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Better than the original

Let’s start with the obvious. There is not question as to who owns this 80’s gem:

With no disrespect to Bob Dylan, I love this cover by Magnet. I wouldn’t say better, but it’s goooood:

Ted Leo covering Kelly Clarkson/the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. Genius. So enjoyable in fact, that I couldn’t even be mad about the most perfect pop song ever not having original guitar riffs:

I found this video via So Fawned yesterday (which is fabulous blog btw). 5000% of Beyonce fans are actually hipsters. Who knew:

What covers do you think are better than the original?

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Owen’s Church Shenanigans

Like many churches, Highland has a “children’s time.” Truth be told, this little segment of Sunday worship is just as much for the adults in the congregation as it is for the kiddos. Today I asked Owen if he wanted to go up to the front when Rev. Keith signaled the youngest of the congregation for children’s time.¬†Usually Owen isn’t too interested. I ask him ever week and ever week he says, “No thanks.”

Then he has become the Associate Pastor’s biggest fan. He thinks Drew is the cooooolest. So this Sunday when I asked if he wanted to go up front he started to say “No thanks” and then he saw Drew. Owen said “Yep” and ran down the center aisle, rushed right past Rev. Ritchie and the other good little tikes sitting around his feet and hopped right up behind the pulpit where Rev. Wilson, Drew, was sitting. “Flushed with embarrassment” would be an understatement. Drew graciously brought Owen down with the other kids and sat with him. And then I, and everyone else at the morning service, found out Owen is going to be Batman for Halloween. Does anyone have the slightest idea where I can find a Batman costume?

This isn’t related but I’ve been in a music mood lately and I looove this song. I have Blitzen Trappers “Wild Mountain Nation” album, but heard this song for the first time today via Ms. Milkweeds facebook page. It gives me goosebumps.

Goosebumps. And it’s a story about a guy who turns into a wolf. It’s beautiful. Here are the lyrics.

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Greem, Yew-wo and Orangin

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I’ll be so sad when Owen starts to pronounce words the correct way. He used to say “greem” and “yew-wo” but now they are just plain old “green” and “yellow.” He still says “orangin” instead of “orange,” which I love. Another favorite is “chicken” instead of “kitchen.” Conversations go something like this

Mom: Owen, where’s Zach’s Spider Man figure? We need to give it back.
Owen: It’s in the chicken!

That’s awesome. The neighbor kids giggle and say, “he said chicken. haha” and I kindly tell them not to correct him.

Happy Friday folks. Have a good weekend!

I love these lyrics. They remind of living in our Church Hill apartment above Wilhemenia.

But in the meantime we’ve got it hard
Second floor living without a yard
It may be years until the day
My dreams will match up with my pay

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More Morning Musings with Owen Bruce Mark

He’s at it again. I love this kid.

Owen: I want to watch cartoons.
Mom: No honey, it’s too early for cartoons. Don’t you want to hang out in the kitchen with me and listen to music?
Owen: I don’t waaaant to listen to music! It makes me sick.
Mom: It makes you sick?!
Owen: Yes. Will you go to Dr. Suess with me?

Owen uses “sick” in a lot of ways now. When he doesn’t want to eat something it’s because it makes him sick or it’s stinky (italics because there is a LOT of voice inflection). This morning he wanted some of the pumpkin bread I made yesterday. It’s more like cake than bread so I said we should save it for later. I offered up some onion cheese loaf I also made as a better breakfast alternative. He ate it up yesterday, but today it makes him sick.

How about some more music? It’s Friday. Why not. This is Breathe Owl Breathe. My friend Sean had their song “Playing Dead” on a mix he made and that was my first introduction to them. The album is Ghost Glaciers. This video is from Bliss Feast in Northern Michigan. Are you serious?! I love N. Michigan… and BLISS FEAST? How awesome does that sound?!

p.s. Owen loves watching this video. His response was, “I can do that with my guitar.” Someday kiddo. Someday. In the meantime he bangs empty paper towel rolls together (in pretty good time I might add) while he stomps his foot.

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Music and Morning Mayhem

Owen climbed in our bed this morning completely naked. The conversation went something like this

Dad: Owen, why are you naked?
Owen: Because I have no clothes on.
Ha! Real answer: Because my Sponge Bob Square Pants pjs are wet. Good Morning Mom!

Since then there has been a lot of drama… tripping falling up stairs, running into french doors, lots of cream-o-wheat everywhere. Thankfully mom kisses still solve most problems, and big messes no long phase me in the slightest.

Good Morning. Maybe some music will get things back on track. Josh Ritter seems rainy-day appropriate.

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My theme song

Speaking of the banjo, I love this song! It’s beautiful. “Walking on Sunshine” was replace by “By Balloons or Sinking Ship” many months ago as my too happy for words theme song. My friend Sean told me about it and I am so grateful.¬†Jordan O’ Jordan’s music is also available on eMusic.

Lyrics to By Balloon Or Sinking Ship :

Take a drive on a day where there’s nothing else to do
I don’t know where I’ll go
I just know I’ll get there with you

I know about you
I know about you
I know about you

Rain won’t stop in my car until the atmosphere has dried
I don’t know about love
But maybe you’ll help me decide

I know about you
I know about you
I know about you

And the vehicle we’re driving’s not important to arrive in
We could get there by balloon or sinking ship
Any final destination, that’s not my real inclination, it’s the trip

Radio blasts a tune about some godforsaken thing
I don’t know all the words
I just know it’s real fun to sing

I know about you
I know about you
I know about you

Legs stuck down to the vinyl in my sweaty Wrangler Jeep
I don’t know if you hear me singing
When you’re fast asleep

I know about you
I know about you
I know about you

And the vehicle we’re driving’s not important to arrive in
We could get there by balloon or sinking ship
Any final destination, that’s not my real inclination, it’s the trip

Skipping class more than twice just because you do insist
I don’t know why I go
You’re just so damn hard to resist

I know about you
I know about you
I know about you

Drinking wine in your car in this makeout afternoon
I don’t know about wine
I just know it’s gone way too soon

I know about you
I know about you
I know about you

And the vehicle we’re driving’s not important to arrive in
We could get there by balloon or sinking ship
Any final destination, that’s not my real inclination, it’s the trip

I said the vehicle we’re driving’s not important to arrive in
We could get there by balloon or sinking ship
Any final destination, that’s not my real inclination, it’s the trip

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Sing along with Jui Jui

Uncle Dane (Jui Jui) is in town!! I wish I had video when they were sitting in the living room singing. Dane made up songs about baseball and Owen was adding his own lyrics (“Baaasebaall. I love it.”) I tried to have them recreate it in front of the computer, but Owen gets distracted when he’s watching himself on the screen. It’s still cute. Enjoy.

** Jui Jui is Mandarin for Uncle (maternal side). It’s pronounced “Joe Joe.” Owen uses “Jui Jui” and “Uncle Dane” interchangeably. I’m curious to see which one sticks.

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