Wednesday, May 23, 2012

fingerpaint a smiley face on the sun

Richmond, VA
My oldest jams to Taylor Swift, my youngest, Toby Mac
& i am trying to listen to the new Train CD i bought my wife,
for our anniversary, sixteen years this week
& everyone is singing---

     ♪ Take a breathe and soon i bet you'll see
     without you I would never be me ♪
     ♪ I put my hand on the wheel before I change my mind
     I put my foot to the floor and I start to fly ♪
     ♪ Long live the walls we crashed through

     While the kingdom lights shined just for me and you ♪

A man sits a bench waiting for the bus, a shop owner
shakes out the welcome mat, joining in the chorus
of cars & bikes & aeroplanes flying in some tourist,
headphoned boy has got the beat, bopping as he
moves his feet, a lady step-pop'n drags her walker
'cross the steet, each person has their own tune
if you take the time to listen, yeah, everyone is singing

     ♪ Just sing together it's the least I can do
     My final gift to you oo-oo-oo ♪

'Dad, can you keep it down, I am trying to hear
my music.'

'Oh, sorry.'

♪ Yeah, everyone is singing. ♪

'DAD!'

'Okay, okay...'

written for Imperfect Prose & Theme Thursday

Lyrics from (in order) Train ~  Sing Together, Toby Mac ~ Get Away Car & Taylor Swift ~ Long Live.

70 comments:

CiCi said...

Dad!!! How funny. We are all tuned in to our own thing, aren't we? I hope that at least most of it is pleasant.

Tara Pohlkotte said...

i remember how mortifying my dad's taste in music seemed. now i can't hear "fire and rain" without tearing up, remembering those moments spent together. ...still needs new music though :)

Helen said...

CiCi is right about tuning into our 'own thing' ... my mother would have dialogue with TV programs coming from her roommate's side of their Memory Care apartment ~~ which always made me laugh.

Gloria said...

nice song LOL

Frank Watson said...

Lol that was a funny story. Everybody loves their music, but the tastes are all different. Connected, yet apart.

Amazing how quickly we grow outdated. I just found out that many elementary school students use e-books instead of paper books. I hadn't realize this began so young. Now I'm a mid-30s dinosaur....

Gloria said...

The kids are awesome :)

Sue said...

I can relate to this...

;)

PS. Although, now that they're "old," my kids love all our old-fogie music. It has become dear to them.

Beth said...

Everyone is singing. Some are sad tunes, some are happy, while others are simply trying to escape with the beat, but we all need to stop and listen to each others' songs. At least that's what I'm hearing from listening to your song today, Brian. :)

Eva Gallant said...

I, too, remember fondly the songs my Dad sang, especially on car trips!

Pat Hatt said...

LOL such fun to sing aloud
And say it proud
As all come and go
Letting their lyrics flow
Even if one is loud
By creating a crowd
That do all the same
Singing not so tame

Claudia said...

each person has their own tune
if you take the time to listen... that is really cool and love how you capture the different people as well..and i know that you take the time to listen to the sound of the people around you..smiles

Matt said...

The lyrics made me really sad honestly, but the story was funny. I don't know what to feel now.

Daydreamertoo said...

LOL... Chloe thinks it's very fine when SHE sings out loud to her music... as soon as I start she asks me to stop!
Something wrong with that picture.
LOL
Loved this happy read :)

kaykuala said...

We never know until it happens. Every one likes his music for which he is ready to hear.But he is not ready to hear what others like. This mild conflict will find Dad giving way. Great write Brian!

Hank

happygirl said...

The story of singing to the music and being critiqued by your kids is precious. I remember playing "headphones" in college. Put on the headphones and sing along to the music. Hilarious.

Daniel said...

Love this one. Just when you thought your were cool ... or at least tolerated.

Mary said...

Neat that everyone is into music of one kind or another. I can picture the scene.... This morning I just downloaded Train's "Hey Soul Sister" via my I-Tunes account. Love that one! Sing on!

^.^ said...

