His Latin Roots

by Stefani on 7-January-2008

He Hears Jimmy

This boy of mine marches to the beat of a different drummer. He’s got his own groove. He hears his own song, both in the metaphoric sense, and in literal terms.

This kid LOVES all things musical. It can be John Denver or Jimmy Hendrix, all he asks is that it’s “louder Mama, turn it up LOUDER!”

Wanna know what he wanted for his third birthday?

Blues on the Green

A “Gun tar” as it were. He played with it, slept with it, drug it everywhere, until it went the way of all toy guitars.

Since it’s untimely demise, he has asked, with regularity, “Mama when can I get a real one? Not a toy one, a REAL guitar, for REALLY playing?” He’s midway between 5 and 6 now, and still, it’s all about the guitar.

He waits all week for World Music Night on our local radio station. He professes that flamenco (or “flamingo” as he calls it”) is maybe his favorite kind of music. Maybe though, it’s “rock”. So “I’m gonna need two guitars, Mama. A ‘lectric one, and a ‘coo stick one.”

He pushes “replay” on this, about a half million times a day.

It’s funny really because you’d swear, if you saw us together that this was not my child. I’m darkish, dark skin, dark hair, brown eyes. He’s glow in the dark pale, freckles over his nose, blue eyed and blonde. Deep down though, my boy has his Mama’s Latin roots. He’s got little fingers that are just itchin’ to pick out a world beat.

… and I’ve a delicious little secret. His day is coming. It is right around the bend…

More to come 🙂

Irene January 7, 2008 at 8:39 pm

It’s great when a child has a real instinctive desire like that. You should definitely meet it and get him that guitar. He probably has the talent to go with it, but you already know that, don’t you?

sarah January 7, 2008 at 8:51 pm

i remember seeing that act on letterman and being floored. and when a child can recognize that and desire that … that is amazing. run with it, girl – or watch him run with it, i guess i should say.

molly January 7, 2008 at 8:52 pm

eek! I love it. Emma’s first guitar (plastic, tiny dollar store crap) was red. And now she still thinks guitars are called “redguitars” but it comes out kind of like “reck-i-tars”. I guess I should correct her one of these days.

i love the way you write about your children…

Sarah Jackson January 7, 2008 at 9:40 pm

Oh, I have that with my babes. They both have an abiding love for the guitar and all things musical.

Hug the boys for me. We’ve missed each other lately and I’ve missed the connection. Love!

molly January 7, 2008 at 10:00 pm

That clip gave me goosebumps! Now my little guy has asked me to teach him how to play guitar so he can be in a band. If only I could…

Tracy January 8, 2008 at 5:26 am

Oh, goody! I’m so excited for him. And for you.

kirsten January 8, 2008 at 6:21 am

ah, man – my kids have that total need to rock, too. they’re insistent on drums AND guitars.
oh boy!

emily January 8, 2008 at 7:05 am

such a good mama!

Alicia A. January 8, 2008 at 7:30 am

When he starts his own band, my own little blondie will be his first groupie- she loves to dance! You should have seen her shakin’ it to that song!

brit January 8, 2008 at 9:57 am

where did you get the toy guitar? My three year old is all about the guitar/violin..he goes back and forth, all toy guitars double as violins and he constantly wants me to ‘go to the store get a guitar! and a violin! and a bow!

Katherine January 8, 2008 at 9:58 am

Muy muy muy delicioso!

Ali January 8, 2008 at 10:37 am

Amazing – it’s one of the greatest privileges of parenthood. Being able to grant someone’s deepest wish. Especially one as heartfelt as his.

Your secret warms my heart.

erin January 8, 2008 at 11:12 am

oh, i can’t wait to see that.

Amber January 8, 2008 at 6:02 pm

How sweet. Don’t you just love how our kids walk their own paths in life… I often find myself mesmerized.

miguette January 10, 2008 at 11:05 pm

I was lucky enough to see Rodrigo and Gabriela at Lollapalooza last summer and they blew me away. It was beautiful. Almost as beautiful as seeing a little guy learning guitar. I hope it sticks.

Grace January 13, 2008 at 10:58 pm

I’m a musician, my husband is a musician (mostly latin music, btw), and this (and the next post) just makes me happy all the way to my toes. i wonder if it’s time to revisit the idea of a musical instrument with elle. thanks, stefani.

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