Cedar: What’s the band what has the lady in it?
Dad: (naturally I know whom he must be referring to) The Pretenders?
Dad: Okay, here’s their first record. Go ahead and put it on.
(track 1, Precious starts. Cedar sits on the bed and frowns)
Dad: What’s wrong? I thought you liked this.
Cedar: Louder is better.
(obviously not loud enough)
Dad: Oh, sorry. Let me turn it up.
Cedar: That’s how it’s supposed to be.
(we listen for awhile)
Dad: So what do you think of this song?
Dad: What do you like about it?
Cedar: I don’t know.
Dad: What do you think of the record cover?
Cedar: I don’t know! It’s kind of plain. (he waves his hand gesturing around the cover art) It’s not punk rock.
Dad: It’s not?
Cedar: It’s not colored right.
Dad: What do you mean it’s not colored right?
Cedar: I don’t know. They could have colored it more, like punk rock, I don’t know. But they didn’t. The Police looks punk rock. The Clash looks punk rock. Mr. T Experience looks punk rock.
Dad: So if they colored it differently, it would look punk rock?
Cedar: Yeah like blue or greenish.
(jumps up and starts painting in the air with his hands)
Cedar: Like black, then bluish, then green with white…then brownish. (smiles and nods)
That would be punk rock…or just blue…like the Mr. T Experience. Can we listen to the Mr. T Experience?
Dad: (sigh) Yes buddy.