Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Children's Music

OK so I am taking this as a sign that I am on my third child....

I was standing in line with my little man and getting very disapproving looks from the older lady behind me because my 4 year old was dancing like a wild child and singing…really loud…”I want a girl with a short skirt and a looooong…..” (wait for it) “JACKET!” The gentleman standing with the older lady kind of smirked…but looked confused as Henry went on about fingernails like justice… I am assuming that they don’t listen to the band Cake very often…

Here’s the thing, when my eldest (who is turning 11) was a toddler, my car was always blaring Veggie Tales, Dan Zanes, and Raffi on a regular basis. In fact on one rare date with my husband, we got 45 minutes away from home and realized that we had been mindlessly singing to a "toddler hits" CD the whole way. (We very quickly changed over to Credence Clearwater to try to redeem ourselves...) Needless to say when my second child came along just 2 years later, we were still in the toddler phase, so we continued to bop around to Baby Beluga.

But then…I got tired of “If You’re Happy and You Know It.” I knew the honeymoon was over when my sister and I on a long trip with just the babies, made up rated R words to “The Ants Go Marching One by One”…I had clearly moved on

Henry’s favorite song is not “Little Blue Planet” or “Old Mac Donald” but rather “16 Tons” by Tennessee Ernie Ford, and “Jackson” by Johnny Cash. It’s all good, but I guess I need to expect the odd look every now and again.

…I am just waiting for him to break out into “They tried to make me go to rehab, but I said NO NO NO…”


Marian the Librarian said...

We've had that issue with Jacob his whole life because we listen to show tunes. he falls asleep to "Hair" on a regular basis - luckily he tends to sing "what a piece of work is man" instead of "sodomy" when he is in public.
He DID go down the hall at preschool a number of years ago sing "Springtime for Hitler" at the top of his lungs.

There's a lot of inappropriate language in showtunes, but he is fine with it when I tell him it's grownup stuff - I won't define it for him yet, and some songs are best not sung in public! (Such as anything from "The Best Little Whore house goes Public"

citygirl said...

Sarah's most loved song at the age of 3 was Rebel, Rebel. And she still asks why Tom Petty is lonely in the Apartment Song...what does that say about us? She is our only! Though I will admit that I have been caught at work singing the theme song from the Backyardigan's.

Kids Music said...

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