Or Amazing grace on harmonics. So cool. When do we get the next installment?

Sonia said...

Wow!! That sounds so good =) What a talented family you have! At the beginning when your dog barked, mine went a little crazy here!

movin' down the road said...

I'm serious when I say I want to come visit. Your household is incredible. I love this. If J is home in April, we have a week of vacation, maybe we'll take a drive north. Ya'll can jam. (I'll um, sing, since my guitar lessons are on pause at the moment)

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