So, there are a couple of things that set up this story. First, let me tell you about the Dramatic Action Music CD. In supplying Dante with music for his room, I’d made him a couple of mix CDs of classical music, pulled from a collection of classical music used in the movies. He listens to these a lot, and has definitely found gravitated towards certain tracks. Recently, as part of his fascination with Nero, he decided he wanted to make a new mix. He pulled his favorite tracks from the classical mixes, a selection of John Williams’ Star Wars music, and, for some reason, “Computer Assisted Design” by They Might Be Giants. Once he’d crafted the mix, he called it “Dramatic Action Music”, we burned it to a CD, and he’s been listening to it ever since.
That’s the first piece of setup. Here’s the second. We have some amazing friends who have sent Dante a little present in the mail, every month, since he was born. For quite a long time, this consisted of cute little gifts, chocolates, magazines, etc. However, as he’s gotten older, random stuff like that doesn’t work as well, so they proposed sending him a little money each month instead, and we of course happily and gratefully agreed. This week, he decided to cash in the accumulated stash for a Lego Friends vet clinic. I believe the “Lego Friends” line is Lego’s attempt to appeal to girls, but of course the little kitty, the animal playground, and the intriguing machinery would appeal to Dante as well. He’s also gotten a bit interested in the Friends characters, since Laura brought home a library book for him about them. Apparently the aspiring (or actual?) vet is named Mia. Her cat is named Missy, and there’s another worker at the clinic named “Aunt Sophie.”
So we ordered the kit, endured a couple of days of “Is it here yet is it here yet is it here yet is it here yet?”, and finally it arrived. Dante built the clinic and integrated it into the Lego utopia he’d already built. This gave the cat the opportunity to get stuck up in a tree, and gave Mia the opportunity to come to the rescue. While this play was happening, the Dramatic Action Music CD was on in the background, and the music it happened to be playing was the Hallelujah Chorus from Handel’s Messiah. This juxtaposition tickled Dante, and he told the story for several days of how Mia rescued the kitty to a chorus of hallelujahs.
A while later, he got curious about the song, and googled “Hallelujah lyrics.” What he didn’t realize is that when you google “Hallelujah lyrics”, you don’t get Handel’s Messiah. Instead you get Leonard Cohen’s oft-covered song “Hallelujah.” He didn’t know the difference, and anyway the difference likely wouldn’t have made a difference to him. He was inspired by reading Cohen’s lyrics, and decided to adapt a version about Mia, the Lego veterinarian.
Friends and family, I give you the new “Hallelujah”, just as Dante typed it:
Now I’ve heard there was a secret med
That missy made, and it pleased the vet
But you don’t really care for meds, do you?
It goes like this
The fourth checkup,
the fourth complete health restore
mia instructing the baffled aunt sophie.
You felt fine but you needed x-rays
You say x-rays, dear missy?
Her x-rays were perfect,
She loved you,
but then in came a call:
“help! our puppy is sick!”
And she healed the puppy completely.
for mia king of vets
I don’t even know the name
but she’s healed just the same
There’s a healing blaze
In every word
It doesn’t matter which you heard
every one that mia speaks.
I did my best, it wasn’t much
I couldn’t feel, so I tried to touch
and I called the heartlake vet.
“I need help!
my ‘hog* is slow!
and she put it in the ‘hog races
and now it runs as fast as lightning
*’hog means hedgehog