One of the many highlights of our Ohio trip was the chance to see They Might Be Giants in concert at the 14th Annual Tops/Cleveland KidsFest in downtown Cleveland. They are primarily an older-person group, but in the last few years have ventured into the children's market with two amazing CDs:
NO! and Here Come the ABCs. Maddie LOVES They Might Be Giants, having been given their first children's CD by her Aunt Marie at four months of age. She literally knew every single song by heart by the time she was 13 months old; most of our early video footage of her is captured while she is singing "MOP. MOP. MOP MOP MOP MOP MOOOOOOOOOOOP" or "hippoooooooo" or "Clap Your Hands!" in that baby-esque style of language that is so cute you can hardly stand it. So the opportunity to see the band for only $5 was not just exciting, but important, too. It would be a moment of unfathomable cognitive development for Maddie: the people that sing songs on CDs actually exist in real life, and you can see them. And dance, sing, and clap to them. Wow.
Dance, sing, and clap we did. We ventured out into the humidity once again (so thick on the Cuyahoga River that you could actually see the steam) and headed to Tower City Amphitheater with Aunt Marie, Uncle B.J., Grandpa, and our dear friends the M———. Because of a mix-up on the website about the time the concert began, we arrived just a few minutes late but quickly edged our way up to the side of the stage where we had the perfect view (and a little protection for the babies' ears). It was fantastic. We knew all the songs, and belted them out along with all the other ever-so-slightly-granola Generation X-ers and their kids. They threw in a couple of songs to make all the 25-35 year-olds scream, as Marie noted: Istanbul, Not Constantinople and Particle Man to name a few. (I'm sure all the under 10 set was wondering just who was having more fun at this concert). It's awfully rare that a whole family can enjoy themselves fully and genuinely at the same show...it was a far cry from the New Kids on the Block concerts so many parents were dragged to in the late 1980s.
Maddie and Gracie even got their first concert t-shirts. Well, a t-shirt and a onesie : )