Monday, July 20, 2009

Career options

You know, I've gotta say, if the whole Rolf Saxon thing doesn't work out, I think Bud has a future as an A&R man for a record label. Seriously.

Remember back in February when Dierks Bentley's incredible new album, Feel That Fire, was released? Bud went on record at the time with his call for the album's best tracks: "Feel That Fire," "Sideways," "I Wanna Make You Close Your Eyes," and "Here She Comes."

Let's review what has happened since then.

"Feel That Fire," the album's first single, went to number one.

A short time later, the album's second single, "Sideways," was released. It, too, went to number one.

And now, Dierks is releasing his third single to country radio: "I Wanna Make You Close Your Eyes." For those keeping score at home, that makes Bud three for three.

Of course, from my Bud-centric perspective, I'm not sure how I feel about Dierks' new choice of single. Don't get me wrong - I love the song. I'm just thinking ahead to the video, which is certain to feature steamy footage that could potentially make the sizzling video for "Come A Little Closer" look tame. (You may recall that as Bud watched that one, he gave the play by play: "They're having a nap. They're hugging. They're... having a pajama party?")

Bud actually has a different vision for "I Wanna Make You Close Your Eyes." Last week as he was getting ready for bed, we were talking about songs and the emotions they convey. (I've found that this is an especially useful tool to help my little music fan try to adopt another person's perspective to sort out how that person feels and why s/he might feel that way.) We were making our way through Feel That Fire tracks ("Life on the Run" is angry and maybe afraid... "Sideways" is happy, but the "HEY! now" in the lyric might be a little surprised...) when Bud asked "And what kind of song is 'I Wanna Make You Close Your Eyes?'"

"Well," I said, "It's a love song."

"No," Bud replied. "It's a lullaby."

"A lullaby?"

"Yes," he said. "Dierks sings it to Evie when she needs to go to sleep."

I reviewed the lyrics in my head - the ones that, up until that moment, could only be about one thing - and suddenly I could see how, when taken from Bud's perspective, they could also be describing a daddy getting his baby ready for bed:

Girl I've been waiting on this long hard day to get over
So I can rest my head right here on your shoulder
I just wanna lay here and feel your breathe
Listen to the rhythm of your heartbeat...
We're wide awake, but girl I wanna make you close your eyes,

and how even the most overtly suggestive lyric could simply be about helping the baby with her pajamas:

And if you need a little bit of help from me,
Babe, there's not a button that I can't reach.

My heart just about melted on the spot.

So, okay, maybe Bud's not quite ready to be in charge of a video shoot; I still think he'd be a great A&R guy.

Just a very, very sweet one.

09/09/09 - Edited to add:
Hurray for Dierks and his new Bud-appropriate video! Check it out!


Betty and Boo's Mommy said...

Oh, this makes my heart just melt ... how precious, and how brilliant. Of Bud, for thinking of this in this way - and you, for using his love of music to help with the all-important (and tricky) task of teaching about emotions.

(And, having just borrowed this CD from the library, I must agree with Bud's assessment.)

Niksmom said...

I think I need to have Bud select all my music from now on. (Maybe some lottery numbers, too?? ;-) )

I love the innocence in Bud's interpretation; I often try to imagine alternatives for song meanings, too. You just never know...he could be right!

Robin said...

that is just so sweet
Bud is a good little guy!

pixiemama said...

It amazes me how he can relate to music - how he can both understand and envision the lyrics. Bud, the ultimate music critic.


Stimey said...

It is such an amazing, wonderful connection that Bud has to music. I know that music has a very powerful emotional effect on me, almost always positively. It's wonderful for Bud that he's tapped into that so young.

DBcongress said...

Genius, dude! DB Congressman, Bud--you rock! Thanks mom for sharing such insightful thoughts from Bud! And what a great way to teach your son about emotions! I remember when Dierks sang 'close your eyes' in his town hall meeting (acoustically) in October--I knew then it HAD to be a single--the next #1 I think!
DB Congress Chair!

MOM-NOS said...

I heard IWMYCYE on the radio as I was driving in to work this morning. If it doesn't hit number one, I'll eat my hat.

shon82573 (Shonda) said...

I first read this on the DBCongress site and it was so precious- how innocent and pure Bud's heart and mind are-- Too bad we can't keep them that way forever... now when I hear this song sometimes I actually envision DB getting EB ready for bed and smile-- of course there are other times I hear the song and the meaning of it hits and I still smile, just a bit differently :) :)