Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Get Your Groove On

Way back at the beginning of my blog, I mentioned that we don't do a whole lot of "kids music" around our house. I keep it to a minimum, in an effort to save my sanity and to allow my daughter to cultivate a love of real music. (I really don't go in for the Wiggles.) This conviction to expose my little one to real music also comes from my own childhood. The soundtrack of my early life included The Beatles, Simon & Garfunkel, The B-52's, and The Talking Heads.

For my little one's birthday parties, I enjoy making CD's as party favors. I try to make them both kid and adult-friendly, including songs that grown-ups know and love and kids will enjoy grooving to as well. A dear Mama friend asked after my little one's last party, "Where do you find all this music that's just perfect for a children's CD?" My answer to her was my own collection, being the music addict I am.

But now, Cookie magazine has a list for everyone who doesn't have access to my bloated iTunes account. The list is as cool and kid-appropriate as you'd expect from Cookie, sporting tunes from the legendary Stevie Wonder to the super-hip White Stripes and just about everything in between. Like jazz? It's on the list. Maybe you're a Reggae fan? You won't be disappointed.

It's a truly tremendous list of great music that your whole family will love. Before you know it, you and your little one will be singing along to the Rolling Stones on your way to the supermarket.

7 comments:

beth♥ said...

I have the same theory. Subsequently ... I have a thirteen year old who is obsessed with music and his iPod is loaded with everything from The Beatles to Harry Connick Jr. to Lauren Hill and more.

Murray said...

We LOVE doing this! As a matter of fact, parents always end up requesting one as a gift for their little ones. We are working on a Birthday CD for a party this Saturday, last year we included "Happy Birthday" by Altered Images, it was a huge hit!

Meaghan said...

Beth, it's so much more fun to raise kids who like actual music, isn't it?

Murray, I don't know that tune and will check it out for sure! This year, our big surprise hit was "The News" by Carbon/Silicon (Mick Jones' latest band). Good, good stuff.

Murray said...

"Happy Birthday" is from Sixteen Candles, here's a video I found on YouTube. Makes me feel so old!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HgqD826HGuI&feature=related

Ruth said...

We listen to music most of the day. My music. I never hear any complaints, except sometimes my son deems some of it "too sad," so we have to switch to something more upbeat.
That said, I do love Dan Zanes. I think he appeals to kids and adults alike, and often results in raucous dancing.

Mrs.French said...

Yay! I so need this...right now we are pretty stuck on Jack Johnson, so it would be nice to expand that a bit.

Meaghan said...

Murray, of course! I totally remember that song. And I'm totally stealing it for our third birthday CD. Nice one.