New York City PS22 elementary school chorus singing "Landslide" by Fleetwood Mac.
In a school where more than three quarters of the students are eligible for free lunch, the lyrics of the song have resonance, and the performance is haunting, emotive, and delivered with far more soul than one might expect from a bunch of fifth-graders. As Breinberg plays, he makes eye contact with the kids, coaxing performances from them and letting them enjoy themselves. Later, Davoya, one of the chorus members, explains how he does it. "At first, when I sang, I had no emotion," she says. "I didn't move. But Mr. B taught me to sing with feeling. With feeling and heart."
Best of all Stevie likes it! YouTube link.
Belated congratulations to Julie Cole, (one of the brilliant mom minds behind the creation of Mabel's Labels) on the arrival of her sixth beautiful child, Finian Aloysius!
To find out about the secret message in her newborn's name, check out Julie's latest blog post "The Name Game." (Where there is also a nice shout-out to Nightshade Creations! Thanks Julie!)
(To see how lovely Finian is, have a look at this Mabel's blog post.)
Summer camp is just around the corner! What do you need to know to get your kids ready?
Mabel's Labels has a Guide to Packing for Camp (link to PDF version at bottom of page of Mabel's site).
To ensure your kids return home with all the gear they bring, get yourself a "camp/school pack" of labels! From Mabel's website:
The Camp/School Pack has all the labels you need for summer camp or school. This combo is a substantial savings, compared to buying each label type individually.
Dishwasher/microwave-safe and UV resistant. Clothing labels are laundry safe.
To get you in the camp frame of mind, I bring you
(Items with a variation of this image can be purchased at Cafe Press.)
The code for this doodle and other doodles you can use on your blog can be found at Doodles.
And lastly, here's a clip of Julie Cole, Mabel's Labels VP and mother of six* discussing how to be prepared for the first day of camp. [Aired May 24, 2007 on CityTV's Breakfast Television.]
* she had another baby since this interview originally aired.