I'm trying really hard to not be sad that we filmed our entire recital on "grid" mode...so instead of a beautiful full-picture view of our recital we captured everything. It's fun, I suppose, that we'll get to watch our audience's reaction (since we couldn't see them from where we were performing) but...it's simply not the finished product I'd hoped for.
Luckily we filmed our "dress rehearsal" this afternoon, so we have that.
I'm still not pleased that I'm still half in pyjamas (dress rehearsal, Nancy, come on!) and there were a few other mishaps that we ironed out before the recital (as well as a few that we did not manage to iron out (and even then we managed to add some new mishaps to the recital because we are nothing if ingenious)), but...it's better than the video we got from the recital so I'm glad we have it.
If we try this again in the future (and we probably will—even after the pandemic is over (it's going to be over at some point, right?!)—because we live far away from our loved ones and they tend to miss out on this sort of thing) we'll do a lot of things differently. Like, for example, we realized that we probably should have simply streamed our concert on YouTube and then met up with people in a Zoom call after...or something. But, live and learn, right?
We had a sizable crowd show up, with friends and family tuning in from Idaho, Hawaii, Ontario, British Columbia, Utah, Illinois, Alberta, Georgia, California. Even our next-door neighbours "came"!
Without further ado, here's our 2020 Christmas Recital...
Zoë introduces herself saying this:
"I’m Zoë and I started piano lessons in May. Today I am going to play Good King Wenceslas, Jolly Old St. Nicholas, Jingle Bells, We Three Kings of Orient Are, Up on the Housetop, Hark! The Herald Angels Sing, and The First Noël. I wanted to play even more songs but my mom said I couldn’t. My favourite piece is The First Noël because Noël means Christmas and the E has two dots above it just like in my name! I also like it because it sounds beautiful."
The older kids had to do some research on one of their chosen songs/composers. Here's what Benjamin had to say:
"I’m Benjamin and I am going to play Deck the Halls, Silent Night, and O Come All Ye Faithful. My favourite piece is Deck the Halls because it’s a traditional Welsh Christmas tune. The lyrics were written by Thomas Oliphant, a Scotsman, with the fa-la-la-la line mimicking the madrigals of the 16th and 17th century. "
"I burned the fingers on my left hand by picking up a pan that I didn’t know was still hot, so I am being very brave by playing today."
He nodded, still screaming and writhing, cradling his left hand.
I really wish that we had gotten a good video of Zoë singing during the recital because for more than one song she was closing her eyes and belting out the lyrics. She likes to close her eyes while she does things to prove that she's doing them from memory (she will often insist on showing people how she can play her piano songs with her eyes closed as well). Her singing was very cute and very funny (I almost started laughing when I saw her squeezing her eyes shut), but this eyes-open recording will have to do.
Thank you to everyone who watched! It was lovely to "see" you!