We don’t necessarily go out of our way to play music that is appropraite for the kids. Don’t get me wrong. We don’t rock out around the house to Nine Inch Nails and Gwar, but if we’re driving to the store, we normally just listen to the radio or play one of the cds that we have. There are times that we concentrate more on the kids. We bought our daughter the Tangled soundtrack because it was her favorite movie, and she loves that. We also recently discoved the Kidz Bops station on Pandora, so I’ll hook my phone up in the car, and we’ll listen to that. It looks like we may need to redouble the efforts though because my daughter’s current favorite song isn’t necessarily one that we would have picked for her.
She has had other songs from the radio that she has liked. For some reason, she really enjoyed Maroon 5’s She Will Be Loved. The video isn’t really appropriate for her now that I’ve seen it for the first time, but the lyrics are pretty harmless. If we were in the car and she said, “Daddy, can we listen to ‘she be’,” we normally put it on for her. No big deal.
Her new favorite, however, isn’t necessarily something that I want her listening to on the daily basis. She has become a very big fan of P!nk’s So What. I think she got caught on the na-na-na-na, na-na parts from the very beginning (in fact, she calls it “the na-na song”), but now she knows all the lyrics. Let’s examine some of the said lyrics.
“I just lost my husband, I don’t know where he’s at, so I’m gonna drink my money, I’m not gonna pay his rent”
“I got a brand new attitude, and I’m gonna wear it tonight, I’m gonna get in trouble, I wanna start a fight”
Neither one of those lines are things that I necessarily want to hear coming out of the back seat. In the tally for the father of the year award, this would probably get marked down in the “negative” category.
Part of this is that I’m too concerned about what my kids listen to. The fact that she likes this song is probably harmless, but if we were certain company, and she said “I’m gonna drink my money,” I would be horrified. My favorite band of all time is Counting Crows. By most measures, they are a very acceptable band, but even they have one or two songs that I don’t play in front of the kids.
What are some of the music that your kids enjoy? Do you have any stories similar to this that you’d like to share? If so, please let me know in the comments below.