Saturday, August 15, 2015

Radio Free Samuel's Room

Today Jeannie and I took an old bookshelf stereo that's been gathering dust in our room and set it up in Samuel's room.  I made a mix CD of all his favorite songs and marked the "play" and "stop" buttons with red tape.  When I was showing him how to use it, I said that there are 2 rules for the radio:  1)  no radio at bedtime or naptime, and 2) don't play it too loud.  He totally loved it.  He spend an hour in there this afternoon, listening to music and reading, then he would bring his potty chair into his room and listen to music while he shat (his room totally stank after that), and sing along.  The singing along thing is relatively new, and I totally love to hear him singing along with songs, because about 80 percent of the time he's making up words that sound somewhat like the actual lyrics but make no sense.

Anyway, the track listing of his first mix CD is:

1.  Matamoros - The Afghan Whigs
2.  Where the Streets Have no Name - U2
3.  Party in the USA - Miley Cyrus
4.  Style - Taylor Swift
5.  Pink Rabbits - The National
6.  Wild - Beach House
7.  Marriage Made in Hollywood - Bonnie Raitt
8.  Blue - First Aid Kit
9.  Every Breaking Wave - U2
10.  Firework - Katy Perry
11.  I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For - U2
12.  One Day Soon - Luluc
13.  Sweet Nothing - Calvin Harris (feat. Florence Welch)
14.  Emmylou - First Aid Kit
15.  I'm Not Your Hero - Tegan and Sara
16.  With or Without You - U2
17.  Call Me Maybe - Carly Rae Jepsen
18.  Red Hill Mining Town - U2

Yesterday after work I went and saw "The End of the Tour," which is the new movie about David Foster Wallace.  I didn't think the movie was great, perhaps because I'd already read the book it's based on, but I did come away from it feeling inspired.  It was just nice to kinda see and hear DFW again, even if it was just Jason Segel pretending to be DFW (I think he did an admirable job, by the way, especially with the voice).

My New Years' Resolution is to have more confidence.

The set I'm working on has been taking up a lot of headspace, but I'm trying to keep my life as balanced as possible.

Samuel stayed in bed until 7am this morning for the first time, like, ever.