Charlie Bertsch (cbertsch) wrote,
Charlie Bertsch
cbertsch

Paradise

The other day, when Skylar was sleeping soundly during the time when she's normally awake and getting ready for school, I decided to play some of her favorite songs on the stereo to ease her into consciousness. I played Wilco's "The Lonely One," The Velvet Underground's "Femme Fatale," and Sufjan Stevens's "Decatur." But I started with "Waterloo Sunset" by The Kinks.

It went over so well that I decided to put it on again this morning. Fully awake this time, the Bean requested that I play it several times over, musing on the lyrics as she used to when she was a four-year-old, particularly the chorus: "As long as I gaze on/Waterloo Sunset/I am in paradise." And then tonight, as I read her two classic "dad" books in her room before bed -- Du und Ich, Kleiner Bär and Piero Ventura's Cities -- she started singing the tune into her pretend microphone. "That's a really good song, dad." I was in paradise.
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