Thursday, January 21, 2010

"Eclectic" Sounds Nicer Than "Schizo"

Princess is showing signs of having unusual taste in music.  When we go home, we plug in my iPod and put it on random, allowing the children to sample a more varied fare than the typical "kids music" genre allows.

Her favorite artists and songs right now are:

1. Lou Reed.  She loves "Perfect Day," a song I will always associate with heroin overdoses (not my own).

2. Lady Gaga.  Princess is a fan of "Bad Romance," especially the "Ra-ma, oh, ra-ma, Ga-ga, oh, la la" part.  Mommy doesn't believe that Princess understands the lone bad word used in the song, but she coughs very loudly in the same spot every time.

3. Loreena McKennitt.  "Deb," you may be saying, "what on earth is wrong with Princess liking the mellow Celtic stylings of Loreena McKennitt?"  Not a thing, if that was what Princess liked.  No, Princess doesn't go in for the Enya-style, new age, gentle, harmonious, harp-filled Irish tunes.  What Princess likes is Loreena McKennit's version of "The Lady of Shallott," (see painting below) in which she sings the poem by Tennyson in its entirety, taking just under 12 minutes, and we have to listen to every bit of it.

Princess has informed me that it is "her" song.  Until we get to this one:

4. She loves "Johanna" from Sweeney Todd, and has told me several times that Johnny Depp is "her boyfriend."  Sven keeps shaking his head and telling me that, when she's old enough to watch the movie, she'll be devastated at what she thought was a sweet, loving character actually being a cold-blooded, crazy killer.  I tell him she'll be fine; after all, my love for Dr. Frankenfurter didn't harm me in any way I can detect.  For some reason, that response always gets me rolled eyes and a patient sigh.  I don't know what he's fussing about.  I'm saving the Rocky Horror soundtrack for when she turns 5.

These last two artists, even I have no excuse for.  I can't imagine how I allowed my child to become exposed to the likes of:


I am so ashamed.  This clearly calls for a dose of Beastie Boys, stat.  We'll get through this.  At least we haven't hit rock bottom:

 Jewish Elvis, indeed...

Monday, January 18, 2010

Misc Pics

As of last week, Sven and I have been together for 16 years.  Here is the first formal picture we took together, from 1994:

Here is a snapshot of us from Christmas of 1995:

Here we are at a party in the late '90's, I think.  Sven's older brother, Lars, used to have a Skirt Party every year, in which all of the men wore skirts, most much more elaborate than Sven's.

Our wedding day:

In the five years after our wedding, I had my interests...

...and Sven had his.

We have always been in love.

In 2005, Princess was born.

Dexy followed two years later.

We're very happy.

Have a great week.