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Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Music to MY Ears

Since having Miss Emi, or as my husband and I like to refer to her, "Augustus" (Gloop from the Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory movie), we have dreaded the day when we would have to start censoring our iPod selections in the car. While reading Francesca's recent Points of Joy post, the photo that resonated with me most was of her favorite channel on XM radio. For those of you who don't know Francesca personally, she is quite "street" when it comes to her music. Don't let her approachable, friendly, sweet face fool you. The girl doesn't mess around when it comes to her music. One word for you: "Friends" by Whodini. (You have to love the very "street" spelling of his name!) This is one of her FAVORITE songs. She knows all of the lyrics, which is quite impressive.

Recently, my sister brought to my attention that Jay-Z's "H to the Izzo" and Kanye's "Flashing Lights" were not appropriate for Augustus. What? My immediate response was, "Who cares what she listens to?" The songs have a great beat. Besides, she doesn't know what they are saying. Have you ever listened to these songs? Fabulous!

Since I did not quickly respond to her concerns, my sister bought Emi two children's CDs for her birthday: Raffi, which is alright only because I already know all the songs, and another CD, not worth mentioning. (Sorry Mo!) Listening to these CDs a few times got me thinking that I will insane if I have to listen to Raffi for the next 10 years. Can I really make that sacrifice? Who are we kidding? NO.

So here is my top five recommendations you AND your little one can both enjoy (or at least you can enjoy and not feel guilty about it!). They are in no particular order.

1. Rockabye Baby by Radiohead! My husband made this purchase. There are really no lyrics. The company also offers a ton of other popular artist versions like Coldplay, Nirvana, Bob Marley, etc.

2. Sing-a-longs and lullabies by Jack Johnson. Some very cute songs. I love the "We are going to be friends" remake.

3. Baby Loves Hip Hop Presents the Dino-5. My husband and I are both big Jurassic 5 fans and one of the lead singers is in this group. It's very cute and very hip. Baby Loves also produces great Baby Loves Jazz CDs.

4. Play by Various Artist. For those of you that appreciate house or electronica, this is the CD for you and your kid.

5. Charlie Brown's Holiday Hits by Vince Guaraldi. This is one of my favorites, especially around this time of year. Great to play in the car when you are starting (or finishing) your holiday shopping! Agh.



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Cass said...

I have been having to censor my music too, so I understand! Thanks so much for stopping by my saucy blog & for the compliment on the design! The header is all my hubby's doing, he's so talented! (Oh & by the by I couldn't hold out any longer...I decorated last night!!!! LOL!!!)

Mama Amber said...

I have been having to watch what we listen to or watch on tv also, it's amazing what a 2 year old can pick up. Lol.
Thanks for stopping by my blog. Your blog is beautiful also.
I refer to my kids as "Irish twins" because they are less than a year apart. They're 10 months apart. I'm not sure where the saying Irish twins came from but I thought it was neat. I heard of it after my daughter was born.
Take care.
I'm sure I'll be back to your blog!
xoxo Amber

*MARY* said...

Silly Songs with Larry is the greateast album of the century. Also anything by They Might be Giants is kid friendly as well.

Michelle said...

Hi there,
Just read your post on my blog.. Michael Buble is fantabulous and I would LOVE to see him in person.As for "Compression Leggings" they are tortuous evil creations I'm sure a Man came up with. They are meant to keep the blood flow going in the legs and stop my BP from dropping low when I stand and move around. With my first child I had hypertension, this time, Low blood pressure... I'm trying to do my best to comply... wore them for about 4 1/2 hours today... hateful things! Only 12 more weeks till delivery so all things are relative! As for your post today.. censoring music.. I am dreading that day.. my son likes to dance to whatever and has been known to boogie to Abba.. what can I say.. I have eclectic music tastes!

Weeksie50 said...

I love Kids music by Stephen Fite. We use him a lot in our classroom.

I love Celion Dion's Lullaby album. : ) It works like a charm..

I love my new Delve. I will admit is it taking awhile to get used to though.. The touch screen can be a bit touchy..lol.

forever folding laundry said...

You stop calling that sweet girl Augustus Gloop right this minute!!! She is perfect. =) (I freaked out on Gary the other day when he said Avery had 'beefy thighs'. Maybe because the day before my mom told me her body shape was the same as mine. Great. I'm beefy.)

The Charles Schulz CD is one of my faves, too!!

Courtney Kay said...

Thanks for the comment! I love your blog! I do cry all through makeover, but especially when the bus moves :)

Ashlee Davis said...

very neat list, i will have to look into to those! Thanks for them comments on my not me! :) I hope you have a great week

wendy said...

jasper is a big fan of jack.
so glad you introduced me to him.