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Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Celebrating independence with children


We had a relatively nice long holiday weekend, except that:

1. Heidi had to work on Monday (so really, not a long weekend)
2. Colin was sick

Still we managed to:

- take an 8-mile bike ride
- get Colin's hair cut--he needed it
- go out for dinner
- watch some fireworks from our porch
- eat some encased meat (turkey bratwurst)
- go to Ravinia for one of their children's concerts with Justin Roberts

So it was a good weekend, despite the fact that we were pumping the boy full of medicine and wiping his runny nose with alarming frequency. Hope you all had a nice Fourth.

Two other observations
that have no bearing on this blog but are parenting-related things I wanted to share somewhere:

1. The Ravinia concert reminded me of a conversation Heidi and I have had before, which is that there should be more 80's/90's bands putting out kids music. Not ones who are currently selling millions of CDs and concert tickets, but the ones that are on the state fair/summer concert lineups. You know which ones I mean, the ones fresh from the "Where Are They Now?" files - I'm talking to you, Spin Doctors, Madness and Bananarama, among others. Heck, Hootie and the Blowfish is ALREADY a better kids' band name than half the ones playing in minivan CD players across the nation.



Listen, all you has-beens, follow the lead of They Might Be Giants, who started realizing their fanbase was getting older and popping out children. Those new parents are doing the purchasing of music for their youngsters, and if they can equate kiddie music that won't make them retch from too much sugar coating with BRAND RECOGNITION, you've got a whole new generation of fans. Just don't do what Devo's done - form a child group called Devo 2.0 to sing all your old songs - that's just creepy.

2. The Daddy Types website is hosting a Bizarre Kids Book Contest that makes for good reading. I'm thinking of buying a copy of Good Dog, Carl just for my own enjoyment.

2 Comments:

  • Gosh--the Ravinia--Colin sure is upper class living now, isn't he? That sounds like a cool program. I'm with you on the has-been bands getting into the children's song circuits. Otherwise, I think all they have left are possible TV theme songs. Sorry to hear that Colin is sick again.

    Hope you all had a great 4th as well!

    By Anonymous Aunt Slacker, at 10:57 AM  

  • Yes, he's very upwardly mobile. I gotta say, Ravinia gets a bit of a bad rap about being hoity-toity. I mean, it is a bit, simply due to location, but the whole program cost $3 a piece for us, and parking was free. Not bad, and lots of green space for him to roam, and music to dance to.

    Also, if he happens to find a little girlfriend from Lake Forest or Wilmette, who am I to complain?

    By Blogger Patrick, at 2:01 PM  

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