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Sometime around Halloween, Calvin piped up at dinner and said, "I want to learn how to read." When probed for the source of his sudden interest, he replied that "You need to know how to read to be able to use an iPod!"

The end justifies the means, right? [livejournal.com profile] canetoad pulled out the workbooks we used with Nina and they started working through them at bedtime. Calvin being Calvin, attention-span was an issue, but by the same token his glee at figuring out words and phonics and so forth lit up the room. There was a brief moment of iPod touch lust (over a lava lamp game, actually), but in a subsequent pillow conversation Calvin declared that it was all up to Santa which version he got and he mostly wanted to play his songs over and over again. Shortly thereafter, he read about half of _Go Dog, Go_ to me, including working out about 10 new words all on his own. Santa was satisfied, and Calvin received the same iPod Nano 4g that his father and sister own.

and what did he want to listen to? )
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Driving to the pet store with Nina and Rose, about a week ago. "Sheena is a punk rocker" comes on the radio. Nina looks at me and says, "This is the Beach Boys, right?"

I was dumbstruck. I thought briefly of calling a moratorium on the Jonas Brothers and Miley Cyrus until she demonstrated a modicum of understanding of the rock/pop back catalog, but then I remembered that a college acquaintance once asked, while "Stairway to Heaven" was playing, "Oh wow, is this Rush?"

So we all have our little blind spots, you know. She has access to, conservatively, over 300 days worth of uninterrupted, non-repeating music in this house, if she decides such things are important :)
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Some time ago (en route to [livejournal.com profile] crisper and [livejournal.com profile] cda's baby shower?), in need of car music we all could handle, I loaded a playlist of Seamus Kennedy songs. I saw Seamus perform at the late lamented Ireland's Own pub in Old Town Alexandria probably 200 times in the early 90's.

Then, after mentioning them in a response to [livejournal.com profile] ilanarama, I put on an old VHS tape of the the King's Singers.

And I remain, as has been noted, a damned dirty hippie.

So this is what we have been singing lately )
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Before her bedtime this evening, Nina was in my studio composing something she called "Alien Fiesta". This consisted mostly of a high pitched arpeggiated line that was not a little agitating (think "Ventolin"), overlayed with some completely arbitrary howling, screeching, modwheel wankery on the SH-101. I mean, she was rocking it, Roky Erickson Captain Beefheart style.

So she turns to me and asks for help with the drums. We dial around the kits on the MPC until she says "That one, that one! I like that sound right there", and gee, what do you know, it's the TR-808 hi-hat. What can I say, she knows what works.

"pssssh-pt-pt-pssssh-pt-pt-pssssh-psssh-psssh"

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