September 29, 2008

Ceedy Kooker

Every morning I play a new song for Ivy. I love sharing my love of music with her and knew I must get a head start before her Daddy poisons her with his taste (I know I must be the only person that does not like Journey). But seriously, one day we were listening to Pink Floyd and he said how can you listen to this? It's painful. And I almost cried and then told him to never say that aloud in public.

But now I go and out him here. Ah well.
We can laugh about it now. But I still sometimes cry about it inside.

Today's song was a tribute to what is in my blood, and now Ivy's. She's a true mountain girl.

My grandparents are from the hills of West Virginia. Just this past weekend my grandfather, whom I lovingly call my Poppal, came to see the baby for the first time. He has army "taptoos" (according to Carter) on his arms and a saying for absolutely every situation that only makes sense to him.

That'll make a tadpole slap a whale... I think this means something is really good. He's always saying he's busy stacking bbs or he's gonna take his marbles and go home.

Growing up we'd visit family in West Virginia and there was always a new cousin to meet that I'd never known about, and sometimes maybe even a new aunt popping up that no one had known about and it smelled there. Always felt old and like we were going back in time. Back then I just didn't understand that to my family, that was home.

Poppal's always called me his Ceedy Kooker. I don't know what that is, but it makes me feel special.

And so does this song.



43 comments:

  1. That is so sweet! I like "busy stacking bb's" I also like that song :) Growing up in TN I always find comfort in the country...even though we live in the city now.

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  2. Eww... he likes Journey?!?

    I've always loved John Denver but since moving to NC and personally knowing the Blue Ridge Mountains, this song has taken an even stronger hold on me.

    I'm so glad you're setting Ivy on the right track musically.

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  3. Today my students made me listen to Journey, and I wanted to stab my ears with a pen!
    I do love some John Denver, though.:)

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  4. Even though I have no relatives or any ties to West Virginia, I have always loved that song.

    Oh, and I actually like Journey AND Pink Floyd, so if you and your hubby ever collaborated on a mix tape for me (or if anyone still made mix tapes for that matter!), I'm sure I'd love it! ;-)

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  5. O.K., so Poppals is so sweet! :) Oh, and apparently, you and my husband have the same taste in music! He loves that song!!!

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  6. I've always loved this song. Hearing it takes me back to my childhood (although not specifically WV). :)

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  7. There's just nothing like family!

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  8. Thank you for a step back into time. It's amazing how a song can fill you with so many memories

    Growing up I remember two albums my parents always listened to in the car.

    One album was that of Air Supply and the other was John Denver.

    Tears came to my eyes when I played the song on your blog. I was flooded with so many memories.

    Thanks for reminding me of my childhood.

    We live so far apart yet share a little thing in common.

    PS-Ivy is gorgeous. I love hearing all about her!

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  9. i love this post...how music connects us and causes so much feeling. and your poppal is stinking cute with his sayings!! =)

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  10. Great song, even better video, and a beautiful thing you're passing on to your daughter.

    As for WV, I went to college near there, and always drove thru the state on my way home on breaks. I am always amazed at how gorgeous of a state it is. I've never wanted to live there, but I always enjoying the drive through it.

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  11. John Denver had such a perfect voice. I love that you love having a girl!

    And he hates Pink Floyd? And you married him? His other attributes must be tremendous!

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  12. I loved this. :) Especially his little phrases; my Opa(grandfather in German) does similar things. I love that.

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  13. Awwweee, where are my kleenex?!?! I love that song too! Makes me miss you guys so much. And...we must never forget..."the horse came in and got a shave, and I left!" Love you!

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  14. I made my hubby turn down the tv so I could sing the whole song. Baby thought it was quite funny. :)

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  15. So I think we have very similar taste in music. Music is very much a part in our live, way more that the tv, since we don't have cable.

    Our favorites right now include Grateful dead, some john denver, and alway some new cutting edge band.

    Who ever saud kids music had to sound like kids music was nuts....

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  16. This was the most precious post and I cried a river of tears listening to that song. John Denver is my all time favorite. Poppal is one of a kind and yes, he does love his Ceedy Kooker!

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  17. What a great memory and song. Too funny about the music and Ivy listening to a new song a day! I love grandpa memories...

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  18. p.s. Carter's saying of tatoos cracked me up!

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  19. that is such a fabulous song! my grandparents are also in West Virginia so I can relate! great place to be filled with great people

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  20. This is such a neat little piece on your family! I love all those little sayings too. :-)

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  21. Oh. Now you have done it. Teary eyes. I am from WV myself, and that song is played at every wedding, every party, everything in my family. Not many of us are still there (one Aunt, various cousins), but we all love WV. Thanks Steph.

