Monday, July 02, 2007

The Kids are Alright

I attended a concert at the New Ninja Bomber's primary school last week to see - among other acts - his first ever public performance on guitar. Needless to say, I was very proud of him.

There is something irresistably heart-warming about seeing very young children murder great tunes be it on guitar, keyboard, recorder or violin. Spirits soar. I think it should be prescribed to the jaded on the NHS.

Did I tell you that he has written his first song? It goes like this:
Kids know how to rock and roll
They’re too cool to rock and roll
... repeat ad infinitum

I promise you that he came up with this himself, and it is so artfully dumb that I can easily imagine it sitting happily between Teenage Lobotomy and Blitzkrieg Bop in The Ramones set list circa 1977. ("End of the Century" is on at 10:30 tonight on the increasingly invaluable More4.)

I like the tension between the first and second line. It is, is it not, Wilde's "youth is wasted on the young" transplanted from fin de siecle 19th century London to the shoe gazing 21st?

OK, I may be over egging the pudding, but I'm always going to put the best possible interpretation on anything he does.

This just in. Hold the presses. "Stairway to Heaven" is Welsh!

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