an image of Naveed Goldman and Nobu Adilman (AKA “DaBu”) Stolen from their website at choirchoirchoir.com

ISOLATED WITH TEENS: My Son is a Frog


Kermit, the frog to be precise. Allow me to explain.

You have probably already figured out that music is really important in my life. It is inseparable from breathing. I like all art, but I’d have a hard time choosing between poetry and music if it ever came down to it.

It shouldn’t be a surprise then to hear that I have always wanted to sing. I mean, I’ve always sung, but I’m really, really bad at it. Just ask anyone who has had the misfortune of being on a long road trip with me. I’ve always wanted to be able to sing well. Apparently I have a good speaking voice but a horrible singing voice. Neither my wife nor my daughter can sing either. We all have many talents but singing is not one of them.

My son, however, can sing. We have no idea where in our combined gene pool this ability came from, both my and my wife’s parents and siblings are also terrible singers, but there it is. Our son is a baritone and sings with Edmonton young Voices. Going to his concerts is a very great pleasure for us.

So of course when we saw on Facebook earlier this week that Choir Choir Choir was hosting a live, online sing-a-long to help everyone cope with being cooped up at home, we were very excited. We first heard about Choir Choir Choir shortly after they did an event in Edmonton. Friends of our went and raved about how much fun they had so we looked them up. From http://www.choirchoirchoir.com – from where I also stole the featured image for this post – they describe themselves as:

Daveed Goldman and Nobu Adilman (AKA “DaBu”) started Choir! Choir! Choir! as a weekly drop-in singing event in February 2011. Equal parts singing, comedy, and community-building, the night unfolds like a dream: you get a lyric sheet at the door, DaBu teach you the vocal arrangement, and a video is recorded. Everyone has a ball and goes home feeling great!

That sounds like so much fun! So we all gathered round the TV on Tuesday evening, air-played the Facebook stream and joined in. The evening tarted out with Pink Floyd’s “Wish You Were Here,” which was an interesting choice that actually worked really well. Other songs included “Lean on Me” and the them from “Friends.” They posted lyrics to the songs they were planing to sing on a google drive called “Choir!ntine” which is kind of clever.

Remember how I said my son could sing? Another one of his talents is impressions. He does a killer President Nixon and is pretty good at accents as well. His favourite impression though by far is Kermit the Frog. And being a smart-ass sixteen year old he is, he decided to sing along in Kermit’s voice.

It was kind of funny at first, hearing Bill Wither’s “Lean on Me” being sung by Kermit. It started to grate though and we begged and pleaded for him to use his beautiful singing voice. He grudgingly agreed and sang the first couple of lines of the next song straight but he just couldn’t resist and Kermit was quickly back.

We ended up just going with it. We were together as a family, singing out our worry. My wife and I are both really aware of how precious these moments are. The boy could be moving away to University in a short 18 months. The girl, 13, is growing up so fast it makes our heads spin. So we sang with Kermit. And wouldn’t you know it, the penultimate song Choir Choir Choir chose to sing was “Rainbow Connection.”

They closed with “Hallelujah.”

It was a good night.

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