Elliot has pretty good taste in music, I think. He has certain favorites, which I made into a playlist for him on my ipod. And he has his own names for him. I think the one that's gotten the most overall play is Tom Petty's "American Girl", which he has named "Turtleneck Girl". The others include: The Cranberries', "Dreams" (The Choo-choo Train Song), R.E.M.'s "Night Swimming" (The Water Bus Song), and Joanna Newsom's "Peach Plumb Pear" (The Girl Song - and as a side note, he thinks she is a little tiny elephant that sings).
On the way to the 99 cent store tonight, we listened to Elliot's current favorite song, Devotchka's "How it Ends", which he calls The Running Song. When we got there, we sat in the car listening to Nickel Creek's "Out of the Woods" - the song now known to Elliot as The Rainbow Song, and while we were listening to it, Elliot looked out the window of the car and said, "Hey, look at that tree saying hi to me!" There was a tree in the parking lot in front of us, and one of the branches was swaying in the wind as if it was waving. Elliot started laughing, and waved back at the tree. Then he said, "He's being funny! (about the tree) He has a lot of fingers on his hand, and his other arm is so long!" It was so cute. I think he really thought the tree was waving at him. Paired with the beautiful song and a windy clear night, it just seemed like one of those moments you will look back on, and remember as a time when you were perfectly happy.
And while we are on the subject of silliness, I might mention a few more of Elliot's favorite sayings of late. For goodness sake! Good grief! You've got to be kidding me! Obviously.... Actually.... Absolutely.... Manicott! Spaghett! Gol-ly! And if you want to know how good his imagination is, he threw a fit the other day because his Lightning McQueen rain boots wouldn't stop looking at him. Seriously.