Evil Autoplay

June 2, 2017 8:55 PM

I made a garage-y ditty with my kids using a clown car of musical instruments.

Here's the video that goes along with it.

posted by umbú (6 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite

Oh man this is awesome. Your kids are fantastic.
The video could be me. I was the king of getting my kids to do stuff like this when they were that age.

I have to say the irony of the song is kind of delicious; your message of the evils of autoplay and how they are slaves to the screen is sort of hilarious when really they are quite content to peacefully watch their show while dad has become pathologically obsessed and enslaved by the task of filming himself playing a myriad of different instruments for his big anti-autoplay propaganda song. I'm assuming this was partly your intention, as your decision to include the final shot of you instructing your kids to "don't talk, just stare" seems particularly self-aware in this respect.
Or maybe I'm reading way too much into it; it's Friday night and my kids are doing their own thing, since they're teenagers now, and you've got me reminiscing and I've had a few beers
*cries*
posted by chococat at 10:19 PM on June 2 [1 favorite]


You're not reading too much into it at all. What began as a fun activity to do with the kids instead of wasting the day watching youtube turned into dad's obsession.

At a certain point, I almost added credits thanking them for watching so many episodes so that I could finish, but that ended up feeling too on the nose. I'm glad you liked it--I'm really proud of this one.
posted by umbú at 5:57 AM on June 3 [1 favorite]


And I hear you about them growing up--umbuzinho just turned 10. He was 3 when he did loud magic song.
posted by umbú at 6:00 AM on June 3


Heya, I used a bit of this in this month's podcast!
posted by cortex at 7:15 AM on June 5 [1 favorite]


Thanks, cortex!
posted by umbú at 7:36 AM on June 5


Haaaa. Love the song, really love the video, hate the autoplay. Mine is 3 years old and thankfully pretty invested in rules, though, so even if I stop paying attention at the border between episodes, she knows that she just had the "one more" we agreed on.
posted by uncleozzy at 5:37 AM on June 6 [1 favorite]


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