Poor Petra – her musical likes and dislikes are very much influenced by what we choose to share with her. But she is picking her way through our choices to come up with her own preferences. This morning she explained that she likes some songs for the songs and some mostly for the videos. Then she asked me to play the following songs for her, songs she likes that happen also to have videos she enjoys:
Death and the Maiden by The Verlaines – Petra likes the rabbits in the video and the dorky dancing, and she likes to sing along with the Verlaine, Verlaine, Verlaine chorus.
Cactus Cat by Look Blue Go Purple – the song is a catchy wee number and the video features more dorky dancing and a cute black kitten and some dogs. And the intro features some fabulously juicy New Zealand accents for those who like such things…
It’s a Long Way to the Top by ACDC – pipers, bagpipes, Bon Scott being cheeky, what’s not to like.
These Boots are Made for Walking by Nancy Sinatra – Petra enjoys the dancing and the deadpan singing.
The Twist by Chubby Checker – a fun ebullient song and dancing
In the Summer Time by Mungo Jerry – all that 1970’s hair, the inventive percussion, good stuff.
1234 by Feist – great video and as Petra said, lots of chorus.
Bittersweet Melodies by Feist – the video’s the main thing here. Adults mimic the poses, locations and clothes of childhood photos. Petra’s shared it with me twice and it’s made me teary both times.
Petra’s list begins with songs I’ve shared with her, goes on to several that everyone knows and likes, and finishes with two that Travis has shared. She’s an equal-opportunity listener.