Well, technically, he’s Super Ethan in this picture. Which makes sense, ’cause Ethan is my super-awesome nephew.
Ethan turned nine years old last month. Which means that he’s approximately six years older than I remember him being yesterday, but that’s besides the point. He’s nine. I remember being nine. Don’t you? I was big into music. I saw the Monkees that year. Weird Al opened. It was awesome. So it’s a formative time (for better or for worse). And Ethan needs some awesome music to accompany being nine years old.
Only problem is, the most current thing I’ve listened to is that song Christopher Cross wrote for 30 Rock. (Which is totally wicked!) So perhaps I’m not the best judge of current music that a nine-year-old would dig. Thankfully, there are a lot of people on the Popdose staff who either listen to current music, or know what nine-year-olds dig (or should dig), or all three. So I asked them to help put together a mixtape to join Ethan in his ninth year. Here’s what they came up with. I’ve listened to all these songs and I can verify that they rock. Heck, I even added in a couple myself. And you’d be proud of me — I held off including Chuck Mangione’s special vocal version of “Feels So Good” and the extended remix of “Sweet Freedom.” I did it for you, Ethan.
Special thanks to Ted Asregadoo, Michael Fortes, David Medsker, Kelly Stitzel, and Michael Parr for their contributions. Happy belated birthday, Ethan! I love you!