Eli Turns 8 (with accompanying soundtrack)
This guy is 8 now. He likes to say he’s part Bigfoot. Which he might be. Since his feet are bigger than mine.
It’s been a few years since we’ve done a birthday mix, but Eli had enough songs he’s obsessed with right now to fill an hour. Need a snapshot into the brain of my kid? Here you go. I’ve included links to the music and “Monty Python skits” by my own kids.
I’ll leave you to figure out which songs Eli heard on his own, and which songs he heard in our house from his mother who treats every day like it’s her college radio show.
1. Call Me Maybe by Carly Rae Jepson. Yeah, ok, this song is super catchy and now I love it too. Fine.
2. Dynamite by Taio Cruz. Thank you, last year’s 4th grade talent show, for this one.
3. Something Completely Different by Henry. A Monty-Python-inspired thought piece.
4. Mickey by Toni Basil. Yeah, sorry about that.
5. Tania by Camper Van Beethoven. Good song to inspire Eli, learning fiddle.
6. Ramona’s Mustache Song by Ramona. She sang this after the boys sang their mustache song, which is number 27.
7. Me and Julio Down By the Schoolyard by Paul Simon.
8. Don’t Carry It All by The Decemberists. I just blew Eli’s mind when I told him that the people singing this song also wrote Wildwood. It was a mistake on my part. Now he’ll never think I’m cool. Also, Ramona thinks this song is about cleaning up your toys. Like: don’t carry it ALL, just carry whatever you can, bird by bird, to the toy box, until it’s clean, or until you throw a tantrum and get put down for a nap or whatever.
9. Britches Full of Stitches by Eli. I share this link, telling you that Eli hasn’t been playing fiddle for that long. I love these clips for what they’ll be later, when he’s better.
10. Rudie Can’t Fail by The Clash. Eli says, “I thought this song was total nonsense and gibberish until I listened to it more.”
11. Pressure Drop by The Specials.
12. Little Red Caboose by Zuzu. I think she’s supposed to be singing? It’s more of a monotone rap, really.
13. Bad Coffee by Ed’s Redeeming Qualities.
14. I Want Candy by Bow Wow Wow.
15. It’s the End of the World As We Know It and I Feel Fine by R.E.M. I already said this somewhere, but I felt like I could check of some little parenting box when I taught Eli the importance of yelling, “Leonard Bernstein!” during this song.
16. Girls Just Want to Have Fun by Cyndi Lauper.
17. Finale from Bedknobs and Broomsticks. Eli considers this scene in Bedknobs and Broomsticks to be the finest scene in the history of movies.
18. Bonnie Tammie Scolla by Eli. Another fiddle song. Henry sings on this one.
19. Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious from Mary Poppins.
20. The ABCs by Ramona. It’s like she’s learning nothing in preschool.
21. Who Shot the Bartender? by Eli and Henry. This is audio evidence of our failure as parents. Our kids think British accents, bartenders, and guns are funny. I’m sorry. (I do super love Henry’s British Lady accent, though.) (And the part where he yells, “Avocado!”) (Ok, fine, I also maybe think this is audio evidence of our parental success. It’s hard to know.)
22. Vieux Amis by Victoria Williams. Another good fiddley song.
23. Friday I’m in Love by The Cure.
24. If I Should Fall from Grace with God by The Pogues.
25. The Lovecats by The Cure.
26. Little Red Caboose by Ramona. Her version of this, 12 seconds after hearing Zuzu’s version.
27. The Mustache Song by Eli and Henry. They’re justifiably proud of making this one up.