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5/23/2006

Clap your hands! (But I feel so lonely…)

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How can I keep me from moving?
Now I need a change of scenery
Just listen to me I won’t pretend to
Understand the movement of the wind
Or the waves out in the ocean or how
Like the hours I change softly slowly
Plainly blindly oh me oh my!

– Clap Your Hands Say Yeah “Skin of my Yellow Country Teeth

The debut album from Clap Your Hands Say Yeah has been getting a lot of listening to from me. (Want to see?)

Besides being just a really good album full of really good music, it also makes me think of Randy. I can’t say why, exactly. Maybe it’s the blend of David Byrne and Robyn Hitchcock that CYHSY’s lead singer brings to the music. I’ve been thinking of Randy a lot lately. A new wife, a new son, new rooms in the home — I wish I could be there to witness them. Someday, maybe.

Hopefully.

5/11/2006

Now I know my ABCs…

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Most children begin recognizing some letters between the ages of 2 and 3 and can identify most letters between 4 and 5. This means that you can start teaching your child the alphabet when he’s around 2 — but don’t expect full mastery for some time

I think I had my mind blown tonight. Vivian, not quite 21 months old, read to me. All by herself.

Of course it was only one letter at a time, but still. She hardly has a vocabulary of twenty words, so reading sentences is still a bit beyond her reach. And she’s known her letters for some time. A couple months ago she began going over to her pile of letters and pull out the correct one when we asked, and recently she began saying their names herself. But I had no idea she’d put together that those black squiggly things in her beloved books were actually composed of individual letters.

We popped by a local diner on the way home from the farmer’s market today, just the two of us. I gave her a menu to keep her occupied while I figured out what I wanted. I’d not even got through the egg section when I hear her saying, “Aitch. You. Dee! Dee!” I sat my menu down and gave her my attention. She moved her finger from letter to letter, in order (I have no idea where she figured the left-to-right thing out), reciting as she went. “… Oh. You. Essssss. Eeeee!”

I waived the waitress off as Vivian opened her menu. She pointed at the omlette picture. “Numm numm!” Then she started right back into the words. Starting at the top left. “Bee. Arrrr. Eeee! Ay. Kay. Effff. Ay. Esssssss tee!” And on she went. And not just the headlines, and not even just the words. She moved her finger over a tiny ® — “Arrrr!”

I thought for sure we had at least a couple years before we had to think about home schooling or other options. I guess not…

5/10/2006

“Surprise” — Paul Simon’s Back

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If you leap awake in the mirror of a bad dream, and for a fraction of a second you can’t remember where you are, just open your window and follow your memory upstream. To the meadow in the mountain where we counted every falling star.

I believe the light that shines on you will shine on you forever (forever). And though I can’t guarantee there’s nothing scary hiding under your bed, I’m gonna stand guard like a postcard of a golden retriever. And never leave ’til I leave you with a sweet dream in your head.

I’m gonna watch you shine, gonna watch you grow. Gonna paint a sign so you’ll always know. As long as one and one is two.

There could never be a father who loved his daughter more than I love you.

Trust your intuition. It’s just like goin’ fishin’. You cast your line and hope you get a bite.

But you don’t need to waste your time worrying about the marketplace, try to help the human race. Struggling to survive its harshest night.

I’m gonna watch you shine, gonna watch you grow. Gonna paint a sign so you’ll always know. As long as one and one is two.

There could never be a father who loved his daughter more than I love you.

I’m gonna watch you shine, gonna watch you grow. Gonna paint a sign so you’ll always know. As long as one and one is two.

There could never be a father who loved his daughter more than I love you.

– Track Eleven, “Father and Daughter

Paul Simon has returned with a new album, a collaboration with Brian Eno, titled “Surprise“. I like what I’ve heard so far, but then the only album of his I didn’t care for (and don’t own) was the soundtrack to his Broadway musical from a few years back.

He’s taken the unusual step (for mainstream artists) of streaming the album on his website — several songs in their entirety and samples of the others.