...for a different kind of girl

silent surburban girl releasing her voice, not yet knowing what all she wants to say about her life and the things that make it spin. do you have to be 18 to be here? you'll know when i know.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

further proof that feeds my theory that one day, this song will likely be our national anthem

My kids aren't that interested in popular music, which is a bit of a shame, really, for their refusal to rebel against authority by storming up to their bedrooms, slamming the doors and cranking the volume on their non-existent stereos up to 11 denies me one of life's most time-honored traditions of sighing loudly and lamenting about kids today and their pesky rock and roll.

Oh, sure, my oldest son is vaguely aware of Top 40 pop acts because girls in middle school are apparently gaga for Lady Gaga (sorry...I had to go with that)(and seriously, I can't blame them because, though I'm no middle school girl, damn if I can't stop listening to Bad Romance), and my youngest might not turn the channel if Miley Cyrus is wailing about enjoying American social gatherings or some such thing, but for the most part, they couldn't care less what's on the radio.

So it was a surprise to me tonight when my youngest raced into the kitchen, stood directly behind me as I was at the stove prepping dinner, and announced his intent to perform a musical number for my enjoyment. Before I could turn around, he launched into the most spot-on and amazing rendition of Beyonce's Single Ladies I'd ever heard, and I'm not just saying that because he's my kid and well, wow, can my kid smack his own butt and do that whole 'Look at me! I'm a horse jockey!' dance move!

I also don't know why in the world I'm surprised he'd know that song because that song will never, ever go away, and I firmly believe that one day, we all will be forced to either dance to it or sing it for our very salvation. What I AM surprised by is that when I turned around to commend his performance, I noticed he was waving five one dollar bills in the air as he spun and sang, and I wasn't sure if I should be thrilled that he seems to be really latching onto the concept of money he's currently learning in second grade - one dollar bills are singles, after all - or concerned about how he one day plans to make his money. I've always said this kid was born to be on the stage. I've just always been hopeful there wouldn't be a pole of any kind in the middle of it.



Blogger Meg said...

I swear Single Ladies is going to be the Chicken Dance of this generation.

Does he dance on tables too? I have photos of mine doing that.

Sunday, November 22, 2009 11:24:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can proudly proclaim that I've never heard that song, as best as I can recall. Beyonce, I know. But I bet I couldn't pick her out on the radio . . .

Monday, November 23, 2009 6:13:00 AM  
Blogger Badass Geek said...

If you find him wearing a bow-tie, RUN.

Monday, November 23, 2009 6:27:00 AM  
Blogger Aunt Juicebox said...

I've never heard it either. I don't listen to the radio, or watch mtv or any of that. I only listen to Rhapsody, and believe me, Beyonce is NOT on my playlist. But hey, maybe you can put him on the street with a hat and he can start earning his living.

Monday, November 23, 2009 7:13:00 AM  
Blogger Chasity said...

Single ladies is the Little Debbie Swiss Cake Roll (or pick your own personal addictive culinary delight)of music. Once you even think of it, it sticks with you for the rest of the day.

Monday, November 23, 2009 7:49:00 AM  
Blogger justmakingourway said...

Mad Woman is correct. They play that damn song at every single wedding that takes place at my work. Every.Single.One.

Monday, November 23, 2009 8:26:00 AM  
Blogger Lainey-Paney said...

Now put your hands up! Whoa-oh-oh....

Monday, November 23, 2009 8:36:00 AM  
Blogger Kevin McKeever said...

Thing 1 keep busting out in one of those Pussycat Doll songs last summer. Kids today and their pesky lingerie slut songs.

Monday, November 23, 2009 8:43:00 AM  
Anonymous TwoBusy said...

I can only hope the Tool Man was there to share in this moment of intense parental pride.

Monday, November 23, 2009 8:48:00 AM  
Blogger That girl from Shallotte said...

As the stepmother of an 18-year-old, I have had the horrible misfortune of hearing Scandinavian Love Metal (I thought about posting a link, but that would be cruel), which is apparently how kids in England are torturing their parents nowadays.

Print out this post and put it where you can find it a few short years from now. I promise you'll get your sigh then, and you lament the old days of your sweet boy dancing to Beyonce. Best of all? You can remind him of it!

Monday, November 23, 2009 9:01:00 AM  
Blogger Desmond Jones said...

Is it completely weird that 7M (age 11) likes to hole up in his room and crank the volume on Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin? (Yeah, nothing like 'Immigrant Song' splitting the air at 11:30. . .) (Somehow, it seemed much more reasonable when we were doing the same thing 40 years ago. . .)

And, I'm sorry, Shalotte, but just the thought of 'Scandinavian Love Metal' and what it might possibly mean is provoking something between jaw-on-the-floor-WTF? and unsuppressible laughter. . .

Monday, November 23, 2009 9:43:00 AM  
Anonymous Cheryl said...

I feel very very old. Neither of those artists is on my playlist so, of course I had to follow the links and listen to both of these songs. OUCH! At least Bad Romance starts out okay - something about her voice is mesmerizing for the first 30 seconds.

As annoying as I found Single Woman (see, I told you I was old), I would have adored watching your 2nd grader perform that dance. Priceless to even imagine. You must be one hell of a parent!

Monday, November 23, 2009 9:55:00 AM  
Blogger WILLIAM said...

Strippers need love too.

Monday, November 23, 2009 10:23:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow..I mean wow. That song is burned into my brain so I get how you feel about it. I'm impressed your second grader knows the dance.

Monday, November 23, 2009 11:15:00 AM  
Blogger Bijoux said...

That song just makes me cringe, but the idea of a little boy shaking his moneymaker is truly frightening.

Monday, November 23, 2009 11:32:00 AM  
Blogger Heather said...

