The boy who knew too much: a child prodigy

This is the true story of scientific child prodigy, and former baby genius, Ainan Celeste Cawley, written by his father. It is the true story, too, of his gifted brothers and of all the Cawley family. I write also of child prodigy and genius in general: what it is, and how it is so often neglected in the modern world. As a society, we so often fail those we should most hope to see succeed: our gifted children and the gifted adults they become. Site Copyright: Valentine Cawley, 2006 +

Monday, September 14, 2009

Tiarnan's interpretation of a song.

Tiarnan, three, is rather fond of the Transformers. Therefore, it was little surprise, perhaps, that he has taken to singing its theme song. However, he came out with his own version. Part of it, went rather like this:

"...and wash the Americans clean!"

It was both sweet and funny to hear him sing these wonderfully reinterpreted lyrics. I, at once, thought of all those dirty Americans being washed. What a strange song. He sang it with such earnestness in a kind of rock style, that no matter how funny it was, you couldn't really laugh at it: it was just done too seriously for that.

I had to ask my wife what the lyrics were meant to be: "...and wash our memories clean!" However, on listening to the song on another occasion, it was obvious why Tiarnan had difficulty discerning the words: they weren't sung clearly at all.

On listening to both the real song and Tiarnan's version, I find that I much prefer Tiarnan's version. At least, his has a funny image in it.

What is particularly sweet about Tiarnan's singing is that he puts a lot of extras into the performance: a rhythmic nodding of the head, the intent expressions on his face, the "rock" is, as a whole, a great little performance.

Thank you Tiarnan for the wonderful - and unintentionally original - song.

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