Though it was brought on by tragic news, I was reminded of a fond memory from my childhood this week. The news that Chris Cornell had died was a somber thing to wake up to on Thursday morning. I grew up with a love for rock music, and was exposed to a lot of early 90’s guitar-driven music thanks to being babysat by older cousins. Music like Nirvana, Green Day and Cornell’s band Soundgarden was stuff that I came to love, before I even knew who the bands behind the music were.
A few years ago while discussing Soundgarden, my dad told me a story about one time when were driving up the highway when I was no more than 5 years old. We usually listened to the radio while driving (perhaps the earliest motivation for me to get into radio as a career?), and one night, Soundgarden’s smash hit Black Hole Sun came on. I cranked it right up, and my dad says he’s never seen a kid so happy to hear a song come on the radio. I loved it. Maybe it was the crazy video that drew me in, I’m not sure…
Of course, at such a tender age, I was pretty easily influenced. Had I been born, say, 20-some-odd years later, I’m sure my tastes would be quite different. Where is this going? Well I was reminded of that story by this video that’s gone viral this week of a little girl waiting for the beat to drop in the back of a car – it was the being excited about a song on the radio in the car that connected that story to this for me. But yeah, this girl’s uncle took the video and shared it on YouTube and Reddit, and in the last week it’s picked up more than 6.5 million views.
“HOT HOT!” I love that it’s the clean version, and apparently so do the other kids in the car – they can’t stop laughing about it.
I can’t help but wonder, though, how messed up this little girl might be if they actually stopped and waited a minute like the song instructs you to:
There’s another take on this in case you’re not satisfied by just the time counter on the screen counting down:
I could imagine that being pretty frustrating for her, just waiting for that beat to drop… Not unlike this scenario:
That little girl reminds me a lot of this little dude, though his tastes are a little different. Kid’s gonna grow up to be a proper metalhead:
And in turn, I’m reminded of this Pantera-lovin’ horse:
What do you listen to with your kids in the car? What do they like to rock out to the most? For your sake, I hope it’s not Aqua‘s Barbie Girl. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a great song – I’ve just experienced a car ride where my toddler cousins were the backseat demanding we listen to that song on repeat for the whole duration of the trip. That’s enough to turn anyone off any song, I think.