Thursday, February 21, 2013
Music hath charms
About two years ago I ran a poll on the eve of the birth of the Hatchling, asking if we should have a girl or a boy. Well, now the truth is dawned on me - we had a Yokel.
For about 18 months I thought we had a little girl. Whenever we took her anywhere in the car she would shout out "Baa-baa song! Baa-baa song!" until we put her favourite nursery rhymes on to play. If I ever tried to put on the radio or play something more, shall we say, sophisticated, she would say, "No Dada music. Baa-baa song!" - all of which is consistent with my initial diagnosis of Little Girl Syndrome.
Then about 6 months ago I found that if I sang to her in my best Johnny Cash voice that she quite liked it - at least for a song or two. Danny Boy was her favourite, but she also liked Folsom Prison Blues and Ring Of Fire. At that stage I was thinking that perhaps she was actually a Redneck. Not that there's anything wrong with that.
This morning, though, I was playing bluegrass by Bela Fleck and Earl Scruggs in the car while driving her off to child-care, and she was loving it. She was slapping her knees with both hands, and laughing. When I asked her if she liked the music she said it was "Funny!", which is her all-purpose term of approval. She also pointed at the sky and said, "Yee-hah!", which is something she picked up from the song She'll Be Coming Round The Mountain. It was a real hoedown in the back seat of my car. And that was when I knew - she's a Yokel.
Just like Dada :)