Now that Scott and Lynn have rightly reminded us of our historic and scientific roots, I'll take the first step in exploring the next generation among us.
While my 8-year old son Carl is quite a storyteller, performer, and aspiring actor-director, the real musician is my 5-year old daughter Nadine. This is the girl who, when told that Bruce Springsteen was a famous rock star, said "Great, just like me!" She is quite proud of the fact that she is the only other member of the family to have her own playlist on my iPod (another story to come later).
On Sunday we flew from Raleigh-Durham to New York and then from New York to Boston. On the first flight, our seats were scattered around the plane. Sitting by herself, Nadine spent most of the flight singing "Save The Whales", which is her favorite song that I perform.
When my grampa was a boy, he went down to the general store,
saw a book of whales, shooting their spouts and flashing their tails
Hoo-ray and up she rises, ear-lye in the morning.
She was great - on key, with feeling, and a nice little twang to finish it off. I was very proud, and jealous that I couldn't get away with singing away the flight with her!
On the second leg of the trip, we sat together - and she went for the audience participation.
Ok dad, we're going to do the musical quiz
Tell me what kind of men are these, sailing on the salty seas,
Washing the deck and sharpening harpoons
ok, tell me, TELL ME. What kind of men?? It's Whalemen.