Ode To Joy

by Stefani on 27-October-2008

You know what's wonderful?

It's wonderful that from here until eternity I will hear "Ode To Joy" and remember this day… the day that a little boy in a Commanche Brave costume that he had a big hand in making, took the stage for his first fiddle recital. 


He was pretty nervous about the whole thing, and wondered more than once why he can't just play the fiddle "without doing it in front of anybody?"

And now he knows… because then he wouldn't have experienced the triumph of nailing every note, taking his bow amid all the clapping, coming home to a kitchen full of balloons, pizza and pineapple, silly string, Shirley Temples in jack o'lantern cups and even a trophy, that Mama and Daddy had made just for a rockin' little fiddler. 


For me at least, "Ode to Joy" won't bring to mind Beethoven or concert halls or grand orchestras… that particular arrangement of notes will always sing to me (and I'm guessing to him) of a sweet little seven year old boy who triumphed. 
jean October 27, 2008 at 6:04 am

oh joy!!!
such a big moment. congratulations!

Kelly October 27, 2008 at 6:16 am

big congratulations!
“nice job, i’m proud of you!” – alec 🙂

kirsten October 27, 2008 at 6:31 am

awesome. isn’t the whole ‘kid learning an intstrument’ thing way cooler than you thought?

Cynthia October 27, 2008 at 6:33 am

How sweet. Congratulations to him!

Qalballah October 27, 2008 at 6:35 am

I think that’s a proud Mama I see there… well done fiddler boy. That takes a *lot* of guts that even adults don’t have!

Tammy October 27, 2008 at 6:35 am

Man, I cry every single time I read your blog! It is so nice to hear someone talk as sweetly about their children as I do… especially in a world where we so often hear parents talking as if their children are such a burden. Thanks for the happy tears.

amanda o October 27, 2008 at 7:36 am


Sarah Jackson October 27, 2008 at 8:01 am

That’s wonderful! And playing in costume makes it that much better.

Candy Cook October 27, 2008 at 8:33 am

Hey!! Seeing him dressed up in the brave costume and playing the fiddle reminds me of Arvel Bird. He’s an awesome native american fiddle player. You should look him up on YouTube.. or check out his site arvelbird.com He’s really great.

Lynn October 27, 2008 at 9:46 am

That takes me back just a few years!
Now my fiddle players are in high school. They play with friends (for tips) and with the traveling high school group. Good experiences all along the way. I remember being impressed that they could play by themselves in front of strangers. I don’t think I would have been that brave at the same age!

I hope he continues to enjoy it! I know you are very proud, as you should be.

Holly October 27, 2008 at 11:21 am

Congratulations to him! That is quite an accomplishment. And kudos to Mom and Dad for making the occasion extra special.

Celia October 27, 2008 at 1:03 pm

Aha – we’re right there with you. My son is playing Ode to Joy in his recital on the 8th. It was already my favorite piece, but now even more so!

Frogdancer October 27, 2008 at 1:24 pm

Ode to Joy… here it was the first song Ryan learned on the guitar and David learned on the piano.

waldorfmama October 27, 2008 at 1:42 pm

what a beautiful and proud moment it must have been. for the both of you. 🙂 (i also wanted to let you know i’m doing an OSTHEIMER giveaway over on my blog if you want to check it out (9:00pm CST deadline tonight). ~ shelley

amy October 27, 2008 at 2:31 pm

adorable and awesome

Baba October 27, 2008 at 3:53 pm

Good Job Mom. He will love music all the more now. That’s the best encouragement!

Cassandra October 27, 2008 at 4:40 pm

Those photos are beautiful! And so is the joy of a boy who tasted success!

jessica October 27, 2008 at 4:48 pm

What a perfect memory! And great photos to go along with it!

christi October 27, 2008 at 4:53 pm

i love his costume too! congratulations to him 🙂

molly October 27, 2008 at 5:59 pm

oh i love it!! now where’s the video?? 🙂

Relyn October 27, 2008 at 6:25 pm

My favorite piece of music. So life-affirming. That makes it a perfect choice for your sweet, triumphant son.

erin October 27, 2008 at 6:59 pm

super sweet memories for both of you!

Lori October 27, 2008 at 7:47 pm


Linn from Australia October 27, 2008 at 11:18 pm

Oh how lovely, congratulations!

lora October 28, 2008 at 4:56 am

oh so sweet. thanks for making my contact lenses work so much better than they usually do this early in the morning. =)

Regina October 28, 2008 at 10:37 am


Mama Urchin October 28, 2008 at 12:43 pm

how totally fantastic

Hannah October 28, 2008 at 7:47 pm

Wow, how wonderful! And that he did it in costume! Showing my ignorance here — is there a material difference in playing the fiddle vs. playing the violin, or is it just semantics?

Grace November 4, 2008 at 7:57 am

I’m weeping a little.

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