This is Harley's new favorite song.
He sings it throughout the day and when we are driving, I'm instructed to please put "Way UP" on repeat... Who is this kid? I mean, yes we expose him to what we believe to be good music, art, ideas, etc... but it doesn't mean he has to like it, or to respond to it as he does. He is as obsessed or more with this song as I was the first time I heard it.
One day this week, I was instructed to please take out the "Steve Songs" CD (Mr. Steve is a PBS kid's star)and put in the Dean Martin CD.... Oh LORD! He used to also do this with his compilation CD: featuring Dylan, the Beatles, Cake, Keb Mo, Harry Conick, etc... so this is not entirely new. However, by instructing me to take out the kid icon CD, Mr. Steve, and replace it with the Dean Martin CD was unprecedented! (He adores Mr. Steve~)
Yesterday, we spent the whole day swimming at a public pool. Griffin went from singing an old Dean Martin standard, "Dance with me" to "Way UP!" Nobody around us knew what he/we were singing, but we did. And our glee was uncontainable. We finally cooled off (it's been rather hot in these parts) and were able to do it OUTside! The only way it could have been better is if they sold ice cream. They do not.
.If you have a few minutes, watch this clip. It's the ending to the Divine Ya Ya movie, and it's precious.
I sometimes get a little wistful wondering how many other kids would love these kinds of songs and keep them alive, and sew a thread from our shared artistic/cultural history to our present... and future. And if it will happen..? I hope so.