Printed from:

Welcome to Columbia Magazine  

Grandparent keepsake moment/Singing the Roar song

Click on headline for complete Grandparent Keepsake Moment with Linda Waggener postscript
By Tom Waggener/posted by Linda Waggener
I had a Ron Swanson Paranoia moment today while driving Tillie to daycare. When we got in the car she kept saying "I want to hear the Roar song" And I didn't know what she was talking aboutm but she was singing faintly some lyrics that I vaguely recognized.

At a stop sign I pulled up Google Play music (which I primarily have as a reference for old Police songs and the odd ear worm) and I searched "roar". First song that comes up is one titled "Roar," by Katy Perry - who honest to god I only know the name as someone who people reference as beautiful and she sang at the Superbowl that I did not watch. Couldn't pick her out of a line up.

I start playing the song and Tillie says "That's not it!" until the chorus comes on, ya know, the eye of the tiger part and she say "YES!". Now here is the freaky part, Both Tillie and I know the chorus VER-freaking-BATIM. Note for note, we sang along to it until the chorus stopped and again Tillie said "This isn't it" until the chorus came back on. So with no exposure that I can think of, my three year old daughter has become a Katy Perry fan.

Touche, corporate america. Touche. -TMW

Mema's, Linda Waggener's reply to her son Tom:

Our Tillie is so smart, teaching her dad like that!!! Reminds me of her cousin Will White when he was also about three and we were swinging on the front porch looking out over the Edmonton public square and Will kept insisting, "sing Bear on my Knees!" And I didn't get it for the longest time until he finally, said in the kind of exasperation only a three year old can show at a slow adult, "AUNT LILLA, SING BEAR ON MY KNEES!!! And it clicked! Our song was "Barrel of Money"... Oh, we ain't, got a barrel of money, maybe we're ragged and funny, but we'll travel along, singing our song... side by side". So I'm going to go google "Roar" since I also didn't watch the super game in question and as I listen I'll picture my singers singing along on the way to daycare. -LMW

This story was posted on 2015-02-05 13:25:52
Printable: this page is now automatically formatted for printing.
Have comments or corrections for this story? Use our contact form and let us know.

To sponsor news and features on ColumbiaMagazine, please use our contact form.

Grandparent Keepsake Moment: Tillie

2015-02-06 - Shelby County, KY - Photo by her Memom, Linda Waggener.

Read More... | Comments? | Click here to share, print, or bookmark this photo.


Quick Links to Popular Features content is available as an RSS/XML feed for your RSS reader or other news aggregator.
Use the following link:

Contact us: Columbia Magazine and are published by D'Zine, Ltd., PO Box 906, Columbia, KY 42728.
Phone: 270-250-2730 Fax: 270-751-0401

Please use our contact page, or send questions about technical issues with this site to All logos and trademarks used on this site are property of their respective owners. All comments remain the property and responsibility of their posters, all articles and photos remain the property of their creators, and all the rest is copyright 1995-Present by Columbia! Magazine and D'Zine, Ltd. Privacy policy: use of this site requires no sharing of information. Voluntarily shared information may be published and made available to the public on this site and/or stored electronically. Anonymous submissions will be subject to additional verification. Cookies are not required to use our site. However, if you have cookies enabled in your web browser, some of our advertisers may use cookies for interest-based advertising across multiple domains. For more information about third-party advertising, visit the NAI web privacy site.