Dessert + Poems

A good night. The return of the long-silent “Arts at the Aviary” Sunday evening gathering.

Here are some slices of what went down…

Meet John.

{insert picture of John with your imagination}

John has an audition tomorrow at the Chanhassen Dinner Theater. He wanted feedback on his audition selection – a song from The Light in the Piazza –  and especially wanted to run through it with a pianist.  Awesome.  This is exactly the type of thing that we want to happen on these nights.

He sang. Nathan and I coached it a little. Evan and Christy arrived.

So it turns out that Christy and John know each other.  He choreographed the show that Christy was just in. Yeah, he’s a dancer too. (In fact he raced off to an audition at Minneapolis’ Cowles Center right after his time with us.)  We know John through our babysitter. Small world.

We paused the musicness for food and drink.

Chocolate mini martini
Chocolate mini martini

More friends arrived. Ryan coached our 4 year old through coloring the ripening stages of a banana.

The ripening banana
The ripening banana

Little A also contributed some of her other artwork for group viewing. Daddy and the girls have done a variety of paintings this week. They set the timer and paint for a little while and see what happens.

Here’s one of what happened.

Family painting from the other day
Family painting from the other day

Quotables were created.

“Anyone who’s ever seen it is a part of it.” – Christy Jones.

An instrumental interlude.

Father-son duet
Father-son duet

More music was sung.

Nathan and I are working up some revivals of old classics from American pop culture of the 20s-50s. The feedback and creative thinking were exactly what we strive for generating at these gathersing, so THANKS!  We are more empowered to keep working up more arrangements and create a great show.

Collaborative art - yes!
Collaborative art – yes!

While we worked through three different selections, the little ones others kept busy with coloring and dancing and peeing on the carpet (that would be one of the bona fide ‘little ones’).

"Seriously! Nathan and Naomi are playing AGAIN?"
“Seriously! Nathan and Naomi are playing AGAIN?”
Christy sang too. She has an audition at the Ordway on Thursday for their 50s showcase production.  Super fun “Ring-a-ding rag” (so says the score) song “Grow Old With Me.”
The girl-requested butterflies and caterpillar complete!  Look what can happen all with a few scribbles to start.
Finishing touches ala Nathan
Finishing touches ala Nathan
Music. Coloring. Food. What’s missing? I mean really?
Just a little poetry.
Dessert + Poems
Dessert + Poems
 And how fitting that she is standing under the plate that she made for us as a wedding present almost six years ago.  Didn’t even plan that one!
Who am I kidding – there isn’t much about these events that’s planned.  That’s what makes them exciting.
Thanks, friends, for sharing the evening with us.  Let’s do it again soon.

By Naomi Bird

Wife of tenor Nathan Bird, pianist, organist, former music therapist, writer, tea-drinker, mom of two mini-sopranos and two mini-tenors, and learner of loving the arts.

1 comment

  1. Great fun and newsy. Loved all the pictures!

    Thank you, Mom

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