I also have a 16-month-old son, whom I have been referring to as Sven, Jr., pictured here:
I have been reflecting on Sven Jr.'s blog name, looking for a defining characteristic that can be summed up in one descriptive term. This weekend, I believe I found it: Dexy. As in, Dexy's Midnight Runners? As in, the band that recorded one of the greatest '80's songs ever, "Come On Eileen?" Let me explain.
I believe I have referenced before on this blog my love for countdown-type shows, often featured on VH-1. I Love the '70's, I Love the '80's, I Love the '90's, I Love Toys...these all fill me with varying degrees of delight. However, I really love the ones with titles like "100 Greatest Songs of the '80's." Those occupy me for days, as I track down song after song on iTunes. I especially love the '80's countdowns because they show video clips, which bring back memories of me sneaking out to the living room to watch a brand-new station called MTV, which only showed music videos, and which my mother was convinced would send the entire nation into a seething mass of immorality, hence the sneaking. Fortunately, my dad really liked MTV, too, so I got to watch a fair amount of it after Mom went to bed. (Sorry, Mom. In his defense, Dad only let me watch if I was quiet enough that he could legitimately say he hadn't noticed me there.)
The newest compilation countdown to appear on VH-1 could only have been designed for me, so rapturous was my reception of it: 100 Greatest One-Hit Wonders of the '80's. So this weekend, Sven, Jr. and I sat together and watched commentary on some of the best music ever produced.
Sven Jr. loved it. Remember his instant reaction to Beyonce's "Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)"? That paled in comparison to his instant affinity to the song "Mickey". His thumb popped out of his mouth as a wide grin stretched across his face, and his little foot began to stomp as those timeless lyrics wafted out over us:
"Oh, Mickey, you're so fine,
You're so fine, you blow my mind,
Hey Mickey! Hey Mickey!"
-(William Shakespeare, As If You Liked It Or Something, Act IV, Scene 25)
Okay, so it's not Shakespeare. It's Toni Basil, a choreographer who still works with such red-hot celebrities as Bette Midler and Reese Witherspoon. The point is, as each of these songs from my youth spun out, Sven Jr./Dexy got more and more excited. The high point, though, was that song that VH-1 determined was the greatest One-Hit Wonder of the 80's: "Come On Eileen." That song has always just made me happy. I remember when I was in my early 20's, I would listen to that song (which was already an oldie) just to feel good. I actually made a mix tape that featured that song four or five times per side.
It would seem, then, that little Dexy's affinity for '80's music is come by honestly. I plan to encourage this, as I have encouraged Princess' love for Andy Williams and the score from Hairspray. I think I'll have a lot more fun encouraging Dexy, this time, though...