Tuesday, April 19, 2011

good saturdays

The best part about this performance was when Tess dedicated her song to her Dad.

She was the first one to perform that evening and feeling a little nervous so Tom was trying some of his very Tom-esque way of calming her pre-performance nerves (a little gentle reverse psychology/sarcasm)

Tess: I'm nervous. I don't think I can do this. Can we just go?

Tom: Really? You're nervous? I guess we don't really know if you can sing well or not so that makes sense that you are nervous. We know that I sing well, but you're right we aren't sure if you do.

Tess: eyes roll, annoyance peaks, she is called up to sing

Tess had never dedicated a song before that night and gave us no indication that she was planning on it. We then heard..."testing, testing, 1, 2...Okay, I'd like to dedicate this song, to my Dad...because he can't sing."

Oh snap.

Tom was so proud.

My brothers, one in particular, provided me with a healthy dose of sarcasm my whole life which I think actually served me well (although painful at times). I am grateful to them and love them for it. Somehow in the moment of Tess's unsolicited dedication I feel extremely comforted that she was well on her way, at the early age of 9, of holding her own in any setting. She is beautifully sensitive and sharp.


Amy said...

I love her!!! she's so freaking awesome!

merathon said...

oh wow-- she is amazing! that dedication cracked me up.

katharine said...

what a champ!

Dona said...

Gerry + Tom + Calvin= Clever, Witty Tess

A musical genius with a sense of humor and a sensitive soul. What more can you ask for?

leslie said...
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tommyt said...

Tess that was amazingly unspeakably delicios.

Grant said...

I guess I should have been more sarcastic. :-)

Keri said...

In all seriousness, I am so very impressed with Tess' playing skills and talent. That piece is not an easy one to play - especially since the song is kind of different than the melody (I'm not sure what that's called.)You know I don't know beans about music but I can tell when someone has practiced their talents!
When she comes this summer, we would like an informal (but sincere) performance, please!
Tell her Aunt Keri is so proud!