The Police’s Greatest Hits, covered by a very small amateur

Hey there, fellow Di-hards. Auntie Em here. Most of you probably know me, or at least know that I am Di’s sister, live in the basement, and look after E pretty often. During the school year, we spent at least one day a week together while Mummy was at school with the other kids.

Sometimes on our E&E days, we do some musical experimentation. We have listened to Les Miserables while doing the dishes and Once on This Island while making muffins (E can sing the animal sounds from the beginning of Mama Will Provide). We have listened to Prince  (E didn’t think much of the music but was entranced by the photo of Prince on his motorcycle in his frilly suit). We have watched Shoshan (aka “the crazy car song”) by Shye Ben Tzur on youtube ad nauseam, and Peter Gabriel’s animated videos are threatening to become a favourite as well. Sometimes, with Mummy, we have wild dance parties in the living room to Mika or Vampire Weekend, and E frequently requests David Francey for quieter times.

Some of these experiences have video documentation and may make their way onto this site in the future. But what I have for you today is the culmination of a few days in which E and I were listening to album of greatest hits of The Police.

The song “Can’t Stand Losing You” was the first hit that took hold, and “the car dance” was born: it consisted of all present standing in line-dance formation, holding a toy car, and twitching said car in time to the music, with a big circle at the long “youuu.”

“Message In a Bottle” was quickly popular as well, being extremely catchy, and E was curious to hear the story of the man on the island without any friends but a clever plan to find some. (Maybe he’ll retell it for you one day.)

But “Roxanne” was the one song that was stuck in my head all day – somewhat inconvenient considering that the lyrics are not necessarily ones which it would be savoury for E to repeat at the babysitter’s house at random! So, one day while we were out and about, taking the bus to the university and then downtown, having gelato at Planet Bean and so on, we experimented with our own lyrics. The word “Roxanne” remained intact, and a few other bits, but we just made up our own words, and rhymed whatever we could with them.

We made this video just before bedtime when we had spent the whole day together, one day at the end of June. By this point we were perhaps a little punchy. But we were singing, and it was fun.

(Warning: there might be a bit of yelling! In case you have babies sleeping, you might want to use headphones or watch it later.)


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Toddler Tracks Video: Snow Picnic + Random Conversation

Back when it was snowy (sigh) Auntie Em took a buncha footage of E eating snow. He really likes it. (Sadly, he has not had very many opportunities for this.)

For the record, I sampled some – he generously offered it to me – and it tasted comfortingly the same as it always did when I was a kid.

Also included in this video is some post-picnic conversation: opinions, ideas, song, story… and some nonsense. A little of everything.



I am not quite sure what’s with that warning message (ostensibly from Auntie Beth) at the end. But I can see how it might be applicable to many aspects of life.



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Toddler Tracks: Folk Tales

Sorry for the six-day postless void, dear readers. I’ll blame report cards.

(Speaking of dear readers… all the cool blogs replace the word “readers” with something funkier. I’m thinking we must also be cool. What should we be?? Send me your suggestions, please!)

E has some new words. One of the special ones he’s learned since Christmas is gyroscope, because my dad gave Sean a set of space-age gyroscopes: they spin in an amazing way and demonstrate the principle of space flight!

lee valley twin gyroscopes

Also thanks to Christmas, E has learned what a ukulele is, although at first he was confused because he thought we were saying “yoga lady” (Auntie Em has two statuettes we call “yoga ladies”, rather like these, in her room). Not really very similar to a ukulele.

yoga lady statues

Other turns of phrase he’s trying out:

Certainly, as in “I certainly do like peanut butter!”

Suppose, as in “I suppose it’s gonna be there all winter.” Continue reading “Toddler Tracks: Folk Tales”

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It’s November 29th and pouring outside. Time to LMAO and ROFL.

Yessir, it’s a gloomy, soaking day here. The students were inside for TWO recesses in a row, which never makes for an easy day. It’s still a long way to Christmas – in fact, it’s still a long way to the weekend. And as is so often the case, my shoulder muscles are like a game of cats’ cradle gone horribly wrong. I need a good laugh. How about you?

I love funny stuff, like everyone else in the world, but I don’t always laugh out loud, even if I’m enjoying the humour. Here are five things that break that barrier for me between smiling appreciatively and actually LOLing.

1. Mystery Science Theater 3000 Shorts. The MST3K dudes take short public service films from the 1950s and add their own commentary. SO GREAT. Here’s the classic Uncle Jim’s Dairy Farm – but honestly, you should watch them all. They are ALL hilarious, and eminently quotable.

Continue reading “It’s November 29th and pouring outside. Time to LMAO and ROFL.”

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