... reminds me of this scenario: ... my son practicing his electric guitar with amps on full blast: Dooiingg,screeech,doooiiinggg ... "Paul! Can you keep it down, please?" (Repeat x 10)... then: "Ok, mom" ...then... plink, plonk, plink(sound of the guitar unplugged from the amp :)

Who Is Afraid Of Miss Lovett? No, Mrs.Lovett... said...

"A man sits a bench waiting for the bus..."

Hi! Brian...
You have a once again, captured a mood so very well...I have this same feeling when listening to my iPod when out and about:"each person has their own tune if you take the time to listen, yeah, everyone is singing..."

Tks, for sharing your very descriptive [poetic] words this Wednesday.
deedee ;-D

Tara Miller said...

Funny how they fuss at us for interrupting them while they NEVER interrupt us, right?! Fun family moments chaos...I love it.

janae said...

Whether music is playing or not, we do all move to our own song. I'll be keeping this in mind today.

Zuzana said...

Dear Brian, each generation has it's own music, so has each time in ones life.;) The boys are too young to understand.;) One day they will play a different tune when they celebrate the same milestone and maybe they will remember this moment.;)
Decided to post today to displace that other post, how annoying is that.;) Have a great evening dear Brian, when you get there.;) And a happy continuous 16 years anniversary celebration.;)
xoxo

Vicki Lane said...

What a great concept! And everyone's music changes with their moods.

Fred Rutherford said...

awesome combination of music and poetry, always a fine line between the two, but I've always seen the two existing one in the same, just have to know where to look to find it…which gets me to how you perfectly displayed the poetry/song in daily life, as it really is all around you everyday of every hour, what some call noise, others call life…just have to know where to look (art), or be open to listen. Great write.

Alice Audrey said...

LOL. That last bit of dialogue would fit in my household if you change "Dad" to "Mom".

Rachel Hoyt said...

LOVE the title of this post and truly enjoyed the way you wove together those lyrics. :) Bravo.

tera said...

Awesome. Congrats on the anniversary! :)

Myrna R. said...

So sweet. Congrats again.

Everyone is singing,
inventing their own song
to wish you and Tara
the greatest marriage of all.

Oh my goodness, this is so corny. Sorry. But have a happy day.

Dolly@Soulstops said...

Happy belated anniversary to you and Tara! sweet image of you all being together with your own music :) Thanks for sharing the different sounds all @

Friko said...

Fund and games at Brian's place.
Watch those don't leave you behind.

Dea said...

Happy Anniversary! Turn it up. You are giving your kids a gift. You know they really "get you" when they have to call your down!! Congrats!!

DJan said...

Dad! Keep it down! :-)

Laurie Kolp said...

I love this... everyone singing to their own tune (in more ways than one).

hedgewitch said...

Musical and fun in every way, with those little Miller touches of atmosphere and depth to keep it real. I have absolutely no idea who any of those artists are(well, Taylor Swift sounds vaguely familiar--country?) does that mean I'm old?

Don't answer that.

Happy anniversary and happy singing, bri.

Ramblings by Carol Nuckols said...

My father liked the Grand Ol' Opry and Porter Wagoner. Talk about corny (to us kids, back then). He was country waaaaay before country was cool. Wish I'd been paying attention. There would have been room for Porter Wagoner and the Beatles.

Quotes,Photos and a little Poetry said...

Awwww. cute and funny. get living and getting stronger. Blessings and smiles.

Magpie said...

Smiles...my daughter really doesn't like it when I sing out loud. I mean, I don't blame her. It really is awful, but it makes me feel happy and light somehow. :)

Modern Day Disciple said...

Happy Anniversary. Rock on, Dad!

Mama Zen said...

This sounds familiar!

Betsy said...

haha...don't feel bad. Everyone here rolls their eyes if they catch me sining into my wooden spoon mic. :) And I jam way too loud while driving. haha.

Grace said...

I like that everyone is connected through music. Its the same here too, everyone is listening to their own thing.

