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Jane Roper is the author of the memoir Double Time: How I Survived–and Mostly Thrived–Through the First Three Years of Mothering Twins and blogger at JaneRoper.com. Her writing has appeared on Babble, Salon, The Huffington Post, The Rumpus, and the upcoming anthology The Push: Birth Stories for the 21st Century. Jane lives in the Boston area with her husband and twin daughters.

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Pop Music For Preschoolers

By Jane Roper |

In follow-up to my recent post about how Alastair and I regularly model poor screen time behavior, I thought I’d write a bit about Elsa and Clio’s own computer addiction: YouTube. (Plus an awesome kid-friendly music discovery we just made, courtesy of YouTube, after the jump. No, it’s not Rebecca Black’s latest disaster video.)

OK, OK. They’re not actually addicted. And we obviously don’t let them troll YouTube unsupervised. But we occasionally watch videos there with them — sometimes for pure fun (when people sent that baby-twins-talking-to-each-other video around, I showed it to them and they loved it.)

But more typically, it’s in response to some question they ask, e.g. (How do they make cartoons?) or something I’m trying to explain, (e.g. What an ice sculpture is,  Why “manamana” is stuck in my head, How silent “E” works — cue the old song from Electric Company!)

Recently, Alastair and I were telling them about what an amazing jumper our now-geriatric cat used to be. Which prompted me to go onto YouTube to see if I could find some good videos of cats jumping. Of course, predictably, we found, like, ten thousand cat videos, and compilations of funny cat moments.

The girls were in video heaven. We watched like ten of the things — many made up of the same clips over and over again — and the girls were in stitches. Afterward, they told me they wanted to make their own cat video. I said that Ella (our cat) wasn’t doing that much funny stuff lately, unless you count projectile vomiting. No, no, they said; They wanted to dress up like cats and do funny stuff!

We still haven’t made that video, but I promise that if we ever do, I will share it with you.

Elsa still periodically asks to see funny cat videos, and a couple of times I’ve given in and let her. (Guess a cat falling off the TV never gets old). But now the girls have a new YouTube favorite: The other day, when Clio was talking (as she often does) about how she wants to be a musician when she grows up, I went online to find a clip of the scene in Moneyball, which we’d just seen, where the 12-year-old daughter of Brad Pitt’s character plays a song on her guitar. I thought Clio would dig it.

I suspected the song had been written for the movie, and that there was probably a pop recording of it. I didn’t realize that it actually came out back in 2008, on the debut album by Lenka — an Australian artist I’d never heard of. (Which isn’t surprising given that I am totally clueless about popular music.) For all I know, it’s flying up the charts right now, alongside some song by Taylor Dayne. I mean Swift. Whatever.

Anyway, after we watched the Moneyball clip of the kid singing, we watched the Lenka video, and it was so sweet and silly and kid-friendly you might think it was actually geared toward preschoolers. The girls loved it.

I’ve now played the video approximately 12 times for them, and although I really like the song, I’m getting a little sick of it. We’ve watched a bunch of other Lenka videos, too, and they’re all really fun and quirky with lots of cool animation, and totally kid-friendly / appropriate. (“Trouble is a Friend” is another good one – and a good song.)

So, in case, like me, you’re totally out of the new-ish, music loop, I give you Lenka: Indie-pop YouTube fun for the whole family. Enjoy!

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=elsh3J5lJ6g[/youtube]

 

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12 thoughts on “Pop Music For Preschoolers

  1. Kristen B says:

    I absolutely love this – thanks for sharing!! My kids are big fans of Fuzzy Fuzzy Cute Cute (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X2F4EFYM_MA) and any other Parry Gripp animal videos on YouTube.

  2. Voice of Reason says:

    This is a super catchy tune – a couple of months ago, I was shopping in Canadian Tire (I have no idea what the American equivalent is… Walmart comes closest) and this song was playing over their sound system. I held up my iPhone, identified the song with Soundhound and immediately downloaded it to my iTunes. I had NEVER done that before and it (much like the song) made me feel very young and savvy!

  3. Shoshanah says:

    I absolutely loved that song in Moneyball! It’s on the soundtrack and I keep meaning to download it. I actually did some research on it, because I recognized it in the movie. Turns out it made its US debut in a commercial, no idea which one now, but I definitely recognized it from that.

  4. bikerdad says:

    have your kids seen this video from Kina Grannis, very similar cute sound, female singer song writer http://youtu.be/IOu0DuxFAT0 ?

    not to give it away, but the whole music video was shot/made with jelly beans-very playful, whimsical, and fun for everyone. not a bad song either :p

  5. yotko says:

    I’m right there with you on the “kitty clip” videos. My four year old insists on them on a weekly basis. (It’s either kitties or “The Fresh Beat Band.” I say lesser of two evils!) Have your girls seen “Cat, I’m A Kitty Cat?” That gets a lot of play around here as well!

  6. Jane Roper says:

    @bikerdad – they will LOVE that! Thank you! I’m pretty much done with the Lenka song at this point. Way too much of a good thing.
    /
    @Yotko – Anything is a lesser evil than the Fresh Beat Band. :-)

  7. Donna says:

    Two words: Jeff Jam. My nemesis.

  8. SRayne says:

    If the girls like Lenka you might try Ingrid Michaelson(Her song “Everybody” was in the new Ramona movie, “Parachute” and “Be OK” are the other popular ones.) or Emiliana Torrini (“Big Jumps” is cute and has the same vibe.)

    Also I’m 16 (not a mom nor do I plan to be one for a VERY long time) and I love your blog. Just thought you might like to know that us young readers are out there and highly amused by your writing style and the great things your girls say.

  9. Aunt Heidi says:

    Just an interesting tidbit on the movie and the song…the use of the song in the movie is actually incorrect…the song came out in 2008…the movie is set in 2002 :-)

  10. Jane Roper says:

    Good point, Aunt Heidi! Never thought of that.

  11. Jane Roper says:

    @SRAYNE — Thank you so much!! I love that you read my blog and you’re only 16. I feel so cool. :-)

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