The Boy is a Beach Boys fan. It started when he was four. I put him in a “creative dance” class because movement to music was so organic to him. The routine that they did to finish the semester was a little surfing dance done to “Surfing USA.”
He went around singing that song for weeks. And pretending to surf.
Being the awesome mother that I am (except when I’m cranky), I bought a “best of” Beach Boys album for him. As far as I was concerned, it beat the hell out of Elmo. Not that I have anything against Elmo. I just felt that having the Boy hear stuff other than Elmo (or songs from Thomas the Tank Engine) couldn’t be bad. Because after you listen to that stuff long enough, you’re bound to start
asking begging asking people to “shoot me in the head.”
Needless to say, I was overjoyed when he discovered that he enjoyed Leon Redbone and other less preschool oriented music. (Sure, it was Leon’s version of “Frosty the Snowman,” but it’s a really good version of “Frosty of the Snowman.”)
PBS is doing a fundraising drive, and last night they were showing ’60′s rock and roll from the Ed Sullivan show.
The Beach Boys were among the featured artists. The Boy sang and danced along with “I Get Around” and we were asked to rewind it several times. Then the Ed Show transistioned from black & white to color. The Beach Boys were a few years older, some looked a little more stoned, and they played “Good Vibrations.”
When it was over the Boy’s verdict was in: “That’s not a very good song.”