100 Word Challenge: Song

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On his days off from work, sometimes my son will join me when I run errands. I think he likes me to chauffeur him around town and he usually gets a free lunch out of it.

My reward for his company is that I get to enjoy listening to his choice in music. When he was younger, and I had control over the radio, I could censure “inappropriate” lyrics. Now, he is a grown-ass man and I have very little control over his playlist. I have some say in what we listen to when I’m driving. I do like some of his songs…others, not so much.

I’ve added a few Chet Faker tunes to my playlist, along with alt.-J, Hippie Sabotage and Milky Chance. For my part, I’ve introduced my son to a little Old School – Bill Withers, Curtis Mayfield, War, Stevie Wonder and the Beatles.

It shouldn’t be a surprise to hear that a lot of hip-hop (his preferred musical genre) deals with drugs, sex and more sex and drugs. Most of the time he is good about skipping through songs he knows I won’t like, or he would be embarrassed for me to hear. When he misses one, I remind him by singing along, loudly. Nothing like hearing your mom singing about Trap Queens or “Backseat Freestyle” to ruin a tune for you. (Google it – lyrics & Backseat Freestyle by Kendrick Lamar – I’ll wait. This is my shocked face. 😳 )

This tactic has worked before, so he should have seen it coming.

A sing-along would have never happened when I was my son’s age. My mother singing “Darlin’ Nikki,”  or “She Bop?” .… I can’t even imagine it. She would have spontaneously combusted.  Bob Segar’s “Night Moves” made her apoplectic.

My son doesn’t know how good he has it.

“Always keep a song in your heart – it’s like karaoke for the voices in your head” ~ Robert Fulton Abernathy

This week’s word is:

Karaoke

Using “karaoke” for inspiration, write 100 Words – no more, no less. You can either use the word – or any form of the word – as one of your 100, or it can be implied. Include a link in your post back here, and add your story to the Mister Linky list. If you don’t have a blog, you can leave your submission in the comment section, or as a Facebook status post. Remember to keep spreading the love with supportive comments for your fellow wordsters.

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