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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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From: marcegoodman Date: August 28th, 2005 07:16 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Lovely. Robert Christgau once called Waterloo Sunset "the most beautiful song in the English language." And it just might be. I myself set "Decatur" on auto-repeat for at least a couple of days early on in my time with Illinois. Our sons, now 2 & 1/2, love a song from Victoria Williams'
Water to Drink called Claude. They ask for it by its refrain "shabba do be do be dum".
From: e4q Date: August 28th, 2005 07:58 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
elliot smith does a nice version
_luaineach From: _luaineach Date: August 28th, 2005 08:04 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I was in paradise.

From: (Anonymous) Date: August 29th, 2005 03:45 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)

me too

Waterloo Sunset has been a favorite song of mine for six years--ever since I first heard it--and it often makes it on to mixes that I make for people. For some reason, I thought I was the only one thought who thought it was special--that it was my secret beautiful song. So I have mixed reactions when I find out that other people love it too. I feel like I got it right--loving it and thinking it lovely, but I also feel a little sad because I thought that the song and I had a intimate relationship. That it was my song and no one else's. But I am happy to share it with you and Skylar. Dree W.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: August 29th, 2005 03:57 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)

Re: me too

How's it going out there, Dree? I miss knowing that you're around.

And I know what you mean about discovering that a special song is shared by many. I've had similar realizations. But still: when Bob Christgau -- "the dean of American rock critics" -- says that "your" song is the greatest song in the English language, that's pretty neat. I didn't know that he'd written that, even though I'm familiar with a lot of his work.

We listened to "Waterloo Sunset" on auto-repeat for twenty minutes today at Skylar's insistence. You know it's a really good song when you hear it seven times in a row and notice something new each time and like it even better at the end of it all than you did at the beginning.
kdotdammit From: kdotdammit Date: August 29th, 2005 05:07 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)

Re: me too

That was thirty minutes dude. You were in the shower for ten minutes of it. Every minute of the thirty minutes was sublime.
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