We have a copy of Fantasia 2000, the (relatively) recent continuation of the theme of Disney's 1940 classic Fantasia, on videotape, and Ben has been heavily into it for a couple of months now. Here's a joke he leveled at his grandparents recently: "Stravinsky wrote Rhapsody in Blue!"
[No, George Gershwin wrote Rhapsody in Blue, of course -- hence the humor. Peals of laughter, please!]
We recently managed to watch the original 1940 Fantasia, available on demand from our cable company, and Ben loved it. He frequently describes his follow-up projects, namely Fantasia 1000, Fantasia 12, and Fantasia 10. The only musical selection they all have in common is The Sorcerer's Apprentice. The contents of Fantasias 1000, 12, and 10 otherwise vary from one telling to the next.
He was quite taken with Mussorgsky's Night on Bald Mountain from Fantasia 1940, and we explained that Bald Mountain is probably named that because it has no trees on the top of it. This morning, as he paraded around in his sports-themed underwear, steadfastly refusing to put his pants on, I commented that he was wearing his ball underwear (e.g. soccer, football, baseball, etc.). He replied, "It's not bald, it has pictures on it!"
Soul talk with my child
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