Stream of Consciousness Saturday May 6, 2023: “a song from your childhood.”

I am participating in SoCS hosted by Linda G. Hill (click on the link for the ping back to the original blog post and to see the rules). Today’s prompt is “a song from your childhood.” You can find the rules at the bottom of this post.

When I was a kid, my parents always insisted that we listen to “kid’s music,” which most of the time meant that we were stuck listening to Raffi, on repeat. Even as I write this post, the familiar words of “Baby Beluga” are rolling around in my brain. That is saying something, in my opinion, if I song I probably haven’t heard in 25+ years, is still rattling around the ole’ noggin. Whether that “something” is positive or negative, I will leave that up to you to decide.

If you’ve never heard one of Raffi’s songs, you can listen to “Baby Beluga” on Youtube by clicking on this link.

Imagine listening to this song, and other songs like it, for 2.5 hours while crammed in the back seat with your two younger siblings and the family dog. Since I was the oldest by four years, I was listening to such music far into my teens. Even now, at 40, I shudder to think about it. My daughter, almost two now, has never, and will never, be subjected to Raffi. I’ve had my fill of his music for a lifetime.

The above being said, I’m not trying to be unkind, as for what it is, his music is great. And I recognize that he was very popular when I was a child.

Photo by Markus Spiske on Unsplash

I think that the saying “too much a good thing” fully applies to Raffi.

I remember that he came to the Westport, CT Playhouse, and as a child, I attended this concert. Although to be honest, the only thing I remember about that concert was that another attendee was the actor who played the father on Wonder Years.

In googling him, I found out that he is 74 years old, living in Canada, AND IS STILL GIVING CONCERTS and producing music (his latest album, a collaboration with Lindsay Munroe, was released in 2022).

Congratulations to him on what seems to be a long, successful career.


BOOK REVIEW: The Idea of You by Robinne Lee

Title: The Idea of You

Author: Robinne Lee

Book Length: 448 pages

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Genre: Fiction, Romance, Contemporary, Chick Lit

Read Start Date: March 31, 2023

Read Finish Date: April 9, 2023

Brief Summary of the Plot from Goodreads: EVERYONE IN THE WORLD KNOWS HIS NAME.

At thirty-nine, Solène Marchand is a devoted mother, a dedicated colleague and a considerate ex-wife.

But it’s a long time since she’s felt like herself.

So when someone comes along who seems to see her – to want her – for who she really is, the attraction is instant. And so begins a jet-setting, earth-shattering secret love affair.

But what if that someone is world-famous sex symbol Hayes Campbell? Captivating frontman of boy band of the moment August Moon – whose face is everywhere. Including Solène’s teenage daughter’s bedroom wall.

Can Solène allow herself to fall for the boy the whole world wants?


My Review: The story follows Solène Marchand, a successful and recently divorced art gallery owner in her 40s, who unexpectedly falls in love with Hayes Campbell, a younger man in his 20s who happens to be a member of a popular boy band.

As their relationship develops, Solène and Hayes must navigate the challenges that come with their age difference, including the disapproval of Solène’s friends and family, as well as the intense scrutiny of the media and the public. The novel raises thought-provoking questions about societal norms and the double standards that exist around age differences in relationships.

I think what I liked most about the book was the love story. The romance scenes are steamy, and the chemistry between the 2 characters is undeniable. The book stayed with me long after I was done reading it, but maybe because the ending was unsatisfactory, albeit realistic.

What prevented me from giving the fifth star was how the novel repeatedly emphasizes the age difference between Solène and Hayes, with Solène frequently reflecting on her insecurities and concerns about dating a younger man. Often referring to him as a “boy.” I found this way too repetitive. Like we get it already.

Secondly, EVERYONE in Solène’s life was constantly saying “what are you doing with him”. She had no support from literally anyone in her life. It just got a little tiring. Basically her friends were telling her that although Hayes was the big love of her life, she wasn’t allowed to be with him because he was younger than her and a celebrity? This also didn’t make sense to me because she live s in L.A….aren’t people there used to having celebrities around? You’d think it would be no big deal.

Overall, The Idea of You is a well-crafted and emotionally resonant novel that is worth a read for fans of contemporary romance. While it may not be perfect, it is still a highly engaging and thought-provoking work that is sure to leave a lasting impression.