Today, celebrating his twenty-second birthday, we revisit a few of the many posts inspired by my son Luke.
It’s impossible, sometimes, to separate our experience of music, especially pop music, from the surrounding circumstances. The other day, for instance, I was taking my son Luke back to school in Bloomington, Indiana. He was playing dashboard DJ. As we rolled through the hills of southern Indiana, nearing our destination, this came on after a long stretch of hip-hop (Lil Wayne, Eminem, Young Jeezy, Tyga, et al.), and the electronic intro, the Björk-like voice—they lit up the highway.
Ellie Goulding, “Lights,” 2010
(Originally posted 8/22/12.)
what you’d be listening to if you were 20*
Lupe Fiasco, “The End of the World” (sampling M83, “Midnight City”), 2011
Adele, “Rolling in the Deep,” Jamie xx Remix, feat. Childish Gambino, 2011
*Based on a sample of one—my son Luke. What a treat to have a pair of 20-year-old ears back in the house (and car) over the holidays.
(Originally posted 1/2/12.)
I’ve got some music for you . . .
—my (20-year-old) son Luke, in a hospital room, moments after returning from general anesthesia and foot surgery
“Made In America,” Kanye West & Jay-Z, with Frank Ocean (Watch the Throne), 2011
. . . it might be my favorite song on the whole album.
(Originally posted, with a different visual, 9/3/11.)