^ I agree with you about the Lowells. Unfortunately, there are a lot of people like Mrs. Lowell in real life. Racism is still a big problem in the town I grew up in. Most of the people there were extremely hateful to you if you were black, Catholic, or Jewish.
Sorry to hear that, Gracie. That must have been awful to grow up with that. I'm lucky to never have experienced this kind of discrimination first hand (though I have experienced some other kinds of lesser degree but nothing because of stereotypes like these) Are the Lowells ever mentioned again? Hopefully they moved away from Stoneybrook (and maybe off of the earth ;D)
Post by maddieruns on Jun 23, 2007 14:52:35 GMT -5
ditto with everything said about the Lowells. They were just aarrrrrghh.
I find it funny how of all the people, Jackie Rodowsky was the one that came up with the band’s name, “All the Children of the World”. pretty complicated thought train for an 8 year old.
I have no idea how the band managed to sound good. Didn’t most of the kids have homemade instruments, like shoe box guitars or something??
I can’t believe that none of the neighbors called to complain. Because if I randomly decided to host a band practice in my backyard… yeah, that wouldn’t go over well. We'd probably be getting nonstop complaints from the neighbors. How big is the Newton’s back yard anyway? It must be pretty spacey to fit all those people plus the audience in that fenced in yard.
^ Was it this one where they had homemade instruments? I know they did at first in Don't Give up Mal when they marched in the parade. Agree about the noise. I wouldn't have appreciated it. But remember this is Stoneybrook ;D I've only read this one once and need to reread.
No some played normal instruments in this one - Charlotte played the guitar, Marilyn and Shea played the keyboards, Matthew played the violin, Buddy, Margo, Gabbie and Myriah were the singers... I think there were others as well, but the other kids played instruments like harmonicas, maracas and homemade drums... also Matt played tom toms because he could feel the beat.
^ That's what I was thinking because I thought the pretend ones ("google blaster" ;D) were just in Don't Give Up Mal. I didn't remember that Matt played anything. That's really cool I can see Marilyn and Shea playing the keyboards since they take piano lessons - Jordan Pike, too. Did he play? but Charlotte on the guitar kind of surprises me. Are Hayley and Becca involved? I really need to reread.
^you're right, a lot of the kids did play real instruments. the only ones that were homemade were the drums, which were made up of oatmeal and coffee cans. Charlotte joining the band suprised me too. Usually she would be too shy for that type of stuff... I know Haley and Becca were involved in the band, but i'm not sure what they played..
I still think the band would clash. I played the voilin when I was younger, but the only songs i learned were songs like, Yankee Doodle and Jingle Bells. I'm trying to imagine a bunch of kids from the age ranges 2-10 playing songs from Fiddler on the Roof... after a month or so of practice, and i don't know, it just seems like it would be off key.
^ Parents don't seem to care about things like being off key. (At least most of them) That is why they are the audience of choice for most kids, I think ;D My cousins and I always loved giving "concerts" for our parents as kids and they always clapped and cheered and told us we were great no matter how awful we were. (Interesting point about that, my cousin is now a drummer and guitar player majoring in music ;D Shows that positive reinforcement is very encouraging )
my sister and some of our friends growing up would always put on plays and make up commercials for our parents when we were younger, it was a lot of fun. It is even fun today when they bring out the videotape of it and we can laugh at ourselves.