Friday, August 24, 2007

A new musical term?

Yesterday I returned home from work and was greeted at the door by my two young daughters, each clutching a piece of sheet music. The older one informed me, "Mommy, we're singing aqua-pella!"

Perhaps if they were doing it in the bathtub...


G.G. said...

Why I do it in the shower all the time!!!!!!!!!!!

Celtic Harp said...

As a working, teaching, performing musician I swim everyday to stay in shape and keep my neck and shoulders relaxed.

I started swimming at a different olympic-sized pool and the life guard obviously was watching the newcomer... initially for safety, then out of boredom, then more keenly out of curiousity.

On one lap he kindly commented that I was a very strong swimmer but suggested that "I was working too hard" with the ratio of flutter kicks to arm strokes. He had evidently observed that I was doing X number of kicks and felt I would be better off doing Y number. I thanked him for his kind advice and kept swimming the way I normally do.

The next day I came in there were two life guards watching me. "There she is" I heard the first one say. As my ratio changed from 4 kicks to 3 kicks per stroke, I heard one of them yell D**m! How do you do that?

Well, I responded... the piece of music I was swimming to just changed time signatures from 4/4 to 6/8!

Next time I'll just inform them I was swimming aqua-pella! Thank you to you and your daughters for the fun new musical term!

Language Lover said...

Thanks for the comment, Celtic Harp. But I love the "changing time signatures"! That's priceless. :)