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Please, Anything But Kidz Bop August 5, 2006

Filed under: Uncategorized — tim @ 2:21 am

I’ve had music on the brain this week, specifically music for kids. I’ve been going through the massive amounts of music that H and I have been acquiring throughout the years, specifically looking for kid-friendly music. I know I’ve bought a lot of CDs that maybe I didn’t listen to a lot when I bought it, but I knew that someday, I would be able to share it with my children while they were in the formative stages of development. So far, we’ve been listening to Miles Davis, Leadbelly, Canadian Brass, but right now, this is LP’s “favorite” CD:

the new rage Yes, Contra Dancing. It’s very big up in New England, and contra dances are still held in this area, particularly New Hampshire quite often. While I’ve never been to one, they intrigue me and the music has a good beat. This is a collection of New Hampshire bands and callers doing some contras and square dances, so the music is very lively and holds LP’s interest while she’s on the changing table. Whenever I start this up, she gets an excited look in her eye because she knows it’s time to dance!

I’ll be highlighting some other music that we’ve been playing for her that she “enjoys.” I say “favorite” and “enjoys” because who really knows? It really just means that she’s not wailing and crying when this comes on. The contra dancing is really fun because we can wiggle her legs back and forth and make her dance, which she really does love. So, with contra dancing having silly words (“Now allemand once, and promenade!”), very few (if any) words in other tracks, and a dancing beat with fiddles, you can’t go wrong for the very wee. Once they start being able to protest when you put it on, then it might be time to retire the contra.

I have been trolling some music blogs this week, and I stumbled upon 2 that I particularly enjoy have been Spare the Rock, Spoil the Child and small ages. See links on the blogroll over on the left. Small ages talked about getting your kids into Camper Van Beethoven, something I can definitely get behind. I can see other songs such as any of the instrumentals, “Tina”, even “Where the hell is Bill?“, but that one’s up to you. I would be wary of bringing them into daycare belting out the chorus to “Wasted”, which goes a little like this:

“IIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII WAAASSSSSSSSSS SOOOOOOOOOOO WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAASTEDDDDDD”

You have to admit, it’s easy to see a 3-year-old screaming that. However, I cannot even begin to try and think of an explanation for Child Protective Services. David Lowery, will you just pay my bail now?

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2 Responses to “Please, Anything But Kidz Bop”

  1. Lu Says:

    I WENT CONTRA DANCING A FEW WEEKS AGO. It was awesome.

  2. Contra dancing is, indeed, awesome. You wouldn’t think it would get so… sweaty… but it does.

    (Oh, and I’ve got a kids’ music site, too, but mostly I just wanted to say that you need to try contra dancing at least once…)


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