Cacophony: (n) Jarring, discordant sound; dissonance.
If you were to ask Dr. Hibiscus his favorite word (and yes, we do ask such odd questions around here), he would undoubtedly say, "cacophony." Good thing, too, because there is no other word to describe this evening. Upon arriving home from violin lessons tonight, Jesse had to take out his violin and demonstrate his new plucking skills with "In the Hall of the Mountain King." Randy then had to get out his guitar, and a second later, Laurel comes in with her guitar. Duncan begins banging the coffee table with makeshift drumsticks (a plastic dinosaur and a flip-flop), and then Laurel starts actually fiddling "Rocky Top" (accidentally, since she doesn't know how to fiddle yet)! The dog starts howling, and the phone rings. Unadulterated cacophony. Or, as Laurel says, "I like music night, Mommy. Don't you?"