Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Musical Royalty: the next generation:

I wonder if  Viva Katherine Wainwright Cohen, born February 2 in Los Angeles, is already feeling the pressure. I don't know how she can possibly escape it, poor thing. Even I'm excited about her entry into the world, and we're not even related. Nevertheless, I have high hopes for her future.

Singer Rufus Wainwright just announced that he's become a dad. Of course I'm happy for Rufus, but news of his parental status isn't reason for my relative excitement. Nor, on the surface, is his announcement that the proud parents are Lorca Cohen, Rufus Wainwright and Deputy Dad Jorn Weisbrodt, though why shouldn't I be happy for all of them too, while I'm at it.

What's got my juices going is the genetic backdrop that little Viva was brought into the world with –  and where, if she's so inclined, these genes will take her. Viva's mom is the daughter of Leonard Cohen. The dad, according to Rufus's website is Rufus himself, Daddy #1 as he calls himself.

"Daddy #1 would like to offer everyone a digital cigar and welcome the little lady in with a French phrase from his favourite folk song, A La Claire Fontaine:  "Il y a longtemps que' je t'aime, jamais je ne t'oublierai," Wainwright wrote.

Like astrological signs, Viva's genetic markers are all lined up in perfect order. Not only does she have Leonard Cohen as her grandfather on her mother's side, she also has Kate McGarrigle and Loudon Wainwrght III on her dad's. And to add to her genetic stew, Lorca Cohen's mother is Suzanne Elrod, the woman Leonard Cohen's famous song Suzanne is named after. Quite the grandmother, too. So as far as I'm concerned, Viva was born into musical royalty, with Leonard and Kate as King and Queen, respectively.

So could our little Viva hurry up already and start singing. Her loyal public, moi, is waiting.

1 comment:

  1. Yes, indeed - as a true and devoted fan of the maternal grandfather and the late paternal grandmother and Daddy #1, I declare "the Musical Crown Princess" is born. Long live the King / Zaida Lennie!