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i'm just a soul who's intentions are eeeeeeeee!

My friend the rzanimal, has a 4 year old kid named Samadhi. I made her a mix CD with a bunch of songs I love, and evidently he likes them too.

It's no surprise that he likes the They Might Be Giants Song, but more surprising is that he likes the Tom Waits version of 'Downtown Train'. The strangest thing is that his favorite song is Nina Simone's haunting and beautiful studio recording of 'Please Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood'.

Evidently he runs to the stereo when the song comes on, puts his ear right up to the speaker and sings along. Only when she sings, "I'm just a soul who's intentions are good, oh lord please don't let me be misunderstood," he sings, "I'm just a soul who's intentions are EEEEEEEEEEEEEE!" It's sort of a high-pitched squeal, and definately not the word "good".

His mom has tried to tell him the correct lyrics, but he insists he's singing it the correct way.

He's a pretty intense kid. I was stunned when I found out he had been age 3 when I met him. He's astoundingly creative and articulate, and has a fascination with rhyming and consonance and onomontopia. He'll just sit in the bathtub and bark out little songs like, "Cho-a-goat, Zo-a-jote, Splash of water, tow a boat, cho-a-goat, do-a-jote, soapy goat!"

So anyway, I'm making him a mix tape. I'm for sure going to put some more They Might Be Giants, and some songs with repeating sounds like The Trashmen's "Surfin' Bird (The Bird is The Word)". I might even put Tom Waits' "Swordfishtrombone."

Any other suggestions?

P.S. rzanimal, if you're reading this, don't read this to sam yet or it won't be a surprise!


What They Might Be Giants songs are you using?

Sorry, too late sam was already on my lap and i read the whole thang before I got to the last line! he'll still be enormously thrilled, don't worry.
By the way it's "Cho-a-goat, Zo-a-jote, Splash of water, tow a boat, cho-a-goat, do-a-jote, soapy goat! sung staccato in the bathtub.
He's belting out Just a soul who's intentions are eeeeeeee at this very moment! it just came on.
He also likes Edie Brickell Baby baby Black and Blue and Omar Torres Sister Starlight.

tiny tiny bo biny banana fanna fo finy fee fi mo miny...


cool site daniel... and that little boy sounds magical. he has a great name. i hope to give birth one day soon! thanks for the link to your site in my journal! namaSte, shannon kringen


I'm willing to bet one of them's "Birdhouse in Your Soul". Also: I always wanted to know who sang the b-b-b-bird song; thanks!