I love music. Any type of music. I love it. There is always music playing at my house. There is always dancing. Always.
When I was young and my family would take road trips, we all had our own 8-tracks or cassettes and we took turns. My dad was always first and always played either Kenny Rodgers, Englebert Humperdinck, or The Lettermen. My mom’s selections were Jim Croce, Diana Ross and Donna Summer. I varied between Michael Jackson, Prince, The Violent Femmes and The Go-Go’s. My sister played Garth Brooks.
We each outwardly hated and secretly enjoyed each other’s selections. Listening to my dad belt out “Put your head on my shoulder” made us cringe and laugh. Watching my dad listen to the Violent Femmes or Prince…. made us cringe even more and laugh even harder.
We have lost something with the invention of the iPod. While the technology is fantastic, I hate the solo nature of headphones. I hate it. There is a time for listening to music privately… but not always. 5 sets of headphones attached to 5 different iPods in the car or the house makes me a CRAZY PERSON… Plug it in! Let’s all enjoy (or hate) it together….
Either as a result of being raised in this house or from their genetics… my boys love music too. iTunes gift cards are always the “treat of choice” at Chez HMM. However, we have one rule… one very big and very serious rule.
For every song that THEY choose to put on their iPods, I choose a song to put on their iPods. While this results in large monthly iTunes bills for both music and extra storage… it’s totally and completely worth it.
Let me explain….
They want Ke$ha. They also get some Marshall Tucker Band
They want New Direction, they get The Beatles
- Maroon 5? Led Zepplin
- LMFAO? Yaz
- Black Eyed Peas~~ Beastie Boys
- Cee Lo Green ~~ The Black Keys
- Flo Rida ~~ The Doors
- Gym Class Heroes ~~ Dave Matthews
- Keri Hilson ~~ Harry Connick Jr
- Lady Gaga~~ Louis Armstrong
- Coldplay ~~ U2
Justin Beiber, Katy Perry, Pink, Kanye West, Eminem, Rihanna, Usher, Bruno Mars and Taylor Swift are downloaded with Rosemary Clooney, KISS, Eric Clapton, Three Dog Night, Counting Crows, Pearl Jam, Hootie and the Blowfish and Patsy Cline. And, of course, they have more New Orleans Jazz and Zydeco music than any child should have to listen to.
They are required to listen to their iPods on shuffle.
Currently my children’s favorite band is The Beastie Boys. A few months ago it was Cage the Elephant and a few months before that it was Dave Matthews. I cannot tell you how happy that makes me. When Number One asked me last night for a Guns N Roses t-shirt, I kissed him on the mouth and proceeded to order vintage tees from GNR, Nirvana, and The Beatles.
This morning while I was cleaning and listening Tab Benoit (Cajun blues) and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band; the boys turned up the speakers so they could hear it from the pool. They have friends over. The friends have never heard jazz. They certainly have never heard Cajun blues…. They have never heard anything that wasn’t played on the radio every 32 minutes. Until now.
Currently the speakers are outside and they are listening to Licensed to Ill. GIRLS is blaring. The five boys are dancing and laughing like fools. I’m watching through the window. It makes my heart happy. I do a lot of things wrong.. but I am NOT raising music-douches
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