Several months ago I picked up my daughter from preschool, and I happened to be playing Marnie Stern’s ‘Chronicles of Marnia’ album in the car on the way home. Olive didn’t speak much during that car ride home… she seemed pensive and reflective. We then arrived home, made dinner, played at the park, and basically had an ordinary evening.
However, the following day we were leaving in the morning to go back to preschool, and my daughter, who was barely verbal at the time, began loudly demanding: “I wanna listen to Power Girl! I want to listen to Power Girl!”
I had no fucking idea what she was talking about, until I remembered that we had listened to Marnie Stern that previous afternoon… the moment I put on Marnie Stern “Year of the Glad”, it was clear that Marnie was in fact “Power Girl” in my young daughter’s supple but rapidly developing mind. To date, “Power Girl” is still Olive’s favorite musician. Olive basically thinks that she’s a superhero.
Lately, she is constantly asking me things like “Are mermaids real?” “Is Spider-Man real?” And, “Is Power Girl real?” I am happy to be able to reply honestly to that last question - and explain that Power Girl is not only real, but she is a friend of mine, and we are releasing her next album.