I tried to dance the Single Ladies but I think I'm too white. It was awful.

Monday, November 23, 2009 1:37:00 PM  
Blogger Leslie said...

"...for the most part, they couldn't care less what's on the radio."

Well, no duh! Didn't you listen to what The Buggles told you in 1979?

Monday, November 23, 2009 2:33:00 PM  
Blogger Kate Coveny Hood said...

Love the Spinal Tap reference.

Any chance you could get him to do an encore presentation on video so we could see? I mean - that hardly counts toward an invasion of his privacy in the future when potential employers are Googling him... Seeing as he will be auditioning for strip clubs and all...

Monday, November 23, 2009 2:45:00 PM  
Blogger Petra a.k.a The Wise (*Young*) Mommy said...

I have a feeling he found your bookmarked link of Joe Jonas dancing to Single Ladies on YouTube my dear...


And I LOVE IT!!!!

Monday, November 23, 2009 2:51:00 PM  
Blogger Trooper Thorn said...

Did you want to swap kids with me? All mine want to listen to is alt rock and techno dance!

Monday, November 23, 2009 7:31:00 PM  
Blogger Carolyn...Online said...

First of all, our speakers go to 11 too. I hate it when I say in my British accent, "They go to eleven." and no one knows what I mean.

Also, all the single ladies... If only my 8 year old would stop demanding a ring for her finger.

Monday, November 23, 2009 7:51:00 PM  
Anonymous A Vapid Blonde said...

I may actually buy a download of Bad Romance...I kind of can't stop hearing it in my head and I am a little afraid.

Was your son trying to bribe you for something for christmas? That is what I would of thought.

Monday, November 23, 2009 8:50:00 PM  
Blogger Christina Lee said...

hahaha waht a HOOT!!! Have a great Thanksgiving!

Tuesday, November 24, 2009 6:49:00 AM  
Blogger Maureen@IslandRoar said...

Now that would be a video worth watching!

Tuesday, November 24, 2009 7:47:00 AM  
Blogger Tuesday Girl said...

God I hate that song!
A white boy with rhythm! you must be so proud.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009 8:00:00 AM  
Blogger Pat said...

You have GOT to get that on film - GREAT black mail material later on! LOL! That is hysterical!

Tuesday, November 24, 2009 9:25:00 AM  
Blogger FTN said...

I'm usually not up on Top 40 radio, but I will admit that I'm fascinated by Lady Gaga. Plus that Miley Cyrus "Party in the USA" song is catchy.


Tuesday, November 24, 2009 3:33:00 PM  
Blogger Swirl Girl said...

Better that song than the Macharena...or the Barney "I Love You/You Love Me" drivel or the Pina Colada Song (i am aging myself, huh?).

(and how the heck did I miss your birthday? Hope it was a good one!)

Tuesday, November 24, 2009 7:55:00 PM  
Blogger Aunt Becky said...

I'll send you a box of clear-heeled pumps to celebrate.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009 8:07:00 PM  
Blogger anymommy said...

Poles are good. It's a noble profession. Kidding, it won't happen, and you know karaoke is an admirable skill.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009 12:00:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That is the funniest damn thing! If only he had busted out in a leotard as well.

Thursday, November 26, 2009 8:46:00 AM  
Blogger Kate said...

That is so cute! Thanks for the smile!

Friday, November 27, 2009 4:20:00 AM  
Blogger Cynthia said...

Where is the video girl! I would have had that on tape immediately;)

Friday, November 27, 2009 10:45:00 PM  
Blogger Zip n Tizzy said...

Well if they want him then they better put a ring on it!

But, If not, perhaps he'll revive the Chip 'n' Dales. He better raise the antee however, because with inflation, singles are going to be worth as much as pennies by the time he's ten!

Saturday, November 28, 2009 2:44:00 AM  
Blogger bARE-eYED sUN said...

it took us quite a while to get back, but we are OH SO grateful for your link to the Single Ladies video. we had not yet seen it. we ARE sure that it will be keeping us up at nights.

IF your sun learns to move his hips like they do in the video, you can rest assured that he WILL be a hit with the ladies when he reaches hight school. you'll have to beat off the little numbers with a broom. :-(

ahhhhh . . . to be young again.

our deepest condolences.


Saturday, November 28, 2009 9:14:00 AM  
Blogger lime said...

well look at it this way....justin timberlake did a VERY funny rendition of this song on saturday night live. maybe your boy is the next justin?

and gads but this is the first i've been here in november? shameful and i am sorry. belated happy birthday. hope the butt cake is happily frozen and the breasts are perky.

Sunday, November 29, 2009 7:07:00 PM  
Anonymous DCUrbanDad said...

Can I get dance lessons?

Tuesday, December 01, 2009 9:24:00 AM  
Anonymous Bejewell said...

I'm suddenly plagued by the mental image of a classroon full of 2nd graders singing this song and doing the ride-the-horsie-slap-the-butt dance around the room, in an organized fashion, instead of the pledge of allegiance. Singles optional.

Tuesday, December 01, 2009 12:36:00 PM  
Blogger Mocha said...

"Single Ladies" is the best earworm of this century. No lie.

I'd love to see his rendition in a vlog. Do a vlog. That'd be great. Ok, thankssomuch.

Tuesday, December 01, 2009 3:40:00 PM  
Blogger The Savage said...


All the single ladies are there... ummm...... The not so single ones are invited too!

Tuesday, December 01, 2009 8:21:00 PM  
Blogger bernthis said...

I had enough of the single ladies song since I STILL AM ONE!

Wednesday, December 02, 2009 11:23:00 AM  
Blogger thatgirlblogs said...

yeah-yeah-yeah we're gonna need the video on that one...

Wednesday, December 02, 2009 7:06:00 PM  

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