Saturday, December 16, 2006

The Masters Among Us

I think it's important to make sure the children are exposed to cutting edge genius, the artists who shaped and defined the world in their time. For them to taste greatness and want to achieve it for themselves, whether it be in conquering the world, or just their tiny corner of it.

As ya'll know, I've taken the children to see Roger Waters, encouraged them to read Nancy Drew and To Kill A Mockingbird, and danced with them to Classical Thunder--the Time-Life Collection of magnificent overtures by the classical music masters. They've seen Star Wars and Jaws, Indiana Jones and It's a Wonderful Life. They have a cd by Pavarotti, "Opera for Kids" (no one listens to it, but it's wonderful and it's available should they be interested). And those are just top-of-the-head examples. There are many others I'm too lazy to list.

In keeping with this inch-along, lifetime theme of "Greats", this Christmas I bought Twilight Zone--The Complete, Definitive Collection, and The Honeymooners Classic 39 in DVD.

It's astonishing how many Greats are out there! Humans are a busy bunch! It will indeed take a lifetime just to cover the "oldies" forget about the newbies. Although *smug smile alert* this morning I snagged four tickets to Fall Out Boy.

If you have/want/had kids what artists would you expose them to? Who do you think is the best example of his/her genre? Who would you label as a Master Among Us?


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