But first, I have a story for you.
Sometimes when I meet people offline who only know me from online, one of the first questions I'm asked is if my kids' names truly are Kiedis and Tova.
The answer is yes.
Then they want to know how we got them and I have my short answer -- that Kiedis is a last name and Tova is Hebrew for good. Usually that's enough and most people let it drop at that.
But here's the story: Kiedis is named for a pair of jeans I used to wear all the time by Rock & Republic, back when they were a luxury brand and not a sub-brand of Kohl's. And THOSE jeans are named after the lead singer of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Anthony Kiedis, as all cuts of their jeans were branded by famous rock stars.
It was a joke that stuck, to be completely honest. We're not even RHCP fans, really. But he was born and he was Kiedis and that's kind of that.
Hopefully now all of the chili pepper references and psuedo-punk rock apparel make better sense.
However, as he's learned speech and started to blossom into a little person, the irony of his name has not been lost upon him.
He loves music. He loves singing and playing his dog guitar and most nights he belts himself to sleep -- lately it's Disney songs but sometimes it's Lorde or Of Monsters And Men and I feel like a proud little hipster mama.
So when I was asked to review a free iPad (and iPhone) app called Zya, where the point of the game is to make music, I agreed.
I wanted to see what Kiedis could do, when left to his own devices.
First, I gave it a whirl because I'm not going to just hand over some random game to my four-year-old and let him go. Now, understand that I grew up without video games and we don't currently have a gaming system, so me playing a game is kind of a big deal. Since the app was for iPad, I was able to download it easily and was up and going in no time. A tutorial pops up and shows you how to play the game -- you pick pre-existing band members, a beat, a verse, and a chorus, with the chance to add all kinds of studio effects at every stage of the game.
Then, at the end, a cute little dog named Snarlz Barkley (who is far less annoying than you'd think -- he doesn't even speak) remixes your efforts and you get a little song at the end you can upload to Zya's YouTube channel once you make a Zya account.
I kept getting the cat-themed ones because I kept making girl bands. Whoops.
It didn't take long for not only Kiedis, but Kyle and Tova as well, to come check out what I was doing. And, as I suspected, Kiedis very quickly picked it up from peering over my shoulder and had very strong feels about what people and effects I should use.
So I handed it over to him and let him go.
And this is what he came up with.