Sunday, 19 July 2015

What do you do? Please give me your long answer.

"What do you do?"

The most common (and boring) question I am asked when meeting someone for the first time. The short answer, "I teach music part time and stay home with my boys." The long answer, "I play dress up, host tea parties and picnics, laugh with my friends, make yummy food, eat yummy food, sing, practice the piano and guitar, make up songs but usually don't get around to writing them down, record music, explore new music, read, sleep, love, go for walks, explore my city, watch movies, take photos, edit photos, take video, make photo books, edit family movies, blog, write, swim, clean, reorganize my house, redecorate my house, yard work, teach piano lessons, teach voice lessons, work as an accompanist, play for weddings and events, host dinner parties, talk on the phone with my family, text, referee my children, potty train, mark never ending theory and harmony homework, write essays, analyse everything, work on therapies with my son, set too many goals, write too many lists, draw, paint, bake, dream, worry, plan, drink a lot of water, drink a lot of coffee, dance with my kids, shop at Costco, admire trees... " the list is endless. I am not the only one with an endless list. We are all so much more than our short answers to, "what do you do?" Next time I am introduced to someone new, maybe I will launch into my long answer, and encourage them to do the same.

Something that I have noticed in my life is that my hobbies and my career have gradually become the same thing. I do realize that I am one of the lucky few who can say this. Husband is the same. We have jobs that we love doing things that we are passionate about. It was not always this way. We had numerous jobs while in our never ending period of school and figuring out things that we didn't enjoy at all, which makes our present situation sweeter. I was the primary earner for the first 10 years of our marriage (which means we were very poor- ha ha!). This has switched in the last few years and it has been a great thing for us.

Presently, I have been editing our yearly family movie. After our first son was born, we started to care more about documenting our lives with video. Mainly our children's lives. They grow so fast and I am glad that we have so many precious moments on film. I wanted our family movies to be something that we would want to sit down and watch together and not endless hours of meandering film that might feel like a chore to get through. When my oldest son turned 1 year old, I edited our first year of video into about an hour and a half of film, not an easy feat! I added music and some effects, and sent copies to family members that live far away. It was such a hit, that I have been doing it every year since. I just finished year 4. This particular hobby of mine, does have a way of taking over my life for the few days that I am working on it. It is a big project!

Here is this year's preview that I sent out to family to get them excited about the movie and to motivate myself to finish it.

It's on My Facebook Page!   ---click to see

*I originally uploaded through Youtube, but Facebook gave me much better quality. Sorry for the billions (slight exaggeration) of links today.

Tonight we are having a "red carpet premiere" of our family video. Mr. L thinks that means that there will be red cars there. He is going to be so disappointed. There will be popcorn and snuggles and the stars of the film will all be in attendance. Fancy times!

One of my favourite parts of editing the family video is choosing the music. Here is the soundtrack to our 2014-2015 Family Movie. Enjoy! Cheers to doing more of what we love!

1. All is Love,  Karen O and the Kids

2. Linus and Lucy, Vince Guaraldi Trio

3. Can't Help Falling in Love, Ingrid Michaelson

4. You Couldn't Be Cuter, Diana Krall and Yo Yo Mah

5. Brother, Peter Katz featuring Royal Wood

6. Peer Gynt Suite No. 1 Op. 46, Edvard Grieg

7. Winter Wonderland/ Don't Worry Be Happy, Pentatonix ft. Tori Kelly

8. Put the Lights on the Tree, Sufjan Stevens

9. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, played by ME

10. Where Time Stands Still, Mary Chapin Carpenter (from Songs From the Movie Album)
- I can't find it on Youtube... help me... or just buy it on iTunes, it is gorgeous

11. Shake it Off, Walk off the Earth

12. 5 Years Time, Noah & the Whale

13. Hungarian Dance No. 5 in G minor, Johannes Brahms

14. Folding Chair, Regina Spektor
- best lyric ever, "I've got a perfect body, 'cause my eyelashes catch my sweat."

15. Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Ludwig Van Beethoven

16. Blue Charlie Brown, played by ME

17. Uptown Funk, Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars

18. No Ones Gonna Love You (Quite Like I Do), Jenn Grant

19. Thanks a Lot, Raffi
-one of my favourite songs, so beautiful

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