Posts are probably going to be a little slow coming up here, but we have been continuing with our Summer of Musicals. We’re finishing up with Hamilton on the 4th of July. I’m currently trying to find out how we can watch 1776, but according to Can I Stream It? it’s only available through services I don’t have, so we might just be watching youtube clips. There’s enough on youtube that I plan on 1776 being our musical this coming week, and after that I think we’ll do Newsies.
We are revolting children…
Living in revolting times.
We sing revolting songs
Using revolting rhymes.
We’ll be revolting children,
‘Til our revolting’s done,
And we’ll have the Trunchbull bolting.
Stuck in traffic, trying to get Katie to choir rehearsal while competing with the rest of the city of Pittsburgh who were on their way to the Pen’s Stanley Cup victory parade, we had an interesting chat about the meaning of Matilda’s “Revolting Children.”
If you know me even a little bit through my blog, my Facebook page, or in real life, you know how important Matilda the Musical has been to me. I saw it on Broadway on my my first solo trip in twenty years (you can see it too, but hurry because it closes January 1, 2017!), and it was amazingly magical. We were lucky enough to have the touring company come here to the ‘Burgh, and I got to take Katie Grace to see it for her birthday AND went again with a friend. It might be coming to your city as well! You can check out the tour site here. All the children love the music and sing it pretty regularly, and we enjoy comparing and contrasting the Broadway and West End cast recordings. You know, as you do. So, it made a lot of sense that our very first musical of the summer was Matilda the Musical.
In August, Daniel will be starting our “Nursery Rhyme Nursery School” year. I believe that nursery rhymes are a very important part of every small child’s development, as well as essential for cultural literacy. This circle will change during the month, but here is how we’re beginning.
I begin with a “Gathering Song”. I wrote it myself and sing the first stanza until everyone is there (everyone being Daniel, the babies, and I and sometimes Nicholas) and then sing the second verse while we light the candle. I am still using a homemade beeswax candle we made at the beginning of the summer.
From the archives
Midsummer and the feast of St. Peter are the favorite seasons for “rush-bearing” or “rush laying” in England: rushes or new-mown hay are brought in to be laid on the floors of churches.
Good Day to you, you merry men all
Come listen to our rhyme
For we would have you not forget
This is Midsummer time
So bring your rushes, bring your garlands
Roses, John’s Wort, Vervain too
Now is the time for our rejoicing
Come along Christians, come along do.
Bishop’s Castle Rushbearing Song, Shropshire
From The Feast Day Cookbook
Sunday, June 27
Today is the closing show for Michael. He has a cast party, we have a graduation party– there are parties all around!
Monday, June 28: Our Lady of Perpetual Help
If anyone ever needed perpetual help, it’s me!
Tuesday, June 28: Paul Bunyan Day
Time to get out the Tall Tales. We also have a library program to attend.
Wednesday, June 29: Sts. Peter and Paul
Things are up in the air right now, but I am hoping for a field trip to the Maryland Science Center today.