Thursday, June 23, 2011

Higher education

The burbs
















Tears of a joyful, unexpected satisfaction cascaded down my corpsepainted cheekbones some yon eve when Lunatic Offspring the Younger queried, with the full force of a childlike sincerity usually dead after a few short weeks as an adult in the machine, as to the differences between death & black metal.

Hold on, I must compose myself. Sniff.

In case you were wondering, whether for the loss of a loved one, the championship victory of a local sports team, or when une enfant fascinated with the darker half of the human condition begins to explore that side, crying is very metal.

Despite my love of language -- baroque & clear hues cleansing or a proxy thumb through the DSM-IV -- that for music goes deeper, so in lieu of prog-length treatises on styles of vocal chord destruction, tremolo picking, blast beats, the fine art of downtuning, the production aesthetic spectrum, I decided to present her with sonic samples at no cost.


















"Does this dropped D have zero calories?"



Always good to first kick it old school.



The big city



















Hi-ho the derry-o a-darkthroning we went, but don't let the picture-postcard, gently floral glass facade above fool ye. Being a righteous man of Cthulhu, 'tis a pain in my breast to bear witness to such a base Kingdom of Filth, such a Wretched Machine rabid with Despair & In Flagrante Delicto & -- no, I cannot go on, but the Duchess can. Caution: no, we didn't snapshot any hookers.

Simmer down.

42 comments:

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

*sniff*

I'm a bit verklempt meself.
~

Randal Graves said...

And I didn't even have to resort to brainwashing!

Jim H. said...

"...crying is very metal."

Also too when that first trickle of blood seeps out of your (or your offspring's) ears for the first time.

Laura said...

I was just thinking to myself.. "I bet that kid was sorry she asked after hour 2 ".. when I read you didn't give her the mind numbing version.

Good Daddy. :)

((Hugs))
Laura

Liberality said...

corpse painted cheekbones--when did you take up supermodeldom?

Tom Harper said...

"...as to the differences between death & black metal."

Ah, such a milestone. One of the most important of the classic father-son conversations.

Mary Ellen/Nunly said...

And my kids just ask me stuff like, "What's for dinner?" and "Can I have some cash?" They don't care about my musical interests for some reason. ;-)

Randal Graves said...

jim, now I just have to teach them to properly wield a battle axe.

laura, my kids tend to tune me out after the first 20 seconds or so of a patented long-winded answer. Thus, rock and/or roll that speaks on its own behalf.

liberality, I've always been pretty.

tom, one would assume, but I've got two daughters. At least they dig soccer, not that I blame them for ignoring Cleveland sports crapitude.

nunly, can you blame them? You listen to old stuff!

S.W. Anderson said...

Continuity-wise, what were you thinking, Randal? I mean, c'mon.

That last pic is cool. It evokes visions of you on your back, suffering (or feining) heat prostration but seeing a photo-worthy vista that you took advantage of. After which some kind soul restored you with the last of their snow cone, warning you to get up before the constabulary deemed you a probably substance-affected vagrant.

Re: the "music" appreciation interlude with an innocent child. The better part of valor would've been to change the subject by reading the child a few chapters of "The Wind in the Willows."

Beach Bum said...

...tis a pain in my breast to bear witness to such a base Kingdom of Filth

I saw Cthulhu in my son's road a few minutes ago as I sorted through the moldy piles of clothes and scattered empty pizza boxes making the place look like a war zone.

thatgirl said...

Yay Metal Dad!

It's only a matter of time before she'll start asking to go to shows before she graduated from high school.

Randal Graves said...

SWA, rural learnin' & urban learnin'. The world is your school, man, ya dig?

Now whose the close-minded one, the Sinatra fan or the metalhead? A victory for the power chorded, sir. Now, go buy some Obituary albums.

BB, be careful, Cthulhu loves pizza. He'll be back.

thatgirl, oh crap, I hope being responsible doesn't get in the way of air clawing.

susan said...

Be careful or I may just have to post some pictures of the rougher sides of Halifax. There are some areas they don't drive the Harbor Hopper, the pink double decker buses, or the horse drawn wagons through.

Ricky Shambles said...

No hookers? Did you move from Cleveland?

Randal Graves said...

susan, that would be cool, but don't get shot by drunken mounties, that would make me sad.

ricky, I didn't say there weren't any at one in the afternoon - Thieveland is a high class burg, after all - simply that we didn't observe any misbehavior worse than driving while three piece.

thatgirl said...

We did miss out on the crusty punks hanging out in front of the Civil War memorial. I'm still a little sad about that.

Randal Graves said...

You should see if she's seen them again, perhaps they're semi-regulars?

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