Lunch Bucket Canon: The Piece that Didn’t Make the Cut

Lunch Bucket Canon

In preparing The Ancestor CD, I had one piece that was intended to go on the album, but didn’t make the cut.  It needs some fixing up, and hopefully I’ll have it ready for publication later.  So it’s been sitting on my computer rotting for a couple months.  Then I realized that just because it’s not ready to sell doesn’t mean I can’t share it on my blog!  So here’s the piece that didn’t make the cut for my new CD.

Lunch Bucket is my daughter’s nickname, and I have a tradition of writing a lullaby for each of my kids.  After writing one for Lunch Bucket, I realized that the melody fits with the chord progression to Pachelbel’s Canon in D. So I made a little medley that is basically a variation on Canon in D, though it’s really Canon in C when I play it.

Oh, and I should tell you up front – this is NOT a solo.  It takes at least three people.  If I ever play this one in an up-close concert, I might even have everyone who can play Canon in C come up and jam along!

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Lunch Bucket Canon: The Piece that Didn’t Make the Cut

Lunch Bucket Canon

In preparing The Ancestor CD, I had one piece that was intended to go on the album, but didn’t make the cut.  It needs some fixing up, and hopefully I’ll have it ready for publication later.  So it’s been sitting on my computer rotting for a couple months.  Then I realized that just because it’s not ready to sell doesn’t mean I can’t share it on my blog!  So here’s the piece that didn’t make the cut for my new CD.

Lunch Bucket is my daughter’s nickname, and I have a tradition of writing a lullaby for each of my kids.  After writing one for Lunch Bucket, I realized that the melody fits with the chord progression to Pachelbel’s Canon in D. So I made a little medley that is basically a variation on Canon in D, though it’s really Canon in C when I play it.

Oh, and I should tell you up front – this is NOT a solo.  It takes at least three people.  If I ever play this one in an up-close concert, I might even have everyone who can play Canon in C come up and jam along!

Making Moments – Nursery Song

MM – Nursery Song

Lunch Bucket loves the primary songs they sing in her nursery class.  We sang a few together this morning.  It’s so sweet to hear her sing.  She sings so sincerely, without all the silly pride of self-consciousness that adults hide behind.
Of course, many of the songs she doesn’t know the words, so either she’ll stop when she gets to those words, or she’ll make up her own.

“I love to see the temple song”
“I’m going there someday,”
“To feel the hospice prit”
To listen and to pray.”
“For the temple is a house of Jesus Christ”

And that’s where she always gives up.  She’s got most of Popcorn Popping down, and the monkeys jumping on the bed one, too.
I wish the great composers of the world would listen more closely to the song of a child.  I can think of nothing as sincere and beautiful.

Making Moments – Yucky Momma

Making Moments – Yucky Momma

Lunch Bucket woke up early this morning, and since she and I were the only ones up, we ate breakfast together.  She started talking about Tootles.
Now that Tootles is walking and a little more sturdy, he and Lunch Bucket are able to play together without too much problem – though we still have to watch her a bit.
“Is Tootles your best friend?”
“Yeah, he’s my best friend.”
“That’s good.  It’s fun to be friends with your family, huh?”
“Yeah.”
“That’s neat.  Did you know Momma is my best friend?”
“Yeah.  But Momma’s not yummy.  Momma’s Yucky.”
She labels anything that you can’t eat as yucky, and anything you can eat as yummy.
Thinking she wouldn’t notice or understand, I mumbled, “Actually, Momma’s quite yummy…” and then louder, “but we don’t eat her, do we?”
“Momma’s not yummy!  Momma’s yucky!”
“We don’t eat Momma, huh?”
Now she was starting to get her, ‘I’m going to start crying if you don’t agree with me’ voice.
“Momma’s not yummy!”
I sighed, “Okay, okay, Momma’s yucky.”
After that she calmed right down and continued eating her cereal.

Making Moments – 4 and 5 November

Making Moments

Tuesday, 4 November 2008

I used to love sitting on the heater vent when I was a kid, so when the heater started up tonight, I grabbed a large blanket and called Lunch Bucket into the room.

Using my head to hold up the blanket, I sat and created a tent. Lunch Bucket loved it. She’s small enough that she had room to move around.

We pulled Toodles in for a moment, but being surrounded by blanket is not Toodles’s idea of a good time. Then Lunch Bucket suggested we get her tent.

Jenni’s parents built a tent for the kids last Christmas. It’s made of cloth and PVC, built just like a teepee.

Wednesday, 5 November 2008

I got to babysit tonight. Lunch Bucket insisted we get out the warm tent again, so we did. As we lay back on pillows, we somehow we started talking about Jesus. Though I can’t recall the exact wording, the conversation went something like this:

“Jesus is nice, huh?” I said.

“Yes. Jesus is nice. Jesus is wearing big white.”

Her pronunciation of white could have meant light, since she usually pronounces Ls like Ws.

“Does Jesus have a lot of light?”

“Jesus has a white dress.”

“When did you see Jesus?”

“I saw Jesus… last night.”

After this she changed the subject and wouldn’t go back to it. I wouldn’t be surprised if Lunch Bucket did see Jesus yesterday. I wouldn’t be surprised if most tiny children see Him often.

Making Moments – 23 October 2008

Making Moments

I’ve decided to use my kids nicknames instead of their real names in this project. My two year old daughter is Lunch Bucket, and my 10 month old son is Tootles. Jenni is my wife, and I will use her real name.

Making Moments

Have you ever skipped through a grocery store? Have you ever done a synchronized skip with a two year old in the grocery store? I recommend it. It enlivens the spirit like few things do.

We’ve started a tradition in the last couple weeks of me singing to the kids before they sleep. I decided shortly after Lunch Bucket was born to write a lullaby for each of my kids. So Lunch Bucket and Toodles each have their own song.

I recommend that to anyone who has even the remotest poetic or musical skills. There is something powerfully bonding about singing to a child a song written especially for them.

For Tootles, it usually takes singing the song about five times before he catches on that it’s time to sleep.

Lunch Bucket loves her song, and demands it every night. She spends most of the song trying with all her might not to smile – but efforts are always in vain.

Conversations with Lunch Bucket:

I use a Neo to do most of my writing. It’s a simple word process or that looks like a calculator with a keyboard. I had just got out the Neo in my bedroom and began writing when Lunch Bucket came bounding in the room.

“What is that?” she asked.

“My Neo.”

“Your Neo?”

“Yup.”

She bounced against the bed a few times, watching my fascinating Continue reading Making Moments – 23 October 2008