Friday, February 13, 2009

12-years-old and already on tour with a rock band

I've written here before about Kira's intense obsession with the Ting Tings, an English band that got its big break when they were featured in an iPod commercial last year. We took the girls to see them in concert, and since then Kira's frenzy hasn't died down one bit. She spends an unhealthy amount of time chatting online with friends about the band, checking out their website and making lists of all the Ting Tings merchandise she's going to try to con us into buying for her. Lately I've been begging her to find something else to do, like hang out on the corner and chew gum like all the other kids at her middle school.

A few weeks ago she saw a bulletin on the Ting Tings MySpace page asking for original videos that the band could use on their upcoming European tour. They've done things like this in the past - used art as a way to get audience members and fans to participate in their shows. Kira was determined to enter, and came up with an idea for a video that involved our garage door and a huge stack of Post-Its. She asked Rigel to help but turns out he was merely a cameraman - at one point I think I heard him trying to tell her where to stand and she went all Christian Bale on his ass so he backed off.

Today Kira got an email from the lead singer herself, Katie White, telling her that they loved her video and that they would be using it on their tour, and that she would get a credit every night at the end of each show.

She's over the moon, of course, and we're so very proud of her. Here's the video - sorry for the poor quality, but I put some music to it and unfortunately my iMovie skills aren't up to speed. Kira assured me it was okay for now, and besides she's not paying me that much. Yet.



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13 comments:

  1. That was phenomenal! I loved it. Hey nothing wrong with your iMovie qualities. I don't even know how to sped up film. ;-)

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  2. I'm constantly amazed at your girls talents. They are destined to be stars. :)

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  3. This actually made me feel that the Ting Tings are a little less arch and annoying than I had previously thought.

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  4. NorCal Sistah2/13/2009 10:04 AM

    I'm such a proud Auntie! Way to go Kira -- I love how creative both my nieces are and I know that this is just the beginning. Oh ... and let my brother know that I was proud of his "filming" skills as well -- I don't want him to feel left out -- he's very sensitive. Oh ... I'm proud of you too M and your iMovie producing skills. Okay is everyone feeling the love?

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  5. That is so cool! Loved that video.

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  6. My kids think this is very cool! (me too!)

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  7. How cool but what are her royalties? They can't expect her to work for free!

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  8. OMG! I think this is my first visit to your blog and I am crying for you. Okay, so she's your kid but I imagined what it would be like that were my kid and I CRIED!

    AMAZING!

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  10. Awesome! I am so impressed. How great that Kira is obviously inheriting not only your and Rigel's creative skills, but the ability and chutzpah to get them out there. At 12!

    I love the video. And yes, your girls are clearly destined for greatness, and some very hip version of greatness at that.

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  11. Excellent idea, and congrats to her.

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  12. Go kid! that was great!

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