Friday, July 11, 2008

A Gap in Their Education

The kiddos are trying to fit in as much TV as possible before we cancel the satellite service at the end of the month. Primo's favorite channel is the Bomerang Network. They show classic cartoons from the 60's and 70's with a few earlier ones thrown in for good measure. I think Primo is just amazed that they had cartoons when Frodo and I were kids... heck, she's amazed that television existed when Frodo and I were kids! Anyway, tonight she was absorbed in an episode of Scooby Doo. When I walked into the room, she turned to me and said, "Mom, that's Cast Elliott," indicating a character in the show. "Dad knows who she is. Do you know her? Cast Elliott?"

"Do you mean Cass Elliott? Yeah, that's Mama Cass."

"Yeah, that's it! Cass Elliott. Who's Mama Cass?"

"Mama Cass. She's a singer. From The Mamas & The Papas."

"Yeah, she's a singer on here, too. Who are The Mamas & The Papas?"

"You don't know who The Mamas & The Papas are?! Are you sure you're my child?"

At this point, I open up YouTube. (What would I do without YouTube and Google? I mean, seriously?)

"This is The Mamas & The Papas..."

"And this..."

"And this is Mama Cass. Cass Elliott."



Sigh. I can see we have to have a more formal study of "American Folk Music of the 50's, 60's and 70's", aka "stuff Mom listened to when she was a kid" and these kids better learn it if they are going to have a good grounding in American Culture Studies (and be able to get half of the jokes in The Simpsons... when they are old enough to watch The Simpsons, that is). They obviously aren't picking it up properly through casual exposure and are seriously lacking in appreciation of the classics of American music.

Johnny Cash does seem to be sticking with Secondo. She has recently declared him her favorite. So, here is a little Johnny Cash to help diversify your own folk music studies. Here is Secondo's favorite:

And here is mine:

(Hey, I'm impressed I was able to hold myself to two.)


Brittney said...

We are big Johnny Cash fans here too!

AND..."Jackson" just happens to be MY favorite as well! :0)

Magnus loves "Ring of Fire" and the
"rusty cage" one.

Thane loves "I've Been Everywhere".

Thanks for the videos!

Aduladi' said...

I think it is quite ironic that the last video (produced after Johnny's death) has a bunch of celebrities many of whom need to actually hear the message of the song and take heed. He is singing right to them, LOL!

This is one of Kyle and my favorite renditions of this song, but the video gets on my nerves. I bet Johnny Cash would grimace if he saw it.

Aduladi' said...

P.S. I just posted a J. Cash video the other day, you will have to check out. More "kid memories".

TheTutor said...

At the beginning of the video that aduladi' mentions, a gentleman mentions that Johnny wore black as a means of identifying with the poor and down-trodden. Frodo and I often wonder if the celebrities in the video recognize themselves as the ones who Cash was talking about... spiritual poverty just as devastating as physical poverty. There are a couple there I am pretty sure know who the song is about (Bono, for one, and I think Courtney Love, for another... she's the one crying), but I wonder if the others completely grasp the symbolism of the shots they are part of... like Woody Harrelson in a scene which seems to be screaming "baptism." (We all "get it", the message, on some level.) The imagery in this video makes it one of my favorites of all time. I also like his video to "Hurt", but I can't watch it often 'cause it always makes me cry.

I also forgot the irony of Secondo's choice... it's actually a Cash cover of a SoundGarden song. I'll have to play the original for her and see if she still likes it. :)

Heather said...

Hey girl!

I love this post! I'm a huge Johnny Cash fan, too.

I saw Angel's post as well as this one ... now I have to go post my favorite song. :-)


Henry Cate said...

We also often use YouTube to expose our children to the classics.