Nearly two years ago I wrote a column that coincided with my debut child, Jonathan. My piece was about how music choices for parents have gotten better over the years. This is the follow-up, the sophomore release, of that column.
Jonathan will be two in July. The past year and a half or so have been insane, to put it mildy. It’s been like watching a tadpole morph into a frog, as each day he learns a new word, or a new "trick."
Picking the little guy up from daycare is a journey that’s about a half hour there and a half hour back depending on the traffic. Now, we’ve been through our share of "parent-friendly" kid’s CDs on this daily road trip. Since my last column, a few great (seriously) discs have come out. His, and our, favorite for months was Little Mo’ McCoury – a bluegrass disc by the famed family.
Then, about a week ago, we got Medeski, Martin, & Wood’s kiddie disc, Let’s Go Everywhere. Finally, we were able to take McCoury out of the CD player. Even the greatest music in the world can start to make you want to hit yourself in the head with a sledgehammer after the thousandth spin.
But, a few days back, a new milestone was reached. Routinely I can sneak in some of "my" music on the return trip, and Jonathan doesn’t make a peep – he’s either too busy staring out the window, babbling on about every car we pass, or launching Cheerios all over the back of my car (it’s awesome to get pegged in the head with breakfast cereal by a one-year-old, by the way.)
The Grateful Dead’s Live from the Cow Palace disc was on, specifically the second disc, and more specific than that, "Eyes of the World." Out of the corner of my eye, I see hands waving in the air. I hear the occasional clap.
Jonathan’s in full-on dance mode in the back seat, and it brought the hugest smile to my face.
Now, I’m not the biggest Dead fan, so it’s not so much the specific song or band, but the whole scene in general. It was great to see him completely digging the music – MY music for once.