Monday, July 28, 2008

Mad Musical Monday.

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Children are so truthful. I love their unconcealed honesty, especially when it reveals something that must be shared to the internets.

Last week while out by the pool, my niece Eliza heard Muse's hauntingly beautiful tune, "Blackout" floating from my iPod. The instant the music began, Eliza stood transfixed, completely unmoving. After a minute of her trance, she slowy began to tip-toe around the iPod dock, trying to clear the area without coming near the source of the music. Moments from breaking her spell with a jubilant, "Woooo, Lizee--we love us some Muse, huh?" she looked up at me with fear in her eyes and exclaimed,
"Lola...I scared of the song!"

I tried not to laugh, because it was indeed precious. She was scared of the song. Love her little adorable heart. Of course we did the iPod shuffle and got rid of the scary number. Maybe when she's a bit older I'll be able to reintroduce her to the wonder that is Muse. Until then, here's "Blackout," one of my favorites by a very swell band.



Reconfiguring the iPod jukebox was probably a wise move on my part. Immediately following Muse was Aqualung's "Strange and Beautiful," also moody and melancholy, and one of my favorites. I'm sure it would've scared Eliza, too, and we just can't have that now, can we? But y'all should listen to it, at least...it is rather fabulous.


I am trying to be her most favorite aunt, of course...so we'll save the morose tunes for later. Meanwhile, I worked myself back into her good graces with the silver Mary Janes and sparkly brown sneakers I found for her at Target. Of course I got the matching ones for my two girls, as well. Once Eliza saw her new shoes, scary songs were completely forgotten. Sometimes retail therapy is what it's all about.

But I still love Muse and Aqualung...just so y'all know.

21 comments:

Kelly said...

dang, that is not fair. i thought i was a big deal because i got danny a pair of lightning mcqueen sandals on clearance for $3. but nooooo...you had to go get sparklies and maryjanes. just for that: i'm going to stuportarget.

Debbie said...

"I am trying to be her most favorite aunt..." That is sooooooo funny....then you best start playing HSM and Kids Bop out by the pool if you want to claim that title! Well, sparkly brown sneakers and a bag of M&M's don't hurt either ;)

Melissa said...

Good thing she didn't hear or see "Lullaby" by The Cure.....a tad bit creepy. My stepbrother used to freak me out with that video....

Lula! said...

Melissa--"Lullabye" is on that particular playlist on my iPod--and yeah, glad she didn't hear it. I love it, though--in a freaky kind of way!

iPost said...

I agree with your niece. "I scared of that music." ;0)

No melancholy for me. I am depressed enough already!

CaraBee said...

I love those melancholy songs!

I am also easily mollified with a pair of fab shoes. Retail therapy is a beautiful thing.

Drama Mama said...

Oh girl- DramaMama is retail therapy!!! I had some last night at Ann Taylor Loft online!!!
Glad you like your frames- we had fun making them-
We tried to match your colors best we could!

Kat said...

I had never even heard of Muse before...so I'm glad I got a chance to listen. Never heard Aqualung either - except the Jethro Tull version. I like the Aqualung...not so much the Muse.

And now I am feeling the need to go to Target for brown sparkly shoes...

Hot Tub Lizzy said...

I look foward to looking at this post tonight at home so I can hear the songs.

Gert is stuck on the Enchanted soundtrack lately.

I'm stuck on sappy love songs. I have no idea why.

notsosahm said...

Hmmm, Aqualung I could handle...sometimes. Muse...not so much. I'm with Lizzy, I scared of the song. It does remind me of music vampires would use to make love to, so I see why you like it :) Don't ask how I know what music vampires would listen to to get it on. I'm just guessing. I was glad to finally hear Muse though.

scargosun said...

I understand the concept of scary songs. All my husband's depressing crap that he listened to in college and high school scares me.

Brandy said...

Aqualung = not bad, Muse = not so much. I prefer upbeat tempos...but that's just me and I'll listen to anything really.

Saving The Day said...

I'm coming out of the closet. I love Muse! But I didn't know there were others out there. Seriously! Knight of Cydonia is one of my favorites on my iPod - and I always thought, "gee, I hope no one ever finds out that I love this song!" Yep, now I'm coming out ... I LOVE THAT SONG! Ü

sippycupsandblackberries said...

Too cute - and I do love the songs. Downloading to iTunes now !!

PS - I used the baby powder at the beach trick the other day and it was the most amazing thing ever. All the sand on my little man's privates immediately disappeared. Wowser!

Veggie Mom said...

Muse and Aqualung are great, but I understand your niece's concern.:) When my youngest was a tyke, she was scared of anything by the Rolling Stones. Every time she heard Mick Jagger's ragged intonations, she'd say, "Make him stop!" The kid was wiser than we knew, back then! :)

TheRightWife said...

/Gush. *Swoon* How I adore Muse! Of course, I grew up with the Moody Blues, so it isn't too much of a stretch for me to like another melancholy band hailing from Britain :)

Insane Mama said...

Keep on her, she will come around and soon be singing along with you. Or just keep buying herstuff as bribery to love "your" music.

Greg said...

again, you are the only person I know who loves muse as much as me! I like to mow the yard to this cd. 1000 cool points to you.

Rhea said...

You are the best aunt ever, buying your niece shoes!! I'll have to remember that approach. My nieces like me, but I'm the mother of "those boy cousins" who torment them...

You're introducing me to all new music, girlfriend!

Karen said...

She probably wanted dancing music!!

A Kiwi group called 'Split Enz' which I really liked, used to give my twins the heebie jeebies when they were little. As soon as they came on the radio or TV, they'd both start screaming. They weren't too keen on 'Kiss' either. I think it was the costumes and makeup that both bands wore..

Kristen Schiffman said...

Your choice in music? A-W-E-S-O-M-E! Even your iPod rotation sidebar slot has me clapping with glee.