2014 will be the year that I finally got to listen to something other than kid’s music in the car. For the last 4 years we have had a steady diet of music from Sam Moran, Giggle and Hoot, The Wiggles, Yo Gabba Gabba, Sesame Street and Peppa Pig.
I have nothing but admiration for children’s entertainers. Their music is a wonderful introduction for little ones and we still play our favourites regularly. Both of Sam Moran’s Play Along With Sam albums are big winners in our car. I recently realised however that things needed a shake-up. I was driving alone not realising 5 minutes into my journey that a kiddie CD was playing and I was singing along with Sam to every single word. Drastic action was required.
With Miss TT attending a school disco this term I thought I should probably get her acquainted with some of the tunes that might be played.
I would therefore like to formally thank Pharrell Williams, Taylor Swift and Mark Ronson for getting Miss TT excited about what she calls “mummy and daddy music”. Not that Handy Hubby and I are huge Swifty fans although I do appreciate her as a great role model for girls (plus Shake It Off is one damn catchy tune). I am a big fan of Mark Ronson so was excited to pull out his previous album to play to the kids.
I love it when my toddler tornadoes like the same music as me. Seeing them jump around to Foo Fighters or attempt their own style of breakdancing to the Beastie Boys is great fun (Handy Hubby has been showing the kids too many b-boy clips on You Tube).
Mr TT even tries to sing along to the fabulous song Uptown Funk by Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars. I always get a good giggle when I hear him sing “hot damn!” and watch him groove along.
With this new interest in mummy and daddy music comes many questions. Every time a song comes on the radio I get “what’s this song about mummy?” I make up most of the answers for fear of heading down a path that will involve subjects a 4 year old doesn’t need to know about yet. As far as Miss TT is aware, most songs are about dancing, telling lies or cuddling.
My early musical memories are of kiddie albums from Patsy Biscoe, Anne Murray and The Chipmunks. My older sisters weren’t too impressed with this selection so intervened and started feeding me a healthy diet of Countdown, Barry Bissell’s Take 40 Australia, 80s Aussie rock icons like Hoodoo Gurus, INXS and Australian Crawl and numerous 80s compilation albums. 1981 On The Wall, 1982 In The Sun, 1984 Throbbin’ and 1985 Heaps of Hits were a few of the classics in our vinyl collection.
I have nothing but fond memories of this time and would like to thank my sisters for setting me on a path of musical appreciation. You’ll be pleased to know that my taste now extends well past the 1980s. I hope my tornadoes will remember with fondness their early introduction to music, from kiddie tunes to mummy and daddy music.
I love the musical stage they are now at – bopping along to kiddie music and still innocent enough not to know what the songs on the radio are actually about. For them the importance is in the beat of the music and catchy hooks. It doesn’t matter if it’s Taylor Swift, Dave Grohl, Sam Moran or Justine Clarke. For them it’s all about the music. And that’s how it should be.
Personally, I still have a soft spot for Chipmunk Punk.
What were your first musical memories?
Who are your favourite kiddie musical artists?
What’s your favourite song at the moment and which ones are driving you up the wall?