Thursday, December 21, 2006

2 Things. Canolli and timpani's.

First may I share my lastest triumph? I have made my first canolli shells. How happy am I? (How'd I do Spadoman?)
This was in one of the recipes I googled and I had to share:

"(In Italian, the word cannolis doesn't exist - singular = cannolo and plural = cannoli: so one cannolo or two cannoli.) End of Italian lesson!"




Tonight was Johnny's Winter Concert and once again I had the IMMENSE pleasure of watching him play the timpani drums. He rocked! I loved it! Ahh, but he does not want to do band in school next year. He doesn't like that kind of music he says. I think I shall force him to do it. He will thank me in the end I think. What say you?


18 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I got excited there for a moment, I thought you said Johnny Winter's concert.

12/21/2006 08:54:00 PM  
Blogger JM said...

Congrats on the canolli shells, they look quite mouthwatering. And pardon me for misinterpreting, I thought this was the concert you saw; but the one you went to was I'm sure much better. And keep encouraging him to keep up with the school band; he can always branch out later but the skills and experience he's getting now can't be duplicated or replaced.

12/21/2006 08:57:00 PM  
Blogger Donnie McDaniel said...

If you force him, he may revolt against it. I know I hated the one year I did it. All because my brother was in the band. Then two years later, they gave us a test for choir and I flunked it on purpose. But those morons sent me to another school away from the friends for choir that I hated with a purple passion! I think I like playing the radio much better. ;)

12/21/2006 09:24:00 PM  
Blogger Mary said...

Willowtree and JM I can't believe I didn't catch that. Well I'm laughing now.

Donnie- He's been playing since the 4th grade. I hate to see him quit now. I mean is it just me or are the timpani's the most important sound in the orchestra? He can rock out at home on his drum set.

12/21/2006 09:44:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think I shall force him to do it. He will thank me in the end I think.
Realize the odds are exactly 50% he may hate it, and all music, for being forced. Maybe negotiate with him? A year off, then back to it? You're smart. You'll be ok.:)

12/22/2006 02:39:00 AM  
Blogger Coffee Messiah said...

Like WT I too thought that when 1st reading.
The shells look good and when will you be open for coffee & canollis?????
It's things like this I miss about NBeach in SF!
Cheers to you all! ; )

12/22/2006 05:11:00 AM  
Blogger Coffee Messiah said...

BTW, I was forced to be in Marching Band: Clarinet/Sax, but wanted to be in Jazz Band. My Dad always wanted to be in MB so, that's what I had to do.
I have a good story about MB but this might not be the place to share it.
I rebelled and was able to get out in my Senior year.
I regretted I was forced ; (
If he likes music at all, let him follow what he likes.
My son played guitar and likes all the music I've introduced him to. He ended up playing Heavy Metal.
I hear now he's playing Goth/New Age whatever that is. Fact is, he can play anything and do it well, but likes this for now.
Interesting.

12/22/2006 05:17:00 AM  
Blogger Carla said...

Mom forced me to do ballet and I will always be grateful for that. At the time I definitly didn't want to do it. I wanted to do things that the cool kids were doing. By the time I was 19 I realized how important all that classical training was for my theatre career and I am still not fond of a ballet class.

12/22/2006 06:58:00 AM  
Blogger Peacechick Mary said...

I was not aware that teens could be forced to do anything! It's sort of like herding cats. Did your son say what is nerdy about it or what he wants to do instead? You never know, there may be a hidden talent in another direction that is calling him to open that door. Dance, Drama, Sculpting,...

12/22/2006 08:14:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The first writing I've ever seen to incorporate cannoli and timpani in one place! Delicious food, fine looking (and sounding) young man.

Best to you all.

12/22/2006 09:50:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The first writing I've ever seen to incorporate cannoli and timpani in one place! Delicious food, fine looking (and sounding) young man.

Best to you all.

12/22/2006 09:50:00 AM  
Blogger spadoman said...

Mary..... FANTASTIC Looking Cannoli shells. You did good! Now fill em' w/ the sweet stuff and make a pot o' coffee. I know you got some good stuff there. I'll come to your place instead of the Black Cat, (They don't serve Cannoli at the Cat)

Son looks like he's actually having fun. Can it be bad? He'll look back someday and consider it a learning experience. Trouble is, I was 50 before I realized I had learning experiences.

Happy Christmas to you and your family.
Prayers and smoke for your son Mike and for courage for you all.

12/22/2006 11:49:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I see you used tubes to shape the cannoli! Where did you pinch them from?
The brass section?

Give me some timpani drums! You'll see the Animal in me! (Remember the Muppets?)

12/22/2006 02:15:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Of course you should force him. Nothing encourages a kid and makes them happier than being forced to do something by their parents. Talk to him and tell him the importance of a well rounded back ground if he wants to do music. It will help with whatever he wants to play on his own. I wish I was pushed harder to train more when I was a child - I could be doing so much more than I am had I gotten pushed harder or encouraged more. Many a great rocker has a classical or opera background. He shoudl take band.

12/22/2006 07:37:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i think that you should have him stay in band until at he is a senior- he can decide then. learning classical and jazz is a dying art these days and whatever he thinks now- he will be grateful later- and if not- he'll get over it! :) i don't want to comment on the cannoli because then i would want one!! they look delicious.

12/22/2006 09:15:00 PM  
Blogger Mary said...

I really appreciate everyone's input. I feel pretty strongly that this is a good foundation for whatever music he wants to do. I think he had an awful band teacher this year. I will check out the HS's band and then try to reason w/him. LIke I said he can play whatever he wants at home and I would even get him whatever kind of lessons he wanted but I believe as some of you said that this is a big building block. He's a GOOD kid so between the 2 of us we'll work it out.

Betmo- Are you all baked out? I am! Some time you should try making the cannoli. They were easy.

12/22/2006 09:24:00 PM  
Blogger No said...

Man, when I look back at my high school years, and I think of my happiest school memories, and you know what? All of my best memories are when I was in the band...amazing..He will remember it..trust me...Try to encourage him to stay in band...

12/23/2006 06:51:00 AM  
Blogger Mary said...

Beth-One of his favorite musicians is Pharrell. Pharrell,who thank goodness always says he started out in jr high band. Johnny also liked the drummer Tommy Lee who was in the hs band so I will press those points.

12/23/2006 07:24:00 AM  

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