Kickin' It Old School
Lisa gave me Elton John's Goodbye Yellow Brick Road CD for my birthday. It was one of the first albums my sister Sarah and I bought together to play on the Sears stereo we shared in the early '70s. We had good taste. Elton and Bernie Taupin wrote great songs back then, and this musical exploration of various kinks and bad habits has some of their best stuff.
Listening to Elton John and other old favorites with Elijah and Sydney is fun because we get to hear the music with fresh ears. I thought "Candle in the Wind" had been ruined forever after it was hijacked for Princess Di, but listening to it with an 8-year-old who just watched her first Marilyn Monroe movie (we rented "Some Like it Hot") was a revelation.
Syd also likes "Grey Seal" and "Saturday Night's Alright (for Fighting)." It's funny how Elton pulls off a passable hard rock song in "Saturday Night" but on the third chorus he just has to kill the Jerry Lee Lewis keyboard run in favor of an organ squeal that betrays him as a visitor from glitterland.
Elijah is developing a taste for Led Zeppelin, and Ziggy Stardust-era Bowie is getting a lot of play on the way to day camp. Both kids appreciate Jerry Garcia and scorn the Britney/'N Sync sound. Soon they will learn to disdain our tastes in many things, but this is great while it lasts.