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Thursday
Mar162006

If this doesn’t brighten your day, then whoops, you have no soul.

This, my friends, is why having a child is a worthwhile endeavor: yes, it’s hard, and it’s smelly, and you miss all that sleep you used to get. And then the years pass, and you have to deal with grades, and heartaches, and driving tests. But then! (Stay with me, here.) Then one day you wake up, and your behemoth of a man-child has left a CD for you, and you listen to this song that he wrote. And you realize that however big you thought your boy’s heart is, it’s actually ten times bigger. (Metaphorically speaking.)

If you’re even luckier, though, you get your reward early—say, when your child is three and a half, and you hear the song that your nephew wrote for your little boy.

(Incidentally, I have two nephews, both of whom are too amazing to be true—I think they may in fact be holograms—but, ahem, only one of them wrote a song for Henry. So, Dave, if you want equal airtime, may I suggest an oil portrait? Or how about a little interpretative dance? Just a thought.)

Here, without further ado, is “Underwater Batman (Song for Henry).”

(EDITED TO ADD: Hey, do you see the link up at the upper right? The one that casually suggests that you might want to take a survey? This is from the people at Blogads, and will help me get more money in the future, so I won't whine as much about my lack of money. If you could take it, that would be nice. Okay. Thank you.)

Reader Comments (105)

Wow, heartstrings pulled. "This is the end of the song now."

I may have to stalk Paul at the next Vassar alumni weekend - ten years is just around the corner! So I'm married and an old lady: dude, boy can sing.
March 17, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterNancy
I love his not-so-gentle insistence that the song has ended when Paul is still playing at the end.. so so cute
March 17, 2006 | Unregistered Commenterdd
Please tell me that your nephew is studying music at Vassar. The kid has talent. And I concur that he totally sounds hot. You have to give a copy of this to the person he eventually marries.

Also, I think Henry is smarter that me. I just googled "metacognition".
March 17, 2006 | Unregistered Commentercvarkey
I'm without a soul, but that's because that precious boy (via the song) just stole it from me. He can have it. It's worthy payment for listening to this slice of joy.

Lucky you.
March 17, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterMocha
Aww, they both sound wonderful! How lucky you are.

March 17, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterSheilaC
delurking to say that was awesome! thanks for making me smile even though it's Friday, St. Patrick's Day, and I'm stuck at work ALL day...
March 17, 2006 | Unregistered Commenterslaloms
That's amazingly nice (yay! I have a heart!) -- and I took the survey.
March 17, 2006 | Unregistered Commentersandra
so.damn.cute.

*swoon*
March 17, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterSolace
I downloaded "Underwater Batman" this morning, listened to it, thought it was lovely, moved on with my life. My son came home from school, updated his iPod, now wants to know how "Underwater Batman" ended up in his iTunes. Oops. If it becomes a hit among midwestern high school boys, you'll know where that got started.



March 17, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterLiz
after henry performs his second verse, i can't understand what he says. i swear, it sounds like "metacognition.... yeah, metacognition" -- did anyone else hear that? either i've been in grad school too long and i'm mishearing, or the kid is talking way above his preschool grade level...
March 17, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterC
I'm a little emotionally unstable anyway but I cried! That is the sweetest thing. And? Nephew sounds HOT. And also? I will buy his CD. And I don't buy CDs so that's something.
March 17, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterVery Mom
Took the survey!!! Yay! Couldn't get Henry's song to download, cuz I'm a Tard. Will have to have help from a technically adept friend! Will report back later!
March 17, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterJessica
Oh, that was awesome! Your nephew has great talent and it's touching he wrote that for Henry. Thanks for posting!

One thing though--did someone fall down in the beginning of the recording? Something took a tumble!

PS: "Metacognition"? Priceless.
March 17, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterKaguya Hime
that is just about the sweetest thing ever and such an awesome intro for me to your blog. Nice to have found you! My little boy and i swayed to the whole song.. beautiful!
March 18, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterElena
Until I heard it I imagined it to the tune of Neverending Story. Underwater BaaATmAAAAAn do dee do do dee do do dee do. But no. It is much better than that. You have a fabdibuloud nephew.
March 18, 2006 | Unregistered Commentershannon
Phew. SO glad I have that soul after all. ;)
March 18, 2006 | Unregistered Commenterkerri
I love that you can hear your nephew smiling while he's talking with Henry about Underwater Batman. They obviously have a great bond. This is adorable.
March 18, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterJessica
So, um, when is your nephew going to update his dang blog, anyway?
March 18, 2006 | Unregistered Commentermagicdrgn
Help! I downloaded the song (and took the survey), BUT I can't find the right program to play it! Did I say HELP?!!!!
March 18, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterValorie
I think you just caused a spike in the birthrate 9 months from now. Seriously. That was so cute it should be illegal.
March 19, 2006 | Unregistered Commenterlis
Your nephew, as well as the song, sounds like Jack Johnson.
March 19, 2006 | Unregistered Commenterclaudia
What a cool song - gotta get me one of those underwater batmans! Thanks for sharing it.

Took the survey too - hope it helps :)

Matt - from Minti.com
March 19, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterMatt
Awwwwwwww! You made cranky, pregnant mommy very happy and weepy!

Thank you for sharing that! (And please, a picute of the oil painting I know is coming soon. ;-) )
March 20, 2006 | Unregistered Commenterjozet
How WONDERFUL!! That was SOO cute!!

Oh... and for Valorie... I just played in on RealPlayer. It took a minute to start playing, but it's worth the wait!!
March 20, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterHeather
haha, I'm comment 100.Now write something new already, please?!!
March 20, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterEuropean

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