Where my sick sense of humor, eclectic taste in music and poor judgement collide

by Jen on August 16, 2009

in Lowering the bar for mothers everywhere,Soundtrack of My Life,The Boys in the Wood

I love music. Before I had children, I regularly went to hear live music and I still go when I can fit it in. I’m obsessed with my iPod. Making iPod playlists has replaced my old-school obsession for making mix CDs (which replaced my older-school obsession with making mix tapes). This summer, I got Monk a pair of children’s headphones so he can listen to his own playlists (of songs he’s chosen himself) on my iPod. The Hubster and I are always singing around the house, and to the kids, especially if a lyric fits the occasion. The other day found me singing to Goose, “Mama said there’ll be days like this. There’ll be days like this, my mama said. (Mama said, Mama said.)

When Monk hears a song he likes, he always asks, “What’s it called?” and when it ends, he asks to hear it again. (Often again and again and…) Once, when he was about two years old, Monk asked Hub that very question about a Tool song (Disclaimer, re: the Tool song: I was not in the car at the time) and when told the title responded, “I love it! It’s noise!”

As you can tell, the Hubster and I rarely censor our music choices around our kids. Until recently, they really didn’t pay that much attention to the lyrics, so we didn’t have to. This summer, however, a serious misstep on my part resulted in my 3 year old singing Salt n’ Pepa’s “None of your Business,” so we’re we now giving it some thought. (I’m grateful he didn’t understand most of the words and has made up gibberish to substitute for the lyrics to everything except the exclamation “It’s none of your bidness!”)

However, there are still a wide range of songs which it’s appropriate — or at least, mostly appropriate — for my kids to hear. Over the last few months, Monkeyboy has made a commitment to memorizing the lyrics of the ones he likes so he can sing along. I admit that with this development, I’ve started feeding him songs that I want to hear him sing. This has resulted in what are some of the funniest moments with this kid so far.

There isn’t much that’s more more bizarrely hilarious than a three-year-old belting out, “Laundry day. See you there. Under things. Tumbling.” in the grocery store checkout line.

Or when we walk into daycare, singing, “Black coat, white shoes, black hat, Cadillac… the boy’s a time bomb!” to his teacher.

Or playing in his sandbox by himself, singing, “Oh, woman, oh, woman, why you treat me so mean? You’re the meanest old woman that I ever seen…” under his breath.

Or recently — and this one probably takes the proverbial cake when it comes to bad judgment on the parents’ part — at the mall, singing, “ ‘Booze! Booze!’ The firemen cried, as they came knocking at the door.” (This last one was damn hard to find anywhere on the Interweb. I also liked this rendition.**)

But, all joking aside, if this kid can’t get a date in high school? I’ll have to take at least part of the blame.

**The really weird thing? The more I watch it, the more I think I might have actually been there in real life for this one. The web is a strange place/six degrees of separation/it’s a small word after all/etc. MacIntyre!

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Ragtop Day August 16, 2009 at 6:01 pm

I really do admire your ecletic taste in music. Can I get an amen on the migration from mix-tapes to mix-CD's to playlists?? My own taste in music is a bit more conventional, running mostly to new country, Jimmy Buffett and a handful of children's artists that I can actually tolerate. My love of country has resulted in 2 very huge Taylor Swift fans in my family – imho she is a talented song WRITER, but a mediocre SINGER. Try telling that to 8 and 5 year olds tho. It's funny when my 8 yo sings "Tequila Makes Her Clothes Fall Off" especially since she says it "Makeela", as if it's someone's name. She keeps asking me what it means and everytime I tell her, but she always asks me again!

Oh yeah, he'll be a hit on the dating scene! :)

2 Kelly August 16, 2009 at 11:10 pm

We try not to censor music either. And I'm ok with cuss words, but I've found I can't listen to Lil Wayne with the kids in the car. Some of those lyrics could open of huge cans of worms!

3 Jen August 17, 2009 at 9:04 am

I am already conciously not censoring (N and I have loved rap since we started dating at 15) though I found myself tensing up a bit last night as we were listening to Tupac because, really, if Carter blurted out some of those lyrics I might regret it a little bit. Thankfully, Carter is too young yet to really catch them. I hope. One of my favorite memories is listening to my mom's records so I think exposure to a variety of music is important. I just ordered Carter a kids mp3 player because the other day he got ahold of the iPod attached to some speakers and carried it around for forever. He loved it. I'm guessing Monk will be more likely to get a date because he'll be the first one listening to hip new songs!

4 Jenni August 17, 2009 at 1:38 pm

at least he gets to listen to REAL music, not the wiggles or crap like that.

5 Magpie September 28, 2009 at 2:26 pm

I like this. We're much the same.
And there is nothing funnier than the kid belting out songs while she's wearing her iPod…

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