Someone got my old lady dander up. Like a lot of other screen addicts, my daughter has discovered the miracle of you tube. I was already scratching my head at her watching other people play video games and filming it. One day I noticed that she was running videos of pokemon clips strung together with music. Since there were no naked people or cursing I frankly hadn’t paid too much attention. Then came the day she got an ear worm.
My daughter has unfortunately inherited mommy’s singing voice. Those that know me understand she’d make a better addition to accounts payable than a choir. Nonetheless she happily sings and hums around the house constantly and we have no intention of discouraging her. It took me a while but I finally figured out what she was humming. Someone used an old Queen song in one of their you tube videos. I couldn’t believe it.
Forgetting whatever copyright infringement may or may not have been going on, the more I thought about it, the more bugged I became. I didn’t want my daughter to be confused for one minute about where that music came from. She most likely didn’t care but mommy did. I explained who Freddie Mercury was and how he had passed away and he had this amazing voice and wanted to protect it. I even played the original video of “Don’t Stop Me Now”. For some reason I felt this overwhelming urge to make her understand that whoever made the video she had gotten hooked on took a song that someone else had made. Can’t these young pups come up with anything good on their own??!! Jesus Christ I felt old.
I can only guess that it’s a parent thing. When you’re lucky enough to help someone grow up, you want to show them all the “good stuff” you get excited about. The music you grew up with yourself is of course way better than the crap they’re producing now, right? It’s good to know I can play my Queen cd in the car without hearing any grousing. Maybe when she gets older I can introduce her to Aerosmith but let’s not get ahead of ourselves. I completely understand why my parents would say “You guys don’t know what’s good” when I was young. (See “Jesus Christ” sentence.) It applied to a lot more than just dinner.
Next thing you know I’ll be telling those whippersnappers to get off my lawn.