Watching Maria mouth the words of Katy Perry’s Teenage Dream takes me back to my pre-pubescent years listening to Phil Collins and Air Supply on my 45s. Or better yet, waiting to hear the love songs on Casey Kasem’s Top 40 so I could tape them onto a cassette to play over and over on the weekend.
It is only in the last month that Maria has shown more of an interest in music. First, Big Time Rush; then Justin Bieber; now Katy Perry and Selena Gomez. She struggles to understand the words and produce a dance move while she sings but she certainly tries. And it is doggone cute to observe her attempt it. She does what I used to do a lot; sing a word that is not the actual word of the song. She belts out “I love you like the Love Sun Baby.” Meanwhile, her little brother stands in the background pretending to strum a guitar and mouth the words to the song – perfectly content not to have a clue what he is singing. He just enjoys moving his body.
I caught Maria the other day on my mom’s treadmill jamming it out to Ms. Gomez. I had allowed her to start the treadmill and keep it at a low-level. She had grabbed my mom’s CD player and headphones and inserted her Teenage Bop CD in it. I saw the teenage Maria at that moment as she belted out a word here or there while walking on the treadmill and dreamily staring out the window in front of her. I wish I could get into that brain of hers in those moments to listen to what she is thinking in that dreamy world of hers. I am quite sure it is not how much she loves her mama….
My mother-in-law forwarded an announcement about Big Time Rush coming to Nationwide Arena in July. I can’t wait to take her to her first concert – I still remember heading to Prince with my mom in Cincinnati. What a concert in which to begin my concert experience! I think Big Time Rush will be a tad bit more subdued than Prince….