Happy 4th birthday to my daughter, Edie Sweetie, the Dancing Machine of Granada Ave. I love you, little girl. You’re a whirling dervish of playtime and pure joy in ballet slippers. Sure, you probably don’t need to exclaim everything as if YOUR VOICE WERE STUCK ON CAPS LOCK, but that’s also what makes you you. You go up to 11. Your mother and I also worry from time to time that you might have a case of Early Onset Brooding Teenager, so we’ve made a note in The Big Book of Boo-Boos.
Edie, your laughter makes my day, especially in conjunction with your sister. You and Lu are shaping up into quite the team. I usually think this is a good thing, but I won’t lie. I question that opinion from time to time haha. But hey, when you see a picture like the one below, you gotta think that the girls know something we don’t.
SPECIAL BIRTHDAY JAM
Brother Machine – Every Day Of The Week
No Home In This World, 2005
This song perfectly embodies Edie’s carefree, boogie-down personality. Brother Machine was (is?) a side project for Seth Gibbs, now of Bobby Jealousy and The Shame And The Waste, but then bassist in The Archibalds. I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again. Dude is a genius and reminds me of Beck circa 1993-94, the brilliant and prolific cut chemist who put out 3 albums of offbeat, funky, hip-hop-influenced soul pop. “Every Day Of The Week,” then, is an old school groove wrapped around a new school chassis and on multiple occasions I’ve seen Edie dance to it as if she were leading a New Orleans second line.
“Go girl! It’s yo birthday! Do your dance! It’s yo birthday!”