This weekend Primo made his first mix tape for a girl. He woke up Saturday inspired, went right over to his father, music fanatic, and proclaimed "Daddy, I want to make a mix." Then the two of them sat down and David pulled song after song as per Primo's instructions, onto one whopper of a mix CD. Primo named it "The Song Surprise Mic" and is giving it to his best friend who just so happens to be a girl. That's how he sees her at least; on her end, there's been some talk of formalizing the relationship with terms like "boyfriend" and "girlfriend" and she did tell me one time that when they grew up they are going to go on a date.
"Oh, really?" I replied, "What are you going to do on your date?"
"Well it has to be at night, " she explained, "And we're going to take a taxi and go to the MALL."
Clearly, she's wedded to the suburban date destination of the "mall" but clearly also understands that Primo and she are a New York romance, so she added in the taxi part as a compromise. Perfect.
"Sounds cool, " I said, "The Manhattan Mall has a lot of good stores,"
Primo, unversed in the ways of Hannah Montana, doesn't really get the "date" idea, which I confess is a relief. But maybe he understands more than he lets on, because he did make this heartfelt mix tape to slip in her locker -- I mean, cubby -- at school.
Since you all lent such sage advice about children's music when I blogged about it a few months ago, I thought I'd share the setlist with you. Be advised: there is more than a recommended amount of music from the Peter Pan and Alice in Wonderland soundtrack on there, but the kid has a soft spot for Disney classics.
-'Twas Brillig from Alice In Wonderland (Original Soundtrack)
-Following The Leader from Peter Pan
-Philadelphia Chickens by The Bacon Brothers from Philadelphia Chickens
-Down by The Riverside by Dan Zanes, from Night Time!
-Istanbul by They Might Be Giants, from Flood
-Ah Bos Cee Dah by Johnny Cash from The Johnny Cash Children's Album
-Jenny Jenkins by Jerry Garcia & David Grisman from Not For Kids Only
-A Pirate's Life from Peter Pan
-A-E-I-O-U (The Caterpillar Song)from Alice In Wonderland (Original Soundtrack)
-Let Me Roll It by Drive-By Truckers from Uncle Dave's Killer Covers Mix
-Say It (Over And Over Again) by John Coltrane from Ballads
-Back In The USSR by The Beatles from the White Album
-Little Boxes by Pete Seeger from We Shall Overcome: Complete Carnegie Hall Concert
-Loquat Rooftop by Randy Kaplan from Loquat Rooftop
-The Caucus Race from Alice In Wonderland (Original Soundtrack)
-Mermaid Lagoon from Peter Pan
-Old Father William from Alice In Wonderland (Original Soundtrack)
-A-Punk by Vampire Weekend from Vampire Weekend
-Pay Me My Money Down by Bruce Springsteen from We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions
-The Walrus and the Carpenter from Alice In Wonderland (Original Soundtrack)
-All I Have To Do Is Dream by The Everly Brothers from The Everly Brothers' Best
Nicole's a born and bred New Yorker, incurable neurotic, perfectionist, and mother superior to two firecracker kids. She lives in Brooklyn with her family and contributes essays and articles for mommy mags like Parenting, Parents, American Baby and Time Out NY Kids.