My little girl who loved scouts and soccer has turned into a teenager with a passion for something very different: music. She’s traded her middle school clarinet for drumsticks and has lately been begging to go to her first concert.
The upside: it’s always fun to hear what’s on her eclectic, decades-spanning Spotify playlist.
The downside: it has been a long time since rock concerts were part of my life. I mean … I’ve actually heard lots of live music, the pandemic years notwithstanding. But it generally involves a ticket and an assigned seat, at least since I turned thirty. So I was a) rusty. So. many. apps. b) slightly intimidated by what would be safe for my still very young teenager. Crowds thrill me, but, well, there are all kinds of different crowds.
Long story short: we ended up at a Blondie show. It was amazing – exactly the right choice.
And I found myself wondering: to what extent has Debbie Harry’s long tenure as the tough, cool, boundary-smashing woman at the head of Blondie changed our impression of names like Sadie and Goldie?
If that sounds far-fetched, consider. Blondie has been a background hum, scoring hits beginning in the 1970s, inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2006, still touring nearly twenty years later.
They’re not Rolling Stones-level famous, but you’d be hard-pressed to find anyone in the English-speaking world who hasn’t heard a Blondie song. Lots of 20-somethings in the crowd knew the words.
Because it’s hard for me to hear Blondie and not think powerful woman. Surely some of that influences how I hear Elsie and Edie and Dulcie, too.
Justin, Brittany, and the rest of the Most Millennial names.
Antony, Teo, Marta, Artur … turn a TH into a T, and it’s interesting how names change. I’ve long loved Antony over Anthony, but I think it would be a hassle. Are there other names that change completely when the H is dropped?
A friendly reminder that not everyone will love your child’s name … and some of them will say that in public. Which is absolutely unnecessary. And yes, when you’re sleep-deprived and dealing with the roller coaster of parenting a newborn? Really hurtful and upsetting. But I feel like this is a case of managing expectations. If you go into naming your child – and parenting in general! – knowing that lots of people have opinions and you’re free to ignore the vast majority of them? It’s a little easier.
Do your pets have human names? If so, what kind of human names? Do they have names that you would consider for children? Because now I sort of want to name a kitten Kevin.