It seemed like a good idea at the time, the time being three years ago when Best Coast released their debut album with the fantastic single Boyfriend. Every summer’s better with a new splash of that let’s-go-surfing sound, and Best Coast have done it twice in a row.
At the time she was only 5, and her little girl voice singing “she’s got a college degree and I am only 5 years old” was an inspiration. The disconnect between that cute kid and the song’s “she’s prettier and skinnier” lament was great enough to be charming, even silly. But they grow up so fast, don’t they? Now, performing it again at 8 and about to enter into the 3rd grade, the distance between innocence and experience is shrinking fast. She’s got an intuitive grasp on the ‘tween dramas. Feels all the Marcia Marcia Marcia pain on the Brady Bunch. There’s only so much a dad can do, but I’d do anything to keep her heart from breaking before it’s had a chance to grow a lot bigger.
As you can guess from the above, this song (like all of my recording experiments) took longer than I thought. A new deadline – grandma hoped for a new tune for her birthday – gave us the boot in the butt to finish it up in time for the celebration. I’m glad we did, but I fear that someday her therapist will use it against me.