I think I've mentioned once or twice here that two of my kids, the lad and DD#2, are in a band. "Blame the Patient" has been together for just under 2 years. It's been amazing to watch them grow as individuals, musicians and as a band in that time.
Last night they played at the Bell House in Brooklyn. They were incredible! (Could that last statement be laced with a bit of mother's pride?)
The kids spent the last few weeks of August recording their first album. From the mixes that I've heard I think it's going to be pretty great. They will be uploading some of the mixes as they are ready on their Myspace page. I think one, "The Clapping Song", is already up there. The other songs you'll hear there are older recordings of theirs.
What an amazing experience the past two years have been for these 5 kids. The band members ages range from 15-18. I am so thankful to think of the opportunities that they have had through their music at such a young age. From the confidence and poise that live performance has given them, to developing their creative skills through song writing, to learning to work collaboratively with their band members, not to mention the time spent in studios working at a professional level with recording engineers I am certain that they have developed skills that they will draw on throughout their lives whether they choose to follow a career path in music or not.
And now for a PSA. Support music and arts in your local school system. The skills and opportunities these programs bring to kids are equal to and enhance those that they get in math, science, language arts and history.