A few weeks ago I decided to download this new and exciting app to my phone, called Pandora. It’s the hot new thing, and I’m always on the cutting edge of whatever is new.
OK, Pandora apps have been around since 2008 and the website even longer, and I’m rarely on the cutting edge of anything. In reality, my mother got the app for her phone and I felt like an old fogey and decided to download it myself.
Since that time, it’s on quite often. My son has a few hit channels that he enjoys. They are — and get ready because I’m not joking for once — in order, James Brown Radio, The Sugarhill Gang and Barney’s Children’s Station.
It’s quite an eyebrow-raising mix. Let me start with a disclaimer that I try to keep crude language away from his sensitive ears, so he doesn’t listen to EVERY song that comes up. That Barney drops four letter words like crazy.
Our favorite songs are “I Feel Good,” “Apache” and “I Love You, You Love Me.” What a collection. The first two are solely (and soul-ly) for dancing. The mancub loves to clap along with “So good! *clap clap* So good! *clap clap* I got you!”
For exercise, we love to “jump on it” with The Sugarhill Gang’s “Apache.” It’s a 6-minute song, and trust me, by the end we are both breaking a sweat. We definitely do it Fresh Prince-style.
Then there’s the sweet song. Barney’s “I Love You.” The song that made me want to poke my eyes out with chopsticks when my siblings were little has come back to haunt me. However, it’s much sweeter when my son sings it, accompanied with the hug and kiss he offers at the song’s cue. I’m actually starting to like Barney a little.
I was joking with my boyfriend the other day, while we were putting the babe to bed, that he is a music teacher, yet he doesn’t know any kids songs. Put on a Phish album, and he’ll sing every word. Strike up the band to sing-along with “Skidamarink a dink a dink” or “These are my glasses” and he’s lost.
But, kid music does not have to be traditional kid music. As Brad McElhinny pointed out, you might not even want your kid listening to “kid music.” A little funk is good for the body and the brain.
What are your favorite sing-along tunes?