Musical Tastes

I love music. Always have. The iPod is loaded with everything from Matchbox Twenty to Backstreet Boys, from Poison to Michael Buble, from KISS to Whitney Houston. All kinds of music. It’s the only way to go. Something like 3,800 songs on the iPod.

I’m trying to play a little bit of everything for Aidan. Sure, we’ve got Disney stuff, Dan Zanes, Laurie Berkner, Dora and Raffi, but I’m trying to play more ‘adult’ stuff for him, too. And so far it’s working.

Mostly, I’m starting him on songs that are more acoustic or vocal driven and not coming with stuff that’s too hard — at least not yet!

Some of his favorites so far:

~ Anything by Peter, Paul and Mary, especially “the jet plane song” and “the hammer song”

~ “The cowboy song” — or Wanted Dead or Alive by Bon Jovi

~ Nightswimming by REM

~ Anything of James Taylor’s greatest hits

~ Eye of the Tiger by Survivor (probably the hardest song yet). And, everytime this plays, I get the question, “What’s the thrill, daddy?”

~ Bubbly by Colbie Calait (what can I say, he has good taste!)

~ Hey There, Delilah by the Plain White T’s is probably his new favorite

And today we introduced a couple songs by The Beatles into the mix. He wasn’t keen on Yellow Submarine, but he did like Yesterday and Let it Be. Although as Let it Be came on, I couldn’t help myself, so I started singing while driving.

The next thing I hear from him?

“Um, daddy, please don’t sing.”

What else? I got nothin’.

18 Comments on “Musical Tastes”

  1. La says:

    Nightswimming is one of my all time favorite songs!

  2. Fritz says:

    How about some Dave Matthews??? its great, my 11 year old loves it, and also really enjoyed the crosby nash concert we went to a few weeks ago!

  3. Barb says:

    I love that he told you not to sing!! Kids say the best things!

  4. Stephanie says:

    That’s cool that you’re introducing him to “real” music as opposed to just kids’ music all the time – easier to keep your sanity!

  5. Molly says:

    Wait, liking Bubbly means you have good taste? WRONG.

    “The smell of my toes makes me wrinkle my nose…”

  6. Each says:

    I used to Nanny for a kid (age 3) who LOVED Outkast,

    and my co-worker’s kid (age 9) loves some Queen.

    more power to you!

  7. Pessimistic Redhead says:

    My nephew once told me, “Gramma’s okay to sing, when she doesn’t sing loud.” I remind my mom of this often.

    And Molly, I had to laugh at your comment. It’s “It starts in my toes and I crinkly my nose;” the “it” being the “tingles in a silly place” she just referred to. Though I have to agree with you, I could leave this song.

  8. Molly says:

    Haha I know, PR. I just hate the song so much since it’s like she picked one word and found as many things as she could to rhyme with it!

  9. Chelle says:

    Thanks. It took me years to get “Eye of the Tiger” out of my head!


  10. Anna says:

    Will heard Yellow Submarine the other day and started cracking up! He asked to hear it again, but it isn’t on my iPod. I played Mother’s Little Helper for him instead.

  11. John Bauer says:

    I have got Jack into Bruce. For the longest time Bruce was the shark from Nemo. Now Jack knows it is the Boss.

    “Daddy…play screen door slams”

    Thunder Road. Awesome.

    On the REM front, Superman is a big hit. Gracie loves “It’s the End of the World as we know it”.

  12. Beta Mom says:

    What?! No musical theater?

  13. I love my kids listening to my music. i never listened to kid music as my boys grew up. i think the “not for Kids only” by jerry Garcia and david grisman is as close to kids music. they love bluse traveler, the dead, phish and the new one Pink! i had to stop listening to some songs once they could sing them, like Gin and juice…oops!

  14. Stormy says:

    Just wait until you have to listen to Radio Disney non-stop. They play the same 15 songs repeatedly. And damn the Jonas Brothers & Hannah Montana/Miley Cyrus for having catchy songs!!

  15. Sarah says:

    Haha! Love it.

  16. Clink says:

    I love that he has favorites and I LOVE that you’re starting him on the Beatles. He’s so cool.

  17. It’s great that you have such great taste in music so that he does too – my nephew sings *Rocket Man* at the top of his lungs and it cracks me up as he knows the song verbatum!

  18. Anna says:

    Um…noone said you had to join NABLOPOMO, but helllo?

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