Gathan Beaga

the infernal device

the infernal deviceSo before the Santa Parade on Sunday Bella went to McDonalds, as one does when one is a small child. There are few other reasons for going, after all, except for the Happy Meal giveaways.

This time it wasn’t some hunk of plastic representing a character from the latest cartoon franchise but a little music player with a single song on it, a tasteful wee number from some flossed-up looking post-teen chick outfit called The Veronicas.

Did I say tasteful? I was lying.

So there she is, music blaring, dancing around the lounge with her sister, singing all the lyrics learnt through endless repetition:

Baby we ain’t gonna live for-ev-ah […]
I wanna spend the night with you […]
Come with me tonight
We could make the night last for-ev-ah

Great. A catchy mixture of pop, attitude, and raw teenage carnal nihilism.

Hmmm. I know it’s a father’s job to worry about this stuff, and a daughter’s job to ignore him. But really. Is this good music for six year olds? And from McDonalds?

On the other hand, maybe I need to lighten up. After all, back in 1979 how we kids laughed at our primary school headmaster for being upset by us singing Jon Stevens’ Jezebel in class. We (mostly I guess) had only a fairly vague idea of what the lyrics meant then – a whole classful of dim but divergent ideas no doubt – but I don’t think the song changed any of our lives for the worse.

On the other other hand, our class was 11-12 year olds, so we were a little older than Bella is now.

Anyway, answers below, please.

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