6th grade sleepover, my friend and I hunched over the record player, using our finger to rotate Ozzy’s Crazy Train album backwards at 33 1/3 rpm to hear hidden satanic messages. It’s what all “good girls” did at slumber parties. We played it faster, slower, louder, and finally gave up for fear of waking her parents or because Poltergeist was on – again.
That was the age when everything became an inside dirty joke. Thinking how intelligent I must be, I read into every song for hidden meanings. Many songs are written with double entendre, but I laugh that my lyrics were often worse than the true hidden meaning. Truly, I usually couldn’t understand a word!
Fast-forward, my kids have turned the tables on me and are now this age. In their rush to grow up, my son raps Eminem’s Lose Yourself while Lauren sings along with Katy Perry. On a lunch hour whim, unfazed by parental advisory stickers, I bought Katy’s album. I sang along – excited to surprise the kids with the album. When the 5th song came on I danced with this upbeat song – previously unheard from the radio! “I wanna see your peacock – cock – cock!”
In a panic, I told the kids my “truth” “The CD is scratched from song 5 on, bummer!” Don’t look at me like that, what would you do? Even the songs they sing with their friends off the radio cause me to panic anticipating questions that I am not ready to answer. But as chauffer, I felt I’d somewhat restored my musical control.
On a joyous 3D adventure to see Part of (Her), Katy and her dancers grabbed feathers and danced to a familiar beat! It’s the jaw-dropping, eye-popping, head-turning, body-shocking, heart-throbbing, ground-shaking, show-stopping, amazing song that the kids won’t get out of their heads.
I cringed as they sang it – waiting for Carson to figure it out. Lauren asked him, “What’s it about?”
“It’s all about big p…”
“OK! Radio time!” I yelled, sweating profusely.
“Big, colorful personalities. Be proud of yours!”
What a good big brother! I still don’t know if he was running interference or truly didn’t understand. For now, part of us remains unscathed.
8/12/13 – To thank you for wandering by, here is Katy Perry’s video for her new single ROAR! Did I mention the emoticons RULE!?!