Here's Ben conducting the Ode to Joy from the fourth movement of Beethoven's 9th Symphony. He's actually more enthusiastic than he looks -- this was the first time he'd heard the original symphonic version, and he was busy taking it all in. (Oh, and I'm sorry about the whole sideways thing -- new camera, and it frankly hadn't occurred to me that you shouldn't hold it in portrait mode while making a movie, duh. Lesson learned. Just turn your head.)
Whence this interest in the Ode to Joy? Well, Ben is a little fixated on this video. Now, don't judge. Granted, the ending is a little intense for a four-year-old. Ben calls this the "Beaker and Thunder" video. Part of his fascination with this video stems with the fact that the metronome is like the one his piano teacher has. Anyway, he likes it. And now he's learning how to play Ode to Joy on the piano, so I really can't complain.
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