Slice of Life: Collaboration with the Kid

(This is for the Slice of Life challenge, hosted by Two Writing Teachers. We write on Tuesdays about the small moments in the larger perspective … or is that the larger perspective in the smaller moments? You write, too.)

The other day, my 13-year-old son says, Dad, do you want to make a song with me?

You bet I do, kid.

We used a online music collaboration site that I like, called Soundtrap, and he put down the foundation of the song while I added some of the melodic elements on top. He’s been teaching himself all about loop compositions, and he’s also been mysteriously writing lyrics to hiphop songs at night (for some possible collaborative recording effort with a friend from school, we think. He’s been pretty mum on the whole thing.)

When we were done with the collaboration, I took the audio file and used an online site to create the video, to make the presentation a little more impressive (mostly, for him).

Anytime your 13 year old asks, Do you want to … — the answer should almost always be Yes.


Peace (in the song),


  1. Anytime your 13 year old asks, Do you want to … — the answer should almost always be Yes.
    So true! Great that he wants to collaborate with you! Fun project too.

  2. Ha! Awesome! Love the way the visuals dance with the music. Love that your kid asked and that you said yes. My kid is almost 28 and I still try to always say “yes.”

  3. Kevin,

    Nice collaboration. We often get too busy to spend time with our kids. Our interactions need to be more than what did you do at school or have you done your homework.

    The song is good & the memories you made with your son is priceless.

    Peace (in music & family)

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