hi. i'd like to interrupt these tally hall posts with a few updates. three, to be exact.

1) i'm aware that not everyone is a tally hall fanatic...that's perfectly fine. i'm also aware these posts are ginormous. however, i'm trying to make them as entertaining as possible, and will still post the last two for those who are fans (and also for those interested in hearing new music) because i owe it to them, and like documenting things for myself. i hope it feels like you were there. and if you do stop by those posts, please leave a comment if you feel so inclined. i'd like to hear reactions, especially on those posts. :]

2) i added a "page" -- see it? right above this post? for short updates like these. kind of like tweets, but for my blog only. you guys are VIP. and that's pretty great.

2) this is what i looked like last night

and this is what i look like today. hope that's okay.

i'm getting closer everyday to chopping my waist-length hair short (as danielle would say, eep!). this particular cut i blame fully on the lovely chantel, because she reminded me how i used to cut my own bangs all the time.

ps, no-- i didn't dye it. i never have. i just cut the bangs.



tally hall, no one's better than you. {part III}

{{the kiddie concert}}

keyboard, guitars, bass, drums...all on stage. a small one. behind a blue heavy curtain.
half curious, half amused adults lining the venue. teachers.
the venue: a school cafeteria.
one huge audience.
all under 5 feet tall.
oh boy. (!)

the concert was about to start. kids filed in, carrying their own chairs (i forgot we used to do that) and, of course, their tally hall signs. they were beyond excited. i was just as excited.

an entrance::
while the principle introduced cheryl, who introduced the band, the band snuck up on stage with fabulous fake mustaches on their faces and disappeared behind the curtain. what a fantastic sight. a few moments later, the curtain opened. the kids. went. nuts.
the concert::
i'll let pictures and movies tell this part. it was, after all, a concert.
fyi, the videos are super loud and noisy because my, can those young'ns wail....

rob [yellow tie] kind of headed up the group in interaction with the students, though the rest of the guys chimed in as well. i could tell that there was a mutual wonder between band and audience alike; neither had experienced this before. at the end of the first song [good day], there was a bit of silence, and i started clapping, [i'm sure some of the teachers did, too] then it was a ripple effect and the place was soon filled with tons of applause and yells.

at one point, they tried to get all the students to sing on one note....

other concert highlights::

-rob asked the most random and obscure questions to the audience, and it was perfect. questions like, "do you guys like sports?" and so on. it kept the kids amused and involved.

-the kids...loved dancing.

-comments like this: "of all the elementary schools we've ever visited, you are the most unique...?" can anyone else figure out what he says here? i remember he made some comment about how the kids liked dancing...anyway, brownie points (maybe even a brownie) to the person who can decode this:

-i enjoyed being backstage-ish. mike was cool and let me chill back there. we also talked cameras a bit. it was cool to see sam do his job. so i took a video of one of their new songs from back there. the video doesn't do it justice because i was just on one side of the stage (and it's a cheap camera). i have so many "normal" tally hall videos that i wanted to capture all the stuff you usually don't see. take a gander.

-the swaying of hands (i think one of the teachers promoted that) and the applause. the kids were told by a teacher before the concert that it's not polite to whistle, though. :)

-they ended with this song:

it was an elementary school. how perfect is that? they even had kids come up and give suggestions (that's the part that the camera drops (literally), so i could take photos of it. so beyond awesome.)

have you ever seen miss skinner, eating some dinner?

-and then they topped it off with this:
(rob's epic and very rebellious jump off of school folding chair. there were no smashing of guitars, however.)

the after party::
after the concert, the guys came back out and cheryl presented them with school shirts, as they are now honorary elementary schoolers. :)

as such, they took a class photo
or two
and hi-fives were had all around
and posters & clothing got signed (the latter with parental permission...for the most part)
and cheryl and the principle were given awfully cool stuff by the band
and things were happy.

next up: the night concert. there will be a lot less squealing from those videos.