“The Secret Life of Children”- A Glimpse Into the Life of a Family Man

Allissah Jerome
ajerome@css.edu

Jeremy Craycraft never ceases to amaze audience members with his performances and that is exactly what he did on March 4, 2017. Craycraft presented “The Secret Life of Children” with special guest Brett Jones, a professor at Lake Superior College. The entire performance was inspired by Craycraft’s family. Each piece was meant to represent what it means to be a parent and to portray each of his three children.

The performance opened up with an original piece written by Craycraft based on his love of Latin American music. The piece was entitled “Etude Vicarious” and was performed on a snare drum by Craycraft with four mallets, two in each hand.

Next, Craycraft performed a piece entitled “March.” This piece was performed with a snare and bass drum combo. The backbeat, the bass, stayed steady during this piece while the snare drum went crazy on top. This piece was driving and moving throughout and was meant to represent how time always moves forward despite how crazy life gets.

The third piece had four movements. Each movement represent one of Craycraft’s kids and then Craycraft himself. “Macqueripe” was based on a place in Trinidad and Tobago where this type of music was popular. This piece also represented testing your boundaries while at the same time knowing your limits.

Following “Macqueripe” was one of my favorite pieces of the evening “Gnomes and other Twilight Creatures.” This piece had four parts representing gnomes, gremlins, gargoyles, and goblins and was performed by Craycraft and Jones together. Each part sounded light-hearted, mysterious, mischievous, or eerie to represent each of the four characters and to represent different aspects of Craycraft’s life with his three children.

After intermission, Craycraft performed “Crash” using cymbals, hi-hats, and thimbles, creating a really unique sound. This piece represented how life seems smooth at times and then can come crashing down at any moment.

The following piece, “Cave Dance” was representative of how kids love to dance and played on this idea.

Jones joined Craycraft on the stage for the next piece, “Apotheosis.” This was one of my favorite pieces of the night and represented all of the different things that combine together
when someone becomes a parent. Music that involves two individuals playing together is mesmerizing not only because the music sounds wonderful, but because each performer moves in sync with the other. If you haven’t noticed this before, the next time you go to a performance, look at how the musicians arms move when they play the same parts.

The performance wrapped up with “Hinchinbrook Riffs” which represented how kids love to dance and mock each other. The entire concert was centered around this call and response piece with the echos acting as the response. Unfortunately, there were technical difficulties and the audience was unable to hear the echos, but the piece was beautiful nonetheless.

Craycraft never fails to provide interest and unique pieces whenever he, or one of the groups he conducts, performs. If you haven’t had a chance to see one of these performances, you’re definitely going to want to make it a priority.