The kid turns 11

I asked the kid what he wanted for his birthday, and he said “one of those video slideshows you make for everyone else.” He was referring to the videos I’ve made over the years to celebrate the milestones of other people – 21st’s, weddings , farewells…  I hardly felt as though turning 11 qualified, but I knew that wasn’t the point.  He just wanted to know that his birthday was as significant as all those other people’s.

So over the next few weeks I set about paying attention to his favourite music, because as everybody who’s ever been moved by a slideshow knows, it’s all about the music.  The lyrics tell the story as much as the images, it sets a mood and connects the viewer to the underlying sentiments.  The music should be emotive, deep, and reflect the characteristics of the person it’s dedicated to.

But you know what song the kid loves at the moment?  The song he was emphatic about when asked “what’s your favourite song?”

Gentleman.

Gentleman, by Psy.  

As in, the grating Korean star responsible for unleashing “gangnam style” on the masses.

As in, the coma-inducing song whose lyrics are at best devoid of meaning, at worst offensive (i.e. when you understand them).

As in, the song with a beat so paralysingly annoying it’s liable to be adopted as a tool of torture.

As in, the song by the guy singlehandedly trying to bring back MC Hammer pants

As in, the song with a music video that features a guy catching his fart and throwing it in the face of the woman next to him

There was just no way, NO WAY, I could turn that song into anything sentimental.  Or could I?

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8 thoughts on “The kid turns 11

    • Thanks for pointing that out so quickly!! What kind of obscene torture would that be to subject readers to ALL the slideshows I’ve ever made…! Ha! Have now corrected the link. I better whip up a thank you slideshow – song requests?

  1. LOVED IT. You really do have a creative talent making videos bringing so much delight to the viewers. While Cormac appreciates it now, I’m sure the greatest enjoyment for him will be when he shares it (along with all the other visual memories) to his own family. These visual memories will always remind him of his childhood and the important part you have played in it. I loved it all. Thanks. Happy Birthday Cormac. Big hug and kisses from Nana and Poppa xxxxxxxxxxx

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