At some point in the future, I hope, I’ll have a kid. And I can’t wait. I can’t wait to show that kid all the amazing things this world is about, and to tell that kid all the amazing things that fester in my silly brain. Like every word of “We Didn’t Start the Fire.” And just how beautiful Brian Wilson’s voice gets when he sings “… broke my heart” in the Beach Boys’ “Caroline, No.”
In an effort to remember all these things, I’m filing all my music knowledge, opinion, thought, whatever, in a place I’m calling “Music For My Kid.” Each week I plan to write about one essential album my kid needs to hear at some point. Age appropriate and all (like “Pet Sounds” is probably age 15).
And within those boundaries I’ll write about things that just come across my mind at weird times, and those little wonderful moments in music I can’t get enough of (like the way the crowd at Budokan chants back to Cheap Trick in the live version of “I Want You to Want Me,” stuff like that).
Read along if you’d like. This thing is for my kid, first and foremost, but I’d love it if you got something from it, too.