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Skylar and I didn't end up doing what I'd wanted to do on my birthday tonight. But she played happily while I cooked and cleaned to New Order's Power, Corruption & Lies and The Cure's Faith, which was even better, in a way. It's rare that I get to listen to whole albums on the stereo when I'm not alone.

I didn't think she was paying attention, engrossed as she was in another Harry Potter adventure at the Lego table. Before The Cure's live version of "Faith" came on, I told her it was one of my all-time favorites. She seemed to nod, but I wasn't sure she had registered my words. When the song ended, I went to remove the CD, figuring that the live version of "Forever" would be too much for her. That number is pretty abrasive. This 2004 performance from Toronto is the closest I approximation I could find on YouTube of the version that appears on the second CD of the Faith reissue:

Instead of complaining, though, Skylar said, "No, leave this on. I like it." Needless to say, I beamed with pride. I usually let her listen to what she wants to hear, whether it be showtunes or ABBA. Her taste are unpredictable, though. Sometimes she even asks to hear the music I'm in the mood for. And sometimes -- frequently, to be honest -- I'm in the mood for the music she wants to hear. In this instance, the convergence of our preferences made for quite a late birthday present!

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gpratt From: gpratt Date: May 9th, 2009 08:16 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)

awesome tune

Happy birthday.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: May 9th, 2009 07:57 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)

Re: awesome tune

Thanks! I'm sending you an e-mail. . .
flw From: flw Date: May 9th, 2009 09:42 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Encouraging your children to listen to the Cure? She's going to rebel with Hanna Montana...
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: May 9th, 2009 04:09 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I have enouraged her to listen to Hannah Montana, too. I do worry about how her musical rebellion will manifest itself, but so far her taste preferences have seemed solidly hers.
siyeh From: siyeh Date: May 10th, 2009 06:50 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Happy belated, CB. I'm back, so be in touch.
barca_k From: barca_k Date: May 10th, 2009 02:59 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I don't know anything about being a father, but I do remember being a young son, & if Skylar is anything like me, one day in young adulthood she'll remember this birthday present she gave you.

She'll be talking music with a girlfriend or roommate at college & explaining how she came to love The Cure - & she'll be like, "Yeah, Dad played this stuff when I was little & I liked it. Never would've heard it otherwise."

One of the gifts my parents gave me was their music, which I never ever would have encountered otherwise (Dave Brubeck, Janis Joplin, &c.).

And I was made to love the Beatles in part because Mom used to play their songs & after each one she'd quiz me: "Okay, do you think this one is a Paul song or a John song-?" I would try to guess or figure out which one wrote it. Every Beatles song - "John or Paul-? Which one-?" Then of course once she played "Octopus's Garden" & I guessed Paul but it was a trick question & she laughed & I was left with the amazing idea that "Ringo wrote songs too-?" I loved that.

Anyway, sorry to go on.

Happy Birthday, dude-!
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