Tuesday, August 24, 2010

I can serenade and gently play on your heartstrings

Last night on our way to the birthday party we were listening to "Somebody to Love," and Captain America asked, "Is this Mika?"

You know those moments you have as a parent, like when your kid gets caught printing money or pronounces 'facade' as 'fuh-kodd,' and you realize that you have completely, totally failed? That's how I felt. I don't mind Mika, I think his songs are catchy and fun. But that I have shirked my responsibility as a cultural mentor so extremely as to have this occur . . . it is sorrowful. What should have happened was the first time we heard "Grace Kelly" Captain America should have said, "This guy sort of sounds like Freddie Mercury--hey! He's talking about Freddie Mercury!"

I thought I was doing okay. I'm not a rabid Queen fan or anything, but their contribution to and influence on popular music is significant and impressive. We used to listen to the maroonish Greatest Hits album pretty often until Captain America (who was about three at the time) starting singing the words to "Good Old-Fashioned Lover Boy," and I took that as a sign that he had successfully internalized the Queen sound and we could stop listening to it. Sigh. I see that we have much remedial instruction before us.


sheryl said...

I think in the current musical/popular culture climate the fact that your offspring can hear the correlation between Mika and Freddie is nothing to be ashamed of. You can work on cause and effect later.

tipsybaker said...

I recently enjoyed a brief obsession with Freddie Mercury after seeing a movie where they showed a clip of him in concert. Have you ever watched those old concert videos? Oh my gosh. If not, you should. They're hilarious, sexy, and really, really strange to watch in 2010. He was phenomenal.

Layne said...

Sheryl, your words bring me comfort. I will remember them the next time my kids can't tell the difference between Paul's and John's voices.

Tipsy, I have seen some bits and pieces. He really was a singular talent. Once someone made a sniffy comment about how he didn't like Queen, because of Freddie Mercury's moral dissolution, and John and I were like, "Umm, Tchaikovsky?"