This week, the internet has gifted us with a delightful new stress reliever in the form of “Dinosaurs in Love,” a stirring new viral hit by a “nearly 4-year-old” singer-songwriter named Fenn.
“Dinosaurs eating people/Dinosaurs in love,” Fenn croons over an emotional piano line, provided by her father, musician Tom Rosenthal. He tweeted the song on Tuesday after composing it with his daughter for fun. Inevitably, love turns into a tragedy, as the “big bang” comes and the lovers perish. “Dinosaurs fell in love/But they didn’t say goodbye,” Fenn finishes, somehow tapping into the universal experience of longing and loss in a few simple phrases.
Fenn, my nearly 4 year old daughter, recorded her first ever solo song today. She came up with all the words herself and I helped her a little bit with the tune. It’s called ‘Dinosaurs in Love’. 🦕❤️🦕 pic.twitter.com/erCgG0sUvP
— Tom Rosenthal (@tomrosenthal) January 28, 2020
At press time, this stirring track had racked up more than 40,000 retweets — including one from London’s Natural History Museum. It’s been listened to close to a million times since it was first tweeted.
“I think she’s got a really good sense of timing,” Rosenthal told CNN. “She can just about count to 20, so she doesn’t really get it if I say that half a million people have listened to the song. I told her that her grandma liked it and she wasn’t that fussed about that. She enjoyed doing it, she listened to it when it was done, and then she was gone.”
A true artist knows that even the greatest works are ephemeral. As Kansas say, “All we are is dust in the wind.” Much like the dinosaurs in question.