for the past several months my 2 and a half year old son dutch has belted out alicia keys’ big hit “no one” numerous times. i mean, numerous times. and he doesn’t just sing it, he sing-yells it.
dutch: NO ONE, NO ONE…GOTTA GET A FEELINGGGGGGGGGG!!!!
of course those aren’t all the actual lyrics, but try telling that to a 2-year-old. they basically do and say what they want and who am i to correct him? trust me, i’ve tried. but it’s his song and he sings it just like he wants.
he’s seen alicia perform the song a couple times, but the funny thing is he never sings along when she’s on television. i guess he’s too busy watching her. ’cause you know, not only is my boy into good music, but he likes to ogle a pretty lady from time-to-time as well. up until this point i had no idea that men’s fascination with beautiful women started so young. silly naive little me.
but don’t get me wrong, i happen to love the song too and i have always respected alicia’s music. plus, i’m always down to support my biracial sistren (is that a word? i don’t think so, but i figured since there was a “brethren” we should have a sistren). but you know, after listening to the song 8,472 times i’m just, well, kinda over it.
yesterday dutch and i were on our way to see my mother. ya ya to dutch. yes, i know ya ya is the greek word for grandmother and no, my mother isn’t greek, but so what that’s what he calls her and that’s that. anyway, the entire way to her place he wanted to hear the song.
dutch: mommy, play that “no one”!!! play that “no one”.
so on and on and on and on and on it played. i even tried popping in another cd and i got fussed at, but i had to set the kid straight.
dutch: [yelling at me like he had lost his daggone mind…] mommy, play that “no one”!! i wanna hear that “no one”!!
mommy: first of all, who are you yelling at? look, i’m the mommy. i tell you what to do. it doesn’t work the other way around. now we’ve listened to “no one” like 10 times!! it’s time to listen to something else.
then i popped in my amy winehouse frank cd and right after the first song ended…
dutch: can you play that “no one” now?
and what did i do? i obliged. and it didn’t help that as soon as we got to my mama’s house we turned right back around and got right back in the car to find something to eat. and there it went again…
dutch: mommy, play that “no one”.
only this time he had back-up.
my mama: oh, play the song for him. you know that’s his song.
i now hear the song in my sleep.
it’s the background music to all of my thoughts.
i’m humming it right now as i type.
“no one, no one, no onnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnneeeee, can get in the way of what i’m feeling…”
it is a great song.