Music Monday: Loves Music, Loves to Dance

I guess that since I'm kind of a mother who blogs I should, at times, blog about my kid. I have one you know. She's three. Yep. She thinks she's 15, but I'm pretty sure I didn't have her when I was 16, so I'm confident she is in fact three years old. The line, "No, you didn't offer a choice!" when told to choose between not shouting (keeping recently purchased Peppa Pig DVD)/shouting (returning the Peppa Pig DVD) is not something which usually slides off the lips of a three year old.

My kid loooooves music, and cuts a rug at every given opportunity. The music-listening I attribute to me, the dancing, to her grandmother (god help us). Unfortunately she seems to have her father's taste in music, with slight mother-influenced picks here and there. I decided the other day that now that she's three, it's high time I made her her very first mix cd. I felt like Rob Fleming/Gordon until I actually started adding the tripe to the CD to burn. Then I just felt cheap and dirty. I managed to squeeze some of "my" music in there which will hopefully redress the balance.

Regardless, it's not about me. I'm all for P listening to grown-up music, and much as it pained me and made me feel a bit Tipper Gore, I even got the clean versions of the songs. Oy, it has come to this.

P invites you to get down at your computers at the tunes she loves. That, or turn your speakers off and pry your eardrums out with skewers. Either or, really.

Track 1: L.E.S. Artistes: Santogold

Track 2: Dancing Queen: Abba (I'm more of the Priscilla Queen of the Desert, "NO MORE FUCKING ABBA!" line of thinking, but what the kid wants, the kid gets)

Track 3: Bulletproof: La Roux (or in P parlance, "Hoolaypoof")

Track 4: Hollaback Girl: Gwen Stefani

Track 5: Hips Don't Lie: Shakira

Track 6: Ring of Fire: Johnny Cash (aside from occasional confusion regarding who is Obama and who is Johnny Cash, she generally knows who JC is)

Track 7: I Kissed a Girl: Katy Perry (I hate myself for this one - bisexuality as a gimmick drives me mad)

Track 8: In For the Kill: La Roux

Track 9: Beautiful Dirty Rich: Lady GaGa

Track 10: Boys Boys Boys: Lady GaGa

Track 11: Paparazzi: Lady GaGa

Track 12: LDN: Lily Allen

Track 13: Mamma Mia: Abba (I had to put this on her CD so she learns more lyrics than the "Mamma Mia, here we go uh-gain, my my dah dah dah dah dah dah" and repeat)

Track 14: Mama Do: Pixie Lott

Track 15: Furry Happy Monsters: REM

Track 16: Umbrella: Rihanna

Track 17: So What: Pink

Track 18: Lollipop: The Chordettes

Track 19: You Are My Sunshine: Johnny Cash and Bob Dylan

Do your kids listen to kid-specific music, or are there other heathens like me out there that largely shun such things in favour of music of the parents/radio?


Anonymous said...

I'll forgive her any amount of Katy Perry and Lily Allen in exchange for Muppets/Cash/Dylan.

*does happy hippy Woodstock dance*

Betty M said...

Unsuprisingly mine have mostly parental inflicted musical tastes. This is a good thing as left to their own devices we would be inflicted with either Abba or High school musical on endless loop. Z likes any guitar based indie so he can grab a stick and pretend to play. L prefers dancey stuff . Anything miserablist gets turned off immediately. She has become slightly obsessed with the mystery that is the lp too much more exciting than boring old CDs.

Jen said...

My kid also loves him some Cash, Katy Perry, Pink and Lady Gaga. (Once when he was about 2 years old, he requested "the train song." I couldn't figure it out, until I said, "I hear a train a' comin', a' comin' round the bend?" and he nodded excitedly.) He will throw a fit if we leave the car before "Poker Face" is over, and can correctly identify Katy Perry and Pink about 80% of the time.

So...if we're heathen parents, then at least we're not alone.

elizasmom said...

Could not BE more on the same page with you!

We don't allow kid music in the house. That shit is vile. I am particularly contempuous of the bowdlerized versions of good songs, like when they take Metallica or the Beatles or whatever and turn it into lullabies. That so completely misses the point that it makes me irrational. Just admit you're a weenus who doesn't play your kid real music already if you're going to do that.

Woah. That kinda got away from me there for a minute. Sorry.

Eliza's tastes tend to run to The Beatles and stuff with great rhythms — Cross-eyed and Painless by the Talking Heads is one of her all-time faves, as is The Pretenders' Break Up The Concrete. Mostly, this is my husband's influence, but I am generally OK with that because he is giving her a solid foundation in rock music history that will stand her in good stead as a teenager — although I worry about the after-effects of her emerging fondness for Van Halen, which he played for her on a lark and elicited a full-on booty-shaking dance session. We have every hope her rebellious years will at least be filled with decent music. Sadly, she disapproves of the Kings of Leon.

May said...

Another mom here actively avoiding kid music. Dee loves I kissed a girl too, and is an ABBA and Johnny Cash fiend. And Springsteen.

Major Bedhead said...

I've written a few times about my younger girls' love of The Killers and The Dropkick Murphys. They also like some of the crappe that O listens to - I can't even tell you the names because I try to block it out. I know they like Avril Lavigne (which, really, I can't blame them. She does a catchy pop tune.). They have one kid CD they listen to, called Oy Baby. It's not bad; cover versions, but not dumbed down.

Calliope said...

awesome collection!! (& looooooove that REM muppet song so much) trying to avoid kid tunz over here too. glad for the list.


Lut C. said...

My girl loves music, but literally has no taste. She loves all music (well, that is recognizable as such).
Rock, folk, techno, classical ... the local marching band.

She also insists on dancing to any music, no matter how public the place we're in. To be honest, I think she's an adorable almost 2yo when she does. :-)

Molly said...

P is so fucking hip.

That La Roux person looks like Tilda Swinton.

Molly said...

By the way, I actually read Mary Higgins Clark's "Loves Music, Loves to Dance" in high school.


Aunt Becky said...

We--when Alex isn't wildly protesting--listen to music like this. Ben is a HUGE Johnny Cash fan.

Kristi said...

Isabella loves "Don't Cha" by the Pussycat Dolls.

Don't Cha ask.

rachel said...

I absolutely REFUSE to listen to kid-specific music unless I like it too. Hearing other moms bitch and moan about Barney and Hanna Montana or whatever the hell makes me want to punch them in the mouth. They have no one to blame for this but themselves, because they are the ones buying that crap.


That said, my kid seems to have inherited my tendency to listen to a CD approximately 329382 million times in a row, with no apparent fatigue. Happily, the CD we are currently listening to is Hey Ma. Granted, it's only the first three songs plus "Upside" but the alternative is something I don't care to think about.

rachel said...

Please excuse my horrible grammar and sentence structure repetition in my previous post. It seems I get so worked up about the horribleness that is kids' music that I lose my head completely. Plus, my coffee tastes terrible today and I just can't function.

Shinny said...

Marjorie loves some "Single Ladies" from Beyonce, did I spell that right? But then she also loves the theme song to the freaking "Wonder Pets". Depends on if she is in the living room(WP) or the car (SL). ;)