I have to admit that I don’t listen to kid music. Ever. I have a few songs on iTunes for JD from the Cars and Cars 2 soundtracks, but other than that, we listen to my music. This has its advantages and disadvantages. When Five for Fighting’s Chances comes on, JD squeals: “Mommy, this is our song!”
Something about the lyrics makes me think of us (and sob). “Don’t get me wrong I’d never say never … Cause though love can change the weather … No act of God can pull me away from you.” So, that’s one sweet example of JD listening to music that I like. On the flip side …
When LMFAO’s Sexy and I Know It comes on and I go to change the station (not a die-hard fan), JD screams, “Noooooo!” Then sings along: “I’m sexy and I know it.” This is cute, but it’s not exactly appropriate. Check out these lyrics: “Yeah, yeah … When I walk on by, girls be looking like damn he fly … I pimp to the beat, walking on the street in my new lafreak, yeah … This is how I roll, animal print pants outta control.”
I’ve found myself in a tad of a bind these days. JD just wants to listen to grownup tunes. Music is a huge part of our lives. It’s always on in our condo and the television is always secondary to it. I put on the jazz channel while I cook. We have dance parties to the pop station, but I completely avoid the kids station and now JD is just used to cool music, instead of twinkle-twinkle, I love you, you love me whatever music. (Yipes!) Last night we danced to Robyn’s, Dancing On My Own, made famous via HBO’s hit Girls. Also, JD knows the dog days are over from Florence + The Machine. (“The dog song, mommy!”)
Case in point: On the way to school this morning I put on The Cars’ You Might Think (this song is from the Cars 2 soundtrack), but JD said, “Noooooo, I want … Goo Goo Dolls. Let’s listen to Sympathy, puh-lease.” So, I ran my finger down my iPhone and selected Sympathy. Not exactly gangsta rap about pants outta control, but also kinda heavy: “Stranger than your sympathy … I take these things so I don’t feel … And all these thoughts from the inside out … Now my head’s been filled with doubt.”
Last weekend JD got a Kidz Bop CD as a favor. It’s in my Jeep. He seems to dig it. We’ve been jamming to it here and there. I definitely think it’s safer than some of my music and at the same time, not “babyish.”
What about you? What kind of music do you play when your kids are around? Please share!
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