I write most of my reviews in the car.

You see, every day it’s one of my duties as Super-Dad to drive our (just-turned-5-years-old) son to and from school. Our daughter, who is 2.5 years old, always accompanies us. This is because there’s no one else to watch her while I play school bus, so where we go, she goes.

Right now, this all works fine. Shoes, maybe a coat, get in the car kids! But over this past winter, and it was a spectacularly awesomely cold and snow-dumping sort of winter like we used to get 30 years ago, getting two toddlers into their snowsuits and out of the house takes a lot longer. I don’t dislike much about winter (actually, I love winter), but this one thing is more hassle than it needs to be. You try putting snowsuits, boots, hats and mitts on two whirlwinds. Simultaneously. Parents everywhere nod in commiseration.

Anyway, the reviews. You see, there’s a rock star parking spot right up front, at my son’s school. And if we get there a bit early, I can usually snag that optimal spot. It’s easiest and safest for loading/unloading, and has direct access to the exit. Prime real estate. So, when it’s time to go get the boy, my daughter and I arrive early and rock an album while we wait (in the rock star parking, of course). I have spiral-bound books (see pic above) and cheap-ass pens from the dollar store in which I write all of this crap that you so kindly stop by to check out, and away we go.

One true benefit from all of this is that, since I started doing this months ago, my daughter is getting one helluva great education in the rawk. She hears every note of every record I play, hanging out in the back seat, eating and playing and babbling along as she does. I believe I am doing her a great service. Rocker chicks are (usually) awesome, so she’s getting an excellent head start.

Generally, she doesn’t complain about the music. Given her choice, being 2, she’d demand the songs from the Little Mermaid ad nauseum (see recent rant about that particular movie’s songs). If it was something she truly disliked, she’d cry and carry on and make trying to listen to it pointless, but that happens rarely. In truth, the only time she looked uncomfortable was during that 2CD Zero Tolerance compilation of wall-of-noise death metal stuff that Scott sent, but even then she didn’t actually complain. I could just tell by her face that it wasn’t her cup of pretend tea from her plastic tea set.

So, take a look at the list of the past few months’ reviews I’ve flung at the wall, here on the KMA (hoping some of it would stick). It’s all (mostly) been great rawk albums from Mike and Scott. And my daughter has heard them all. She’s getting a fine, fine introduction. I like to believe that these slabs of rawk seep into her brain and that, even though she’s only 2 right now and not really piecing things together in that way, when she gets older and hears all of this stuff again and again as Daddy keeps playing it, it’ll all already make sense to her, intuitively.

I don’t know if I’ll always be the cool Dad (I can also be a massive dork), but I like to think that this is one positive step in that direction.

* I sometimes doodle in the margin as I listen.


Posted on May 12, 2014, in posts by aaron and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 12 Comments.

  1. A nice behind-the-scenes look at your creative process. I feel bad for Sophie being subjected to those ZT CDs… even I didn’t listen to those!

    I think I could do with some designated review time like this! I often get distracted left right and centre when I’m listening to stuff. Unless I’m on the bus… maybe I should start doing reviews on the bus?

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    • oan a bus doon the toon.


    • Haha don’t feel bad for Sophie! You have to try things to learn you don’t like them, like peas! Our kids are weird – they hate peas, but they’ll eat edamame.

      You’re being generous, I wouldn’t call any of this creative. I just listen and then write from the gut. I think I repeat myself a lot (apologies all around). But listening in the car is a great way to get this done, it’s dedicated time where I can focus (by and large – the needs of a two-year-old must still be met, at her whims). Not quite sure what I’m going to do come the summertime, when school is out. I’ll have both kids at home every day and no need to go sit in the car. Hm. I’ll have to adjust my process for a couple of months until September!

      Maybe we should submit to WP a collaborative post about Blogging In Modes of Transportation. As for you writing on the bus, go for it! It made me think of this:


      • Ahh… the summer holidays! I hadn’t thought of that. Maybe you should just go and sit in the car anyway? But remember and leave a window open – reviewers die in hot cars.

        I’ll maybe give the bus review a go! It could even be a new series…


      • HMO Oan a Bus Doon the Toon Reviews!


      • It’s a societal problem that gets ignored, and these poor reviewers are falling through the cracks. That’s why I’m starting a new Fondation, the Help A Reviewer Roll Down A Window So They Don’t Die In Their Hot Car Foundation. The mission of the HARRDAWSTDDITHC is pretty simple, and it’s a much needed resource. Please give generously.


    • When ye git lon’ly ye cahn alwiys go DOON TOON!


  2. I too enjoy the behind the scenes look, and sketches!


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