Recently I watched The Sound of Music with my kids (we watched it in crazy collages style, jumping around to all the "singy" parts and skipping the damned Nazis). The 4-year-old loved it, esp the group kid songs. I thought:
1. I like how even though they're supposed to be singing in German, the most famous song, "Doe, a deer...", totally depends upon being sung in English for its puns and rhymes.
2. I also didn't know that it is a true story. They all ended up in Vermont.
3. The best was near the end when the father uses a song, "Edelweiss", as a weapon against the Nazis, invoking the audience's Austrian spirit. They can't do anything except remember and hold onto what they are but it's still a powerful and inspiring moment.
Finally, here's a bunch of music I've been listening to, mostly found through Mark Weidenbaum's excellent and (to me, now) indispensible Disquiet.
J. Arthur Keenes band
We Are Smug
Go see where I left tons of drawings all over Target and Harris Teeter (a cville grocery store). I used a cute toddler as cover from "The Man". SEEDS ARE BEING TOSSED!
Email me and I'll send you a stack to toss all over wherever you are.
D Harbin's Dune book club includes drawings, here are mine, go see the rest , they're great.
I've done this before - drawn while reading. It helps to figure things out. It makes me focus - that's probably why I draw my daughters all the time, so I REALLY look at them. Plus they're cute.
It helps that Dune is really good and I like drawing dirt. Much much better than the dumb movie.