Blurbomat - screenshot

Dropping Off

I’ve been catching up on Louie episodes as I work, at least waist deep, in various Keynote decks. One of the episodes from season 2, “Country Drive”, features footage shot inside a car with Louis CK driving and his two daughters in the backseat. “Who Are You” by The Who comes on the car stereo and Louie does a really good job of air playing along. For the duration of the song, the girls are clearly nonplussed and eventually trying to hold in their laughter.

This is exactly what I look like when I’m on my way to dropping the girls off or driving back to the condo and a good song comes up on shuffle. Most of the time, Leta will ask if I can please change the song. One night, “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” came on and I let it play without singing along. We arrived at my place and I asked Leta what she thought.

“That was the best song ever!”

While I’d love to say that she’s worked her way through the Stones’ oeuvre, she’s firmly planted in the work of the female artists of the day. Which is probably how it should be. Just like my dad, I’ll get worked up about the historical importance of a song or an artist and try to share just how important it is that Leta understands the whole deal.

“Leta, he played the guitar UPSIDE DOWN! And backwards! Imagine if the piano had all the bass notes at the top! He came from Mars, Leta.”

Leta cared not one whit about Jimi Hendrix. One day, maybe I’ll try again.

I have to be careful that I don’t take the best evers too seriously, because there are a lot of them. Even though last Friday, Leta assured me that by getting ice cream, playing on iPads at the Apple Store and buying an xBox controller at the Microsoft store (so we could play Marvel v. Capcom 3 against each other at her request) that was the best day ever as she hugged me.

p.s. We tied in a best of three and I took out Hulk to win the final round. Then it was time for bed.

  • Erwin Wodarczak

    Louis’ girls are probably thinking “Dad, keep your hands on the freakin’ steering wheel!”
    Every Christmas for my daughter I make a mix CD of songs from my collection that I think she’ll like. No Hendrix yet, but otherwise I’ve managed to include a pretty wide variety of music. She hasn’t complained yet. The highlight to-date: her reaction the first time I did my best Howlin’ Wolf imitation during “Howlin’ For My Baby”

  • Kathy J

    ha! My kids had to listen to PS’s Graceland ad nauseum. Did not seem to take.

  • Momo Fali

    I quiz my kids when one of the best-evers comes on the radio, just to see if they know the name of the artist. I feel such success when they know it’s a Zeppelin tune or the recognize the poetry of Joni Mitchell.

  • mjpushedoff

    My good man: Jimi didn’t play upside down, it just looked that way. He played that right-handed Strat flipped over, but he reversed the strings as well, making it a normal lefty configuration.

    I thought the same thing for years, but then realized that everyone and their dog would be playing upside down if Jimi had!

  • Sarah R. Bloom

    I loved that scene so much when I watched that episode!

  • Meetzorp

    My dad used to play his electric guitar (Guild Starfire, red w/ white striping, like the one Leslie Feist plays) through a small, old, classic Fender tube amp.

    What he played, however, was whatever the hell he wanted. Including Hendrix, Cream, CCR, Hank Williams, and, memorably, his own rockabilly spin on Don Williams’ “Tulsa Time.” He also taught us the Spam song, with which we thoroughly annoyed our Mom. He’d fool around with the chords of whatever popular music tickled his fancy, from “Freeway of Love” to “I Hate Everything About You.” Sometimes we’d come in from errand running with Mom, to hear the windows rattling to whatever new tune Dad was wrapping his head around. It was always kind of fun to hear his spin on the music of the day.

    Dad never really got philosophical or academic about his music. He never really gave us historical perspective on it. He just jammed, and we got that he was really enjoying what he was playing. Subsequently, my sister and I have widely eclectic tastes in music, with a fairly substantial back-catalogue of 1960s and 70s rock music.

  • Beth Rich George

    My daughter (21) now asks me for my old CDs so she can make her own playlists. And my son (14) recognizes the classics before I do, even when they are mere samples in some hip hop song.

  • stephanie elliot

    At first I thought that was YOU and your girls and I thought, “Clearly he is insane.”

  • Lisa Bryce

    i love louie. love that episode. i have a teenage daughter that loves all my 80’s music/movies. there is hope.