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04 November 2005

Babies Go Wild for Robert Plant I was playing music for my 16 month old little boy tonight. After he was done and got down, he started dancing and bouncing to the music. Which was sweet enough.

But when Led Zeppelin's Misty Mountain Hop came on, he came up to me and gave me a kiss for the first time ever. Just a peck on the neck and went back to shaking his tiny little groove thing.

Just too sweet not to share.
posted by reflecked 04 November | 22:28
This is just the first. Just when you start feeling a bit frustrated with their progress, they floor you with something you never expected.
posted by mischief 04 November | 22:29
Aw...little baby boy kisses...
posted by iconomy 04 November | 22:37
Rock on, fenriq jr.!

posted by jrossi4r 04 November | 22:41
Love it! Thanks for sharing that.
posted by go dog go 05 November | 00:00
I've been to a bunch of (mature and well behaved) desert/outdoor or otherwise techno/trance style parties where people have brought their kids and toddlers out. (I've also seen full three generation families at these kind of events, kids, parents and grandparents all out to listen to some tunes and hang out with friends and family.)

Invariably the kids love the music. Granted, they're being raised by some sort of neo-pagan dirt hippies or other. It's awesome to watch toddlers react to the music and just boogie themselves silly. I've seen some kids that'll go beat for beat and track for track with the hardcore adults, poop themselves out, retire to the family tent for a quick nap and get up and do it again.

It's always encouraging to see and meet these kids. The older ones I've met have we're all just so insanely smart, open-minded and conversant, with well adjusted attitudes and self awareness. It makes me hopeful for the future. I mean, how often is it you meat some 8 year old quoting Neruda or able to discuss new technologies or Buckminster Fuller.

Also, I have a nephew that loves to boogie to just about anything - even my cracker-assed beatboxing. He's a maniac. He throws fits if he has to stop dancing. We're pretty sure he's going to be a pro skateboarder or something. He's even got this little plastic Little Tykes-like skateboard, and he can almost ollie on it already. (He's just about 2 years old now!) He started walking, running, climbing and whatnot with full balance control at some freakish age, like 5 or 6 months or something.

I have a video of him somewhere taking some of his first steps, and it just looks freakish. Big fat baby head, little tiny baby body. But moving all over the place like he was a 6 year old on an espresso and sugar buzz.
posted by loquacious 05 November | 00:50
You don't want to know what happens if he hears Kashmir.
posted by Slack-a-gogo 05 November | 09:50
My nephew also used to dance to anything with a beat, which included my beat-boxing (which was not so much "cracker-assed" as "dumb-assed"). Now he denies that he ever danced to anything because dancing is uncool.

For multi-generational dancing, the coolest I've seen was at an Intocable (Tejano/Norteno band) concert a few years ago. The place was packed with all ages and everybody seemed to be enjoying the show with the same intensity. Lots of singing along and dancing (and lots of cowboy hats and jackets with flames painted on). I was sort of jealous that culturally there wasn't a counterpart for me. I couldn't imagine me going to show with my brothers, parents, grandparents, and youngest nephews and all have the relationship to the music.
posted by Slack-a-gogo 05 November | 10:03
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