Talented Kids

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A series to celebrate talented kids.

The Naked Child As Model: Shauna

Where I can I try to provide the words of children who have experienced modelling nude. According to the moral conservatives the only possible reaction is shame, yet I have provided a number of examples where the response has been pride. Here are the words of Shauna, written some years after the photo was taken. It was part of The Century Project by photographer Frank Cordelle. Like any work containing images of naked children it was controversial, yet, for the most part, it was well received. I especially like her concluding words: The image looks like a protective position where [...]

Gifted Kids: Carly Rose Sonenclar

Haven't done one of these for a while. I've been waiting for the results of X-Factor to see if Carly had won - she didn't, she was runner-up. This year's show was notable for the young talent: Carly Rose Sonenclar, Diamond White and Beatrice Miller, all aged 13. All of them are clearly gifted, but it was Carly Rose who maintained consistency to become the favourite. Of course, people commented that was mature for age. Well yes, for her chronological age, but not her true age, her developmental age. She showed considerable vocal intelligence and her interpretation, often with a [...]

Inquiry Into The Education Of Gifted And Talented Students

I was pleased to see the Victorian government publish the Inquiry into the education of gifted and talented student . It is long overdue. The people who have followed this blog since its inception will know that I am interested in the education of gifted and talented children and occasionally I will do a post on these children. Behind everything I do on this blog is a complaint that conservatives deliberately hold back children as a form of control. The childhood culture wars are ultimately about creating children in the conservative image. Gifted and talented children are a problem because [...]

Talented Kids: Vendulka Wichta

I haven't posted one of these for a while. Vendulka Wichta is a contestant on the current season of the X Factor. She jumped out immediately because of her prescient maturity. In fact it's a bit disconcerting. She looks her chronological age of 14 but the way she stands, acts and speaks suggests someone of 18 plus. This is not surprising when you understand the difference between chronological and developmental age. Vendulka is clearly intellectually and emotionally gifted. Of course her performance level is high, but what has struck me is the way that she gives advice and offers support [...]


I listened to this on the flight back from London. Haunting. Soothing. So I thought I'd check her out when I got back. What the? She's just 15. I had no idea judging from the photo of her album cover, and certainly not from her music. Her real name is Jasmine van der Bogaerde. She learned to play the piano at 5 and began writing at 8. At 12 she won Open Mic UK. At 14 she had a hit with a cover of Bon Iver's Skinny Love. It's in her genes. Her mother is a concert pianist and her [...]

Lindsey Stirling

Another great talent. Somewhat eccentric and that's great. She combines dance with some superb violin playing and celebrates her uniqueness. Another young woman who breaks the mould. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lrF814OnFQ4&feature=related http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vxIOUJ7by6U&feature=relmfu http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vCaOS3TAjbI&feature=related

Rising Appalachia

Wow. Just found out about these sisters, Leah and Chloe - they call themselves Rising Appalachia. Great harmonies. And very much of the style and generation that Bliss, the protagonist in my novel Wild Child, belongs to. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5mxCBWCarQE http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L-16VK4dwuI&feature=related http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kJXTU8RDAdg&feature=related

First Aid Kit

Haven't posted anything on music for a while... First Aid Kit are a Swedish group made up of sisters Johanna and Klara Söderberg. They started performing in their teens (when Johanna was 17 and Klara 14). And whilst the Anglophone world is in a moral panic over sexualisation and raunchy pop music, there is a quiet revolution in folk music going on. How is it that these sisters escaped raunch culture and instead turned to folk music? The first clip is the one that launched their careers in 2008. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HMrqBldlqzA&feature=relmfu http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cl5FdvRR4pQ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ir10In7xv9Q    

Stonefield: Yes Master

You all know that I love these young women. They now have some solid professional support so expect to see much, much more of them. First clip is their new single, second is an interview promo shot at their home just outside Melbourne. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qhIQbGFV_Xc http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mgGaKeNi2S8&feature=relmfu

Talented Kids: Kelly Rosenthal And Say Chance

Because my novel Wild Child is about a young female guitar prodigy I've been posting examples of the real thing. I came across Kelly Rosenthal on Youtube today. There's not much I can say (see interview). She's from California and she's 19. She started posting videos as kelleyismusical. She then discovered two singers from Maryland, Maddie Freeman, 17 and Taylor Broom, 16 and formed Say Chance. These girls break the stereotype in a number of ways. First is that whilst Kelly looks very fresh faced and sweet, she plays a mean guitar. She hasn't affected an attitude, so [...]