I don’t like the sound of children singing.
There, I said it.
It has gotten better since I happen to have a child that is always singing (honestly, the kid sings her way through the entire day) but I am still unnerved when little kids show up in a grown up song (I’m looking at you Pink Floyd) or when kids try to cover popular songs by changing the raunchy lyrics to bubblegum ones (I’m looking at you Kidz Bop.)
So much music is inappropriate these days…so when it comes to listening to music in the car with Addie we have attempted to find a gentle balance between age appropriate lyrics and downright cheesy. Through the magic of Pandora we have both been able to listen to music harmoniously without her hearing the words “sexy, damn, hell, sucks or stupid.”
In fact there are several kids’ songs that I added to my iPod for myself because I like them that much.
Kid’s music has come a LONG way since Raffi (although I still love Raffi.) Some songs could be passed off as regular old songs until you realize they’re singing about the trials and tribulations of the monkey bars and the strange stuff on your lunch tray. There is a whole crop of singer/songwriters out there making children’s music that are so insanely talented I may never have to listen to mainstream radio again.
Here’s a few of my favorites…
Did You See (Where the Cat Threw Up) by Baron Von Rumblebuss
Everyone probably knows someone who has stepped in cat vomit at 2 am. If you don’t? Hi. You know me. I have done this. And now there is a catchy song about it.
Crayola Doesn’t Make a Color for Your Eyes by Kristin Adreassen
This technically isn’t a children’s song but my love for it knows no bounds.
Fits Right In by Robbie Schaefer
The first time I heard this one? I cried. Addie is a little goofy, a little different, way too smart and way too creative for her own good. So in the song when Molly gets up on the monkey bars and proclaims she likes who is is and what she’s all about? That’s my Addie.
The Window by Trout Fishing in America
Catchiest song ever written. There’s even a duet involving Stairway to Heaven.
Shampoo Me by Randy Kaplan
A shark shows up in the kid’s bath and asks him to shampoo him. Addie sings this one under her breath all the time and it’s hysterical.
All songs are available for download on iTunes.
Do you have a favorite grown up kid’s song?