Kids will like inapropriate clothes, inappropriate songs (right, Sherilin???) . They'll want to groove to Pitbull videos (I can't help it--I loves me some Pitbull), and they'll be inundated with garbage like this:
|gee, that's a nice picture, and it's in colour even! That's great.|
|Waaaaait a minute....WHAT THE F*CK?!?!|
Well isn't this an interesting mother/son chat I'm on the brink of having?
Oh, but there's more...Jack has a book that he got for his birthday: Eyewitness Great Musicians Written by Robert Ziegler (DK Publishing 2008). The Man found it on Jack's bed, open to the pages dedicated to Richard Strauss. Alrighty then, here's a little excerpt from the book:
" Strauss was a genius at musical storytelling. His first successes came with his tone poems--pieces of music for orchestra that tell a story...although the tone poems established Strauss's name as a young composer, his operas are his crowning glory. After his very first operas failed, he returned with the scandalous success Salome, which was based on the New Testament story of Herod's daughter and her love for John the Baptist, as told by playwright Oscar Wilde...In all, Strauss wrote 15 operas. "well, that all sounds fine and good. And then how about this excerpt:
"Controversial Nazi Connections: The German Nazi Party was stridently anti-Semitic and tried to eliminate any trace of Jewish culture. In 1933, without consulting Strauss, The Nazis appointed him president of the Reichmusikkammer, the State music Bureau. Strauss accepted, perhaps to help protect his Jewish daughter-in-law, Alice."And there on the page? A great big swastika.
Jack has long been a lover of symbols. He used to be so obsessed with the 20th Century Fox logo, he bossed his loving granddad into drawing stacks and stacks of pictures of it for him. He'd sit at youtube watching that intro over and over. And looky! He's found himself a shiny new symbol, and isn't it interesting!
The poor little naïf. This kid knows nothing about the Holocaust, and Nazi Germany. All he sees is a really interesting symbol. He has no clue what feelings is still evokes to this day! Nevermind that it's a super duper old symbol that's been around for over 3000 years before the Nazis got their grubby hands on it. The best part is of course that I get to have a chat with him tonight and somehow explain what an ugly place the world can be, with its fine, rich history of atrocity.
I think I'll wait till after dinner.