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When You’re the Only One In the Moment

And then, there are those songs that cut through the chaos of a child’s, or adult’s, screaming, whining, just don’t want to comply fit. Music that with the drop of a single note has the power to pacify a situation’s storming energy, and turn it into a gentle rain guided by harmony.

We were driving from here-to-there with our daughters and niece smack dab in the middle of time’s torture window – 2-4 PM. Amelia was chatty and upset with Hazel’s despondence, our niece, who’s a little bit older, wanted to space-out, Hazel, responding to Amelia’s provocation started to get antsy. I needed a break from humanity, and Robin, with an amazing ability to close the world off wherever she happens to be, was on planet X.

It was through this muddle that a tiny voice of reason emerged, “You know how to listen to me song, you know how to listen to me song.”, it was Hazel mumble-whispering a request. Without hesitation, I “auxed” my phone, spun to the “K’s”, pushed play, and turned-up Kate Nash’s “Paris”.


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Kate Nash ‘Paris’ from mybestfriendisyou on Vimeo.

Now, I’d like say we all stopped, sung together, and followed our session up with a good laugh and group silence, but that isn’t quite how it happened. It has happened that way, but not on this occasion.

You see, the music went up and I (feeling the moment) bopped in my seat singing every word. Oblivious, and thinking everyone in the car was right there with me, I hatched new hand motions and head movements galore.

But, when I turned and looked at Robin, hoping she’d share the mic with me, I noticed her in tears laughing at “the moment” that I, and I alone, was having.


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Surely the kids were singing, they always sing with me. Nope. They had settled on a single conversation and abandoned “our song.” Did it stop me? No, I kept right along, with even more vigor, bopping and calling out to the person who “Never listens to me.”

What song clears the air for you? How many times has a passenger, pedestrian, or person at a stop light caught you “in the moment.”?

* The cute part – Hazel and Amelia think the lyrics are “You know how to listen to me.”, they’re “You’ll never listen to me.”. I can only imagine what they think Elton John is saying in “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road.”


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  • This is totally embarrassing to admit, but for me it’s Miley Cyrus’ “Party in the USA” or anything Britney Spears. When those songs come on the radio I find myself hosting spontaneous dance parties for one in my kitchen, with my family (including the cat!) looking on aghast. It also happens to anything by Ke$ha.

    I would also like to say that in general, I actually do have very good taste in music. My ipod is full of intellectually stimulating indie and alternative bands, I promise. There’s just some inner part of me that connects deeply to trashy girl pop 🙂

    • That’s excellent. Is ‘trashy girl pop’ a genre? As long as we’re sharing, my ‘Karma Chameleon’ dance makes Robin a little uncomfortable. 🙂 But yah, the rest of my iPod is all legit stuff. 😉

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