Tuesday, September 11, 2007

That's Entertainment!

It wasn't in the plans, long-range or otherwise, but it's sad to know that if we wanted to, we still wouldn't be able to watch Pavarotti. I wonder for Marguerite what it would be like to be part of a Pavarotti-free generation. We still have other great tenors, but Pavarotti represented music that many music-lovers, adults included, plan to give a chance sometime in the distant future, when they've grown up some. A live Pavarotti show wouldn't have fitted in the budget, but I have a couple of economical ideas for opera exposure. There's sister, who, even after deciding that Classical Voice wasn't the major for her, still belts out an arietta every now and then. Or. We could also just hang in the halls of the UP Conservatory of Music (like I used to do, stalking Husband, lol). I kid. Or not. There are non-spendy options though, such as Paco Park, some CCP shows (there was actually a classical music concert for babies we went to a few months ago), mall (esp the Shangri-la and MOA) and university shows. We can enjoy budget opera until we've saved up for the classical music exposure of our choice. What, in fact, is part of my plans (or wishes) is that Marguerite and I (Husband, too, if he wants to) have a Prague classical music experience. I get goosebumps just imagining listening to Puccini in an open air theater with the glistening Vltava as a backdrop. Hmm, "seek ye first..."
While we're getting to that dream though, Marguerite keeps herself entertained. She dances to the Wiggles. She likes "Hot Potato" and "Toot-Toot, Chugga-Chugga Big Red Car". She hums and does the action for several nursery rhymes (she touches her index finger to your temple though when you sing "how I wonder what you are" in "Twinkle, Twinkle"). Until we get to that marionette opera show (also in Prague), she makes do with her own puppets (hey, one of them has an unidentifiable accent - part-Aussie, part-French - who can sing (mutilate) the Habanera like no other can:-p). For comedy, she watches me crunching into an apple and busts a gasket laughing. We might not have a lot of expensive culture here, but there's no shortage of entertainment.