Reflections on art, fitness, family, politics and literature that hit me like bricks as I chauffeur my children from place to place...
A pink taxi
December 27, 2010
Winter Break Releases
We can all identify summer songs because they are light, pop and entertaining, often very catchy and designed for us to dance the summer nights away. Then we listen to them some more in the fall, nostalgic as we are for the carefree times of summer holidays. Other songs blend in, but they all sound the same, in their average tunes. We were talking music over dinner, with my cousins, uncle, spouses and my own husband. Here united, we were all Depeche Mode, Madonna, Pet Shop Boys, the Cure and U2 fans. Only I didn't appreciate Billy Idol but who was I to disagree in such honorable company? Then my cousin inquired: "what music do you like today if not 80s?" I was ready to enumerate: the rappers and Cold Play. Then we were off on another tangent, sharing our notes about Cold Play. The radio really rocks in San Francisco. The minute we hop into our rental, up and down the highways in the Bay Area, on our trip to Santa Cruz, to the City, we put the volume high and enjoy.
Rihana's What's my Name will always remind us of crossing Bay Bridge, or the trip to the mall. My youngest and most musically inclined has selected it as his favorite: "oh na na!". Sometimes Enrique Iglesias comes on with his signature ahs and ohs and we turned the volume on. When Kanye West's latest, Runaway, plays, it is my turn: "louder!"
The pink taxi runs from 7 am to 7pm. It picks and drops off my 3 kids at school, ballet,judo, aikido, violin, climbing, riding, squash, basketball, skiing, skating, swim team, friends, grandparents and teachers. The car, not pink, but a black SUV, drives to Carrefour and Coop. To Club stretch for pilates and Aviation club for weekly workouts. It is driven by a woman who navigates on the radio, gets DJed by her 4 year old or sometimes quietly reflects. The thoughts are about politics, family, humor, literature, art or fitness. Sometimes they are excruciatingly longwinded, other times they are gossipy and hot.
I hope you will all enjoy!