Should have said this yesterday…

With all the 100th anniversary of the Rite of Spring mentions going around, I want to share my favorite experience with the piece.

In December 2009, the first winter we lived in Michigan, we took my then-4-year-old daughter Daria to see the Nutcracker in Midland (a merger between the Midland Symphony and the Grand Rapids Ballet). To prep Daria, I hauled out my VHS of Fantasia and we watched it. She wanted to watch parts of it again and again so for about a month we sort of steeped in Fantasia (and taught Daria about using tapes).

As we were getting ready to go to Midland, I asked Daria if she wanted to take some music for the car (Midland is about 45 minutes away). I asked if she wanted to listen to the Nutcracker because we were going to Midland to see it. “You know,” I said, “the stuff from Fantasia? We are going to go see it now.”

Daria shouted, with much excitement, “THE DINOSAUR MOVIE!”

Daria was a bit disappointed when I told her no, we were seeing the fairy/mushroom/flower stuff. So we listened to the Rite on the way there. And on the way back.

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One Comment

  1. Christian Gentry
    Posted May 30, 2013 at 10:56 am | Permalink

    I love this. Parenting win!

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