When I picked up BratzBasher from school, she told me her sci-fi/fantasy teacher played a song for them that she had to share with me. I knew right away that all of you would like it. It’s “Title of the Song” by Da Vinci’s Notebook, and here’s a lyrics video she found for it on Youtube:
This is a 100% clean song — no foul language or suggestive lyrics. You’re going to want to read as you listen.
Whenever BratzBasher catches me watching YouTube videos, she says, “Don’t get sucked in!” It’s usually too late. If she comes back and I’m still at it, she tries to physically remove me from temptation. Sometimes it works. Sometimes I say, “You have to see this!” and she gets sucked in, too.
Yesterday, I discovered “Kid Snippets” by Bored Shorts TV. They record kids acting out scenarios (without a script) and then dub the audio onto a second video recording of adults acting out the parts. It’s dang funny. One of my favorites is the Batman v Superman Trailer. I haven’t seen that particular movie, but perhaps this parody trailer will prove more entertaining.
It occurs to me that these videos are most easily appreciated by parents who have heard/seen their own kids playing pretend — whether making up their own stories or already using well established fandoms. The things kids ad lib can be pretty hysterical, such as in the Kid Snippets version of the famous Star Wars Cantina scene when Obi Wan and Luke try to place an order at the bar and are told there’s only “blue milk”.
If you’re a parent, or someone who can appreciate children’s improv, and have some time to spare — or, better yet, have a buddy that will agree to come pull you out of the abyss if they haven’t heard from you after a certain time period has passed — check out Bored Shorts TV on YouTube. It’s pretty awesome.
I found a copy of Leonard Cohen’s “First We Take Manhattan” and played it for BratzBasher. Being a connoisseur of various fandoms, she immediately thought of Loki from the Avengers movie. A couple of days later, I caught her putting the following video together and decided I had to share it with y’all.
Please let us know what you think of it. She just loves feedback.
BratzBasher came back from 5th-grade camp on Thursday with the news that 20 of the campers got sent home early with flu symptoms. Most of the rest of them came home with bad coughs. BB is still recovering from what we think is a combination of the flu and the lingering effects of pollen allergies. She’s no longer clinging to me 24 hours a day, but the damage has already been done as I’m not feeling at all my best.
Saturday (I think it was Saturday) I had this song from Frasier stuck in my head, but I couldn’t remember all the words. It was getting on BratzBasher’s nerves because, of course, I was singing it out loud. I decided to put both of us out of our misery and find it on YouTube.
Of course, YouTube is like Lays potato chips: you can’t watch just one. When the list of related videos included anime, BB insisted I click on it, and that’s what inspired the title of today’s post. It’s supposedly an English translation of the Ojamajo Doremi theme song, and I was expecting stereotypical, high-pitched, cheery voices like the ones that sing the Teen Titans theme song. Uh, no. At first, I was like What the…? Then I had to listen to the whole thing. BB and I were laughing almost to the point of hyperventilation. Check it out for yourselves.
BratzBasher has been at 5th grade camp for a couple of days now. We dropped her off Sunday afternoon. When I’m not managing to not think about it, I’m worrying that she’s too cold because we didn’t pack enough sweaters for her. Is she brushing her hair every day? It’s so thick that if she doesn’t brush it regularly, it gets hopelessly tangled. I’m fairly certain she’s not brushing her teeth.
It’s too quiet here. I don’t really notice it during regular school hours. In the evenings, however, I can hear the clock ticking in my all too quiet house, and it seems abnormally loud. Maybe I should put on some music.
Speaking of music, BB’s class has been learning the cheesiest tree hugger songs for camp. One of them is about an eagle. I believe the chorus goes
In a land without a friend,
will there be an empty sky
where the eagle used to fly
in the wind?
(and then a little later)
He was free
when they let him be.
There’s also a song about the evil coal company that tortured the trees and stripped the land, yadayadayada. Merkin suggested she ask when they were going to learn the song about all the babies the coal kept warm that winter. I can totally picture her doing that. Don’t get me wrong — protecting the earth is important. I just don’t like it when things get blown out of proportion. Plus, the cheesy songs are annoying. I keep thinking of that song Lesbian Seagull from Beavis and Butthead Do America.
Gotta love Youtube. They have everything. Except the Church Lady Aerobics skit. “Now up to heaven and down to hell and up to heaven and down to hell….” I looked for that one because I had exercise group yesterday morning. I’ve been telling myself that 30 minutes is plenty of workout for me, despite the fact that everyone else is there for an hour. They’ve been attending a lot longer than I have and are in better shape. I’m rather sore today.