April 15, 2011
Alright for Now
Just about every night, I take my guitar up to Em's room after Mommy tucks her in and a play some songs for her (she requests I do this now). I play a couple different songs, but we just about always wrap up with Tom Petty's "Alight for Now." She knows most of the words and sings along.
Wednesday night, while I was playing "Running To Stand Still" (nothing puts a kid to bed like songs about heroin addiction), she sat up, reached over the neck of the guitar and stopped the strings. I kind of gave her a quizzical look as I kept playing, and she sunk back to her pillow. When I was done with the song, I said, "Don't you want me to play any more?" She said yeah, she wanted me to play. So I asked, "Why did you stop the guitar?" She said, "I was trying to play with you."
Now, when we end the night with Tom, I finger the chords, she does the strumming, and we both sing.
How awesome is that?
[Ed. Now that I think about it, I actually ahve a recording of this exchange. I'll try to remember to post it.]