Thursday, January 9, 2014

Obsessively Frozen

We usually watch movies way too late to really join in any bandwagon (eg. twilight, LOTR, Harry Potter, Hunger Games) because we seldom go to the cinema. By the time the hype has died down we are just starting to understand what it was all about.

Last year, just before we left for our December holiday, Frozen was all over the movie theatres. It was a big hit. Kelvin and Ira were looking it up on Youtube, watching video clips and listening to the songs, but because we haven't watched the full movie yet, we really couldn't get the big picture. Coming back from our holiday, we had a chance to watch the movie and we were amazed by how good it was (still is!). We were glued on tv, the boys singing along to the songs they knew. I was captivated by the songs, too, and found myself singing (or humming) along. Hubby was the only one not into the movie as he didn't like musicals.

After watching, the boys have gone totally crazy about it (ok, I admit, I was also very much into it). Ira wanted to memorize the lyrics to all the songs so he looked them up online and wrote them on paper (to which I said he could actually ask dad to just print them! Good thing he was only done with one song). The following day, he watched the movie again (and again), this time even saying the lines. Kelvin brought it to the next level by learning to play the songs on piano! He searched for music sheets online (he is still learning "Let it go") and started practising. I told him he could actually get one on Youtube with piano tutorials but he said he preferred "reading" music sheets to following video tutorials (I prefer the Youtube videos though). From that day forward, our house became filled with music from Frozen soundtrack, our favorites being "Let it go", "First time in forever", "Love is an open door", "In summer" and "Do you want to build a snowman". You can imagine Ira having a concert in the living room, singing at the top of his lungs (and he could really reach the high notes) while playing with his toys, while Kelvin is seriously sitting in front of the keyboard learning his selected piece. I have yet to record them on video while singing or playing the piano. I, on the other hand, have my moments in the morning, when all of them have gone to school/office. Singing our new-found favorite songs has also become a bedtime ritual for the past few days. 

I wonder when this obsession will last.... For now, I will soak up the moments when my kids exhibit their musical talents and inclinations (thanks to Lola Girl's genes). Having a duet with Ira after school and trying to learn piano pieces with Kelvin after he does his school work are some of the parts of their childhood/teenage life that are worth being a stay-at-home-mom for. Thanks to Frozen (Disney) for these musically-inspired moments.

Oh! And let's not forget the moral of the movie (at least from how I understood it) - TRUE LOVE doesn't necessarily imply romantic love (Kristoff's love for Anna, to break the spell) - as what most of us probably automatically thought about while watching the movie. It can be maternal, paternal, or in this case, sibling love. After all, love starts in the family.

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