My Lyfestyle Through Lyrics
Growing up, my mom didn’t really allow for much television or radio. She’d buy series of books (i.e.- Baby Sitters Club, Beverly Cleary series and Nancy Drew mystery series), but she felt television and music was a waste unless it was related to gospel, classical, motown and/or Elvis. My dad, on the other hand, paid the cable bill for his sports and news programs, so I snuck in a few programs when my mom wasn’t home.
It was in those moments of sneaking and watching television that I discovered children’s programming such as Mickey Mouse Clubhouse and Kids Incorporated. That was my escape from my crazy world. Ok, so what was so crazy about my life at the ripe young age of 9 or 10? Nothing… especially now that I compare it to my current adult life. I miss those shows. Some of today’s platinum artists today were regular cast members on those two shows alone. Britney, Justin, Christina, JC Chasez, Fergie… they were young talented kids then and it’s no surprise each of them is successful today with platinum hits under there belts.
Today, I sit here with my son as he watches his favorite television shows and all of them evolve around music. The Fresh Beat Band, Yo Gabba Gabba and Majors & Minors are all shows my son has grown to love. Aside from the music, what I love most about wack of these shows are the diversity in content, cast member, guests that appear on the show as well as the music performed. I have my own musical influences that I share with my son, but I want him to REALLY be open to different genres of music. I want him to embrace it all. There are genres I steer clear of because of the content, but for the most part I let him listen to whatever he wants; the radio edits mostly.
A few years ago McDonald’s featured Kidz Bop CDs in their kids happy meals. I popped in a couple of them into the CD dash to see why McDonald would think to even go there with influencing my child. Well, from that day forward I’ve been buying Kidz Bop CDs for my son. It’s a group of kids singing kids versions of today’s hottest hits. I love running errands with my son because I love listening to him sing his heart out in the back seat while I take care of business. The only problem is, he’s a stereo hog. Oh well. As long as he’s happy, I’m happy.
What music do you let your kid(s) listen to? How important do you think music will be to your child 10 years from now?
Until next post,