Monday, January 23, 2012

mama mondays: there's a new band in town

Before I go on with the rest of my post, I just have to say, boy has it been cold here. You only get sun dogs when it's really, really cold. Here's one from earlier this week:

Yeah, so our nice little winter has turned fierce, but there are plenty of other things warming my heart these days. The least of which was a phone call Friday night. "Is Nick there?" said the woman on the other end. "I have someone here who would like to talk to him about getting together to practice for their band."

Before we let the boys make their plans, we moms chatted a little bit. Turns out this has been in the works a few days now, but I'd missed the mommy memo.

The band already has a name -- Devils Lake. Those of you living in our region know this as the name of a North Dakota city. I learned later that Nick had thought of the name while watching the weather forecast with his father. When he heard "Devils Lake," he said, "That's what I want my band to be named."

Of course, I'm sure Troy was thinking, The Band That He'll Have Someday. But no, Nick had something more immediate in mind. So, the two first-graders plotted and set up their first practice session.

A few minutes after setting it up, I heard a strange sound come from the room near where I was chuckling about Nick's new band. "Are you okay?" I asked, thinking it was a piercing cry. "Yeah, just excited," he said. Apparently in trying to stay calm, he let out a happy squeal; thus the strange sound.

So, here we go. Six years old and already seeking the rock and roll stage. Although...apparently some of the band members won't have their gear until next Christmas, because they don't have any cash of their own so they have to wait to ask for it from Santa. That's how Nick got his electric guitar.

And by the way, from what we've heard, Santa would not have followed through on the request for a Dean Baby ML unless there was a true showing of promise as a future guitarist. We, too, don't think it's just for show; Nick's interest and quick learning has surprised us. For now, we're going with it.

I just hope he's not too disappointed when things don't happen as quickly as he imagines. After all, it's going to be a while before he's going to be able to play Downtown. But why not get a head start on things?

So, Devils Lake, let's see what you can do!

Nick and friend "JackJack" pose for first-ever "Devils Lake" band photo. Watch out world!
Q4U: What talents have your seen and encouraged in your children, or other small people in your care?


Mary Aalgaard, Play off the Page said...

That's so cool. It's fun to see our kids grab something and run with it!

Marie said...

I'm going to steal your word here. This is precious! I love, love, love it. It's so neat that he's excited about music (clearly, he takes after his parents).

When I taught piano, I could always tell the difference between a child forced by his parents to take lessons, and a truly interested student. The kids who were really excited about learning attended lessons with a grin and played and practiced without being told to.

Good luck, Devils Lake! Don't forget about me when you're famous. :)

Vicky said...

So cute! Look out, the groupies will come next :) I love the name of the band- its actually very clever and I rather enjoy it. Love to see kids using their imagination, and you've captured it in all it's glory!

Kim said...

One of the greatest joys in my life is seeing one of my children discover a passion/talent. Our oldest daughter had an art talent, so every "gift" occasion there were lots of pencils, paints, papers, etc. She currently is attending college in Montana in an architect program. Our son was more athletically, so every "gift" occasion for him was a ball, glove, bat, etc. Our youngest daughter is gifted in art and writing--time will tell how she uses her gifts. Thanks for this great post!