Saturday, January 22, 2011

Today's Brain Fart

I suffered another brain fart today, a total reality dislocation. One that probably every parent understands, but with a bit of a twist.

My son has discovered music, and is constantly renting CDs to add to his IPod via my computer. So I have his growing collection of slightly nasal JPop, some good KPop, some really good Japanese rock and only a little American music. It has a different sound than American pop, kinda like the BackStreet boys on helium after drinking a 12-pack, like in this commercial or in this fan homage to JPop band Arashi.

So, anyways, my son is heading to the shower this morning, whistling. And I find myself singing along. Not whistling, not humming, but actually singing the words. Then my brain seized up. You see, I wasn't singing in Japanese. He was whistling... John Denver*. "Leaving on a Jet Plane". Suddenly I was 5 years old again, hearing the Peter, Paul and Mary version of the song which really came to symbolize the loss and pain of the Vietnam war in my mind.

*to add to the mystery, he got the song from his friend, which just begs the question: Why do they even know about this song? It's not exactly Oricon Top 40 (Japan's Billboard)...

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