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  22. don't worry... we're kindred. I really, really don't like Journey... or Ben Folds... or most of the junk my sound engineer hubby has on his iPod. So- it's total torture for him when I get to choose the music!

    My dad used to have crazy nicknames for me... well he still calls me them. He calls me his "chu-pus-yawn-yum" (sounds gross I know) which means something in fin. He called me all kinds of crazy stuff growing up... but I understand the whole part about making you feel special.

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  23. I am from (and currently live in) the hills of WV. John Denver is in my collection, of course. I have lived outside this beautiful state, and never did it feel like home. I love that you are introducing your lovely Ivy to such a vast array of music. I have tried to do the same with my little one.

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  24. How great that your Poppal got to visit! He seems so sweet - and I love it when different generations have their own expressions. There's history there :)

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  25. What a beautiful post... made me want to go visit my grandfathers!

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  26. I loved this post! I know how much I depend on music to help me define and understand my emotional connections to people and places in my life. Your Poppal sounds like a wonderful person :-)

    I have to confess that while I would *never, EVER* describe myself as a Journey fan, I have been known to belt out "Don't stop Believing" along with the radio while driving on more than one occasion. I suspect that anyone who says they have never done the same is LYING!

    ;-)

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  27. this song sums up my youth ....my aunt used to play it on her guitar and I still have all the words memorized. I headed right back to about 7yrs old ....thanks for a good trip down memory lane

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  28. Oh my! my husband played and sang that song to me today!!!!
    Great taste of music!!!

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  29. We are both mountain mama's. My family roots are from the mountains of WV. I still have several family members who still live there. I get teased often about it (you know the hillbilly thing) but that's okay..I am very proud of where I come from. What part of WV is your family from?

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  30. My hubby is from (Lewisberg) and he says he can always tell when we cross over from VA to WV...there's just something about it that's different - older, wilder, untainted. He always plays that song when we cross the border, too.
    Your poppal sounds very fun!

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  31. My husband is from WVa. They do have some colorful vernacular. And hot dogs with "sauce"...

    My friend Tim used to say that Journey made him a punk rocker. He just couldn't believe that rock could ever be so lame.

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  32. I like Journey, can we still be friends? I promise not to bust out in song or hold my lighter up whenever a song comes on the radio.

    That picture is awesome, there is something so special about multi-generation photos that is so symbolic of where you come from.

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  33. Mr. AIB here:
    I know I'm going to regret this, but you have to admit this is good stuff. Visit http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LFjKFDvyJ80 for a little guilty pleasure trip down memory lane. To borrow a concept from Hugh Grant in the movie Music and Lyrics, John Denver may be dinner, but this is totally dessert. Mmmmmm...Journey.

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  34. Love love that song! Confession time...John Denver songs always make me cry! ;)

    That is a wonderful photo of your grandfather with your babies.

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  35. Hey Steph Ivy is tag on my blog!!!!

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  36. I love that song! I was just at the Shenandoah this weekend (the VA side). How fun that your Poppal came for a visit. My Nana is a good southern girl and has all kinds of sayings! Two of my faves are when she would tell me I was "movin slower than molassas in January" or that she parked "crookeder than a dog's hind leg takin a pee"! Haha they're great!

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  37. You don't like Journey?!?!?!? That's almost sacriligious...lol

    I LOVE me some John Denver, but could do without Pink Floyd.

    I'm glad you're exposing Ivy to all different kinds of music. In the words of Stevie Wonder, "music is a world within itself - a language we all understand" :)

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  38. Thank you for posting this, I can't help but smile. Me and my husband don't really share the same music taste either - but John Denver is something we both like, thanks for sharing.

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  39. I've enjoyed your blog for a while now, especially the new baby news as we have our own new little one (Luke, 9/5/08, the third of three boys). But I just had to write when you mentioned your grandparents being from WV--so are mine (Upshur County). They are so dear to my heart, as are those gorgeous mountains, and I hope to pass that love on to my boys.

    Congrats on your sweet little girtl!

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  40. You Poppal is great! And all those memories. Reminds me of the one's I have with my family in KY.

    And Jeff. I am just shaking my head.

    Jen

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  41. So glad Ivy got to meet her great-grandfather! How awesome!

    Cracked up on the music montage--Journey...Pink Floyd...Journey...Pink Floyd....

    Blessings!

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  42. Thanks for the memories. You made me think of the country roads and times spent with my grandparents at their farms...

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