Happy day to you Brian ~

Deus Ex Machina said...

Sounds exactly like my house. I usually have my headphones in and singing at the top of my lungs, though. I can empty a house faster than six-legged rat.

Laurie Collett said...

I'm singing, too, just reading this! I read part of a book by an evangelical pastor who had a near-death experience -- as he approached Heaven, he was in awe of what seemed to be an infinite number of different songs of praise all being sung at once, yet all in perfect harmony! Yet another blessing to look forward to!

Ostriches Look Funny said...

This is so fun. It reminds me of my house where my four year old skips songs on Pandora and yells at me if I skip Led Zeppelin. Who's kid is he anyway?

and for the record I like Led Zeppelin when I'm in college or drinking wine in peace. Not so much when everyone is yelling about what color plate they got and the baby is trying to climb up my leg.

ipenka said...

Haha, hope you sing better than my dad. He sounded like a dying cat.

Annmarie Pipa said...

happy anniversary!
my kids are listening to what we listened to in college..I think that is very strange.

darkangelwrites said...

Made me think of August Rush the movie. The idea of music being "in" the world. Big smiles.

Kris said...

I like this one very much. Bus stops are always an interesting place to watch life going by. I prefer the smaller ones though, as the bus malls can be rather unsavoury at both ends of the day!

I always read a book at the stop and on the bus itself to and from work, and have noticed the increasing multitude of noise coming from every direction. School kids, office workers, blokes heading to building sites all with earphones blaring out all manner of noise: podcasts, Lady Gaga, gangsta rap, heavy guitar riffs, the lot. It does wear you down!

elizabeth said...

LOVE it! My hubs is always up on the current happenings in music, me, I'm an old fuddy duddy.

elizabeth said...

LOVE it! My hubs is always up on the current happenings in music, me, I'm an old fuddy duddy.

Elizabeth Young said...

It gets better Brian, much, much better! LOL

Valerie said...

Who is Trains...lolol. Sorry, Brian, couldn't resist that.

SueAnn Lommler said...

Too funny!! Singing a bit to loud, huh pop? Ha!!
I can blast away here...no one around!! Oh Yeah!!
Hugs
SueAnn

Dave King said...

Oh, I've participated in just that exchange so often in the past!
Great story with it, though!

RD said...

all for one and.....well, all for one

dig

the walking man said...

It once was the other way around PEOPLE TRY TO PUT US DOWN---my father hated that song, which of course made me crank it up louder until I blew the speakers in his car.

manicddaily said...

Ha! very cute. k.

ps congrats

Kodjo Deynoo. said...

The family relationship and the telling off by the child to the parent is something, I can relate to
It is what my daughter does best

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ladyfi said...

Wonderful rhythm in this.

16 years - congrats!

Emily Wierenga said...

okay i loved this. i loved the glimpse into your personal life. and i love train.

poeticlicensee said...

"fingerpaint a smiley face on the sun", title terrific...

Karen said...

I'll take Train over Taylor Swift every day of the week! :)

Great post!

Alexis said...

Brian,
Happy 16 years this week!
I'm a people watcher and I love that everyone has their own tune. Your words made me smile!

ayala said...

Nice :) sounds familiar :)Happy sixteen and many many more!!!!

missing moments said...

Yep, we are all marching to or own tunes. And that ain't bad!

PattiKen said...

Enjoy it. You'll blink, and right before your eyes, your boys will become you while your grandkids roll there eyes.

lifeisaroadtrip said...

Oh, Happy Anniversary to you and your lovely wife. Love Train. Love Train, get it?

:-)

adan said...

great touches with the boy, yea ;-) the musics all trying to blend and fit ;-)

and really liked,

"a lady step-pop'n drags her walker
'cross the steet, each person has their own tune
if you take the time to listen..."

nice nice brian ;-)

great image too btw!

Syd said...

Sing it loud, Brian. Listened to music and sang some this weekend on the boat. We laugh and hug each other in our silliness. It's what life is about--singing loudly and often.