The first boy I tried to talk to on Sunday, July 21, hid behind his mother as soon as I approached him. While clinging to his mom's leg and peeking out from behind, he smiled and shook his head spastically when I asked him his name. Then back behind his mother he went. Hardly the reaction I was looking for.

Two more times the same scenario played out, and I slowly learned it wasn't as easy as I thought it'd be trying to find an Underage subject in a room of preschool-aged kids. They Might Be Giants had just finished their half-hour set, ending another installment of the Experience Music Project's Family Concert Series, and kids were running around smacking balloons, blowing kazoos, and dancing with one another. You'd think they'd all be dying to get their photo taken and talk to a reporter from a "real newspaper." But no, the first three children I approached were either too shy or too busy collecting leftover confetti from the floor of the Sky Church.

But then I saw Gayla, an adorable six-year-old wearing a white summer dress, dancing around with her best friend Hannah. These girls didn't look too shy, so I introduced myself. When Hannah found out I was from a newspaper, she was more than excited to answer my questions.

"You work at a real newspaper?" she asked.

"I sure do," I said. "Did you like the music today?"

"Yes," she answered. "The sleeping song! The sleeping song is the best song."

"My favorite song was the Doctor Worm one," said Hannah.

"We're in the same grade," said Gayla.

"Yeah," Hannah added. "When we were in preschool we met."

"So what grade are you going to be in now?"

"First grade!" Gayla gleefully shouted.

"And are you excited for school?"

"Yes!" Gayla beamed a big smile. But Hannah shook her head forcefully. "No, no, no. Not me. I'm not."

Attention spans are short when you're a little kid, so the girls quickly moved on, jumping in line to meet John Linnell and John Flansburgh, the brains behind They Might Be Giants. They gave me a high-five while I said my goodbyes, and then I was on my way, all the while wishing there were more events like the Family Concert Series--which brings "hip" artists like TMBG to kids--when I was younger. Maybe then the whole New Kids on the Block thing never would've happened.

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