My 5-year-old son, Cedar, likes to go through my large record collection. (His 2-year-old sister Cora helps.) Here are our impromptu record reviews.


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Jun 21, 2012
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Cedar: Is this a new record?
Dad: Yes. Well no, it’s an old record that we got from the thrift store. Looks interesting doesn’t it? What do you think this guy is doing? Eating fire?
Cedar: No. Probably blowing it out.
Dad: Oh. Right. That would be safer wouldn’t it? What else do you see on the cover.
Cedar: Here’s some silly girls with flowers on their heads and leaf dresses. 
Dad: They have big headdresses on. Cool.
Cedar: These guys are wearing dresses and holding sticks.
Dad: Yeah. Nice.
Cedar: The second guy has paint on his face and he’s wearing a dress. He is holding a stick with a dress on too!
(I put on track 1, Oteas and both of the kids sit on the bed and stare at the record player as the sound of conch shells being blown begins.)
Cora: Daddy. Daddy!
(I look at Cora and she’s pointing to the record player and they both look super surprised. Both kids have their mouths wide open. Then the drumming starts in and Cora jumps off the bed and begins dancing frantically for the remainder of the song.)
(track 2, Beautiful Kuuipo begins. It’s a traditional Hawaiian sounding song.)
Cedar: This sounds like the beginning part of Sponge Bob!
(we keep listening as the singer begins singing.)
Cedar: (Cedar laughs) He says, “I looooveee yoouuu.”
Dad: Yeah. You like that part?
Cedar: No. That’s super silly.
(they dance and play for awhile. track 4, Vahine Tahiti starts. It’s a Tahitian percussion song with nothing but Tahitian drumming.
Dad: Wow Cedar what do you think of this drumming? It’s not like your drums is it?
Cedar: No. It’s like a Japan drum.
Dad: A Japan drum? Where did you hear one of those?
Cedar: At a Japan restaurant. There was only a couple of them playing. Each one with one drum.
Dad: How many does this sound like.
Cedar: Like 200!
Dad: That would be cool to see.
Cedar: Yeah!
(we all air drum for a good long time.)
Dad: So what do you think of the record?
Cedar: Good
Dad: Yeah, what about it?
Cedar: I don’t know yet.
Dad: Oh. Do we need to give it a few more listens?
(I’ve found that either Cedar is more conscious now that I am writing everything down or he’s run out of adjectives. Either way it now takes multiple listens before he’s willing to tell me much more then a record is  ”good” or “bad”.)
Cedar: Yeah.
Dad: But you liked it?
Cedar: Yes. Like Japan drumming.
(after our second listen the following day)
Dad: So what do you think?
Cedar: Good.
Dad: Just good?
Cedar: Yes.
Dad: If you had to make 2 piles of records, 1 that we would listen to again and 1 we wouldn’t listen to again, where would this one go?
Cedar: Not listen to.
Dad: Not listen to?
Cedar: Well, listen to again, but only on special days. Like Christmas.

Cedar: Is this a new record?

Dad: Yes. Well no, it’s an old record that we got from the thrift store. Looks interesting doesn’t it? What do you think this guy is doing? Eating fire?

Cedar: No. Probably blowing it out.

Dad: Oh. Right. That would be safer wouldn’t it? What else do you see on the cover.

Cedar: Here’s some silly girls with flowers on their heads and leaf dresses. 

Dad: They have big headdresses on. Cool.

Cedar: These guys are wearing dresses and holding sticks.

Dad: Yeah. Nice.

Cedar: The second guy has paint on his face and he’s wearing a dress. He is holding a stick with a dress on too!

(I put on track 1, Oteas and both of the kids sit on the bed and stare at the record player as the sound of conch shells being blown begins.)

Cora: Daddy. Daddy!

(I look at Cora and she’s pointing to the record player and they both look super surprised. Both kids have their mouths wide open. Then the drumming starts in and Cora jumps off the bed and begins dancing frantically for the remainder of the song.)

(track 2, Beautiful Kuuipo begins. It’s a traditional Hawaiian sounding song.)

Cedar: This sounds like the beginning part of Sponge Bob!

(we keep listening as the singer begins singing.)

Cedar: (Cedar laughs) He says, “I looooveee yoouuu.”

Dad: Yeah. You like that part?

Cedar: No. That’s super silly.

(they dance and play for awhile. track 4, Vahine Tahiti starts. It’s a Tahitian percussion song with nothing but Tahitian drumming.

Dad: Wow Cedar what do you think of this drumming? It’s not like your drums is it?

Cedar: No. It’s like a Japan drum.

Dad: A Japan drum? Where did you hear one of those?

Cedar: At a Japan restaurant. There was only a couple of them playing. Each one with one drum.

Dad: How many does this sound like.

Cedar: Like 200!

Dad: That would be cool to see.

Cedar: Yeah!

(we all air drum for a good long time.)

Dad: So what do you think of the record?

Cedar: Good

Dad: Yeah, what about it?

Cedar: I don’t know yet.

Dad: Oh. Do we need to give it a few more listens?

(I’ve found that either Cedar is more conscious now that I am writing everything down or he’s run out of adjectives. Either way it now takes multiple listens before he’s willing to tell me much more then a record is  ”good” or “bad”.)

Cedar: Yeah.

Dad: But you liked it?

Cedar: Yes. Like Japan drumming.

(after our second listen the following day)

Dad: So what do you think?

Cedar: Good.

Dad: Just good?

Cedar: Yes.

Dad: If you had to make 2 piles of records, 1 that we would listen to again and 1 we wouldn’t listen to again, where would this one go?

Cedar: Not listen to.

Dad: Not listen to?

Cedar: Well, listen to again, but only on special days. Like Christmas.

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