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Their Musical Education #2: Silicone & Strap Ons.

I regularly scold myself for failing to write down the things my girls say. I started this blog in order to do that very thing, to record the moments that are so easily forgotten. But a blog, like many other things, seems to have a lifecycle.

You start super keen. You write your heart out, capturing everything they do and say. It’s all so new and you need to share it. You have moments of joy and moments of terrible anguish. Then you level out a bit and your writing becomes less regular, more measured, possibly more structured and less spontaneous. You realise maybe people read it and so you censor yourself. The moments of ‘I must blog that’ become fewer. Until finally you blog maybe once every few months.

If your blog is for business then I’m sure that’s a problem. But when it’s purely and simply for your own memories then you feel an obligation to yourself to remember these things. Which in a way means you’re letting yourself down. And we all know how that feels. (Memories of school teachers “You’ve let your class down, you’ve let me down but most of all you’ve let yourself down..”)

So with that in mind I want to remember this from the other weekend. Him indoors had been out with the girls, they’d been swimming, the usual Saturday morning routine. We are both, thankfully, able to play proper music in the car now and not be dictated to by ‘fruity tunes’ or ‘travelling songs’ any longer. I never bought the Frozen soundtrack because I could think of nothing worse than having that bloody song playing on a loop while I tried to negotiate the M25, however I have given in to One Direction and their ilk. In fact I rather guiltily enjoy singing along with Eliza.

However, and before I get the actual point, I must just mention that Tilly’s favourite song right now is Luca by Suzanne Vega. I don’t think there’s anything wrong at all with a 5 year old singing cheerily along to a tune about domestic violence, after all I listened to that song when I was about 13 and literally had no idea what it was about. My sheltered life. However Suzanne’s poetic homage to the beautiful but tragic Luca is very carefully cloaked when you consider the rather more upfront description of a wasted youth and lost opportunity as described in the Passenger song Staring At The Stars. It contains the classic lines:

And all our girlfriends are long gone
We watch too much internet porn
Who needs love when you’ve got silicone and strap ons

Now I have to say, wrong as it most surely is, there is something VERY funny about listening to a 5 and a 7 year old make up the words they think he’s singing, which thank the Lord are not the actual words. Yes I should probably not play it but Eliza loves Passenger so I can’t deprive her.

So anyway, to the the point.

Him indoors come back giggling to himself. I ask what’s so funny.

“It’s Tilly singing along to Bob Marley.”

Ok, this is interesting, but I’m glad to hear their musical education is continuing (for a while Tilly’s favourite was Little Wing thanks to Him Indoors)

“She was singing ‘”Bottle of Soda” then she stopped and said, ‘”Daddy, Question.”

“How can you fight with a Rhino and how can you fight with a Survivo?”‘

He tried to tell her the words, but she was having none of it. From now on Buffalo Soldier is indeed Bottle of Soda and the long fight undertook by the aforementioned Soldiers was with Rhinos and Survivos. Entirely reasonable.

I am grasping the nettle of opportunity to find more music that I can persuade my children to listen to. I have done most of the classics, Stones, Beatles, some Dylan (not the really long songs as they just get bored), Neil Young they don’t like (weird voice Mummy), there is far more to come. I keep saying that when I’ve sorted out the house, which may be sometime in 2020 by the rate we are going, I will set my mind to it properly.

Until then I am just grateful not to have Disney classics on a loop.

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