January 2012

Choosing Great Oldies Music for Kids

Although you may carefully survey iTunes, the CD shop, and your local box store for the best musical CDs and downloads for your kids, it can be hard to find music that both children and parents can enjoy together. Modern pop music can have ultra-adult themes, and explaining to a child a questionable song lyric they hear you singing can result in major embarrassment. There is a solution to finding great music that is very kid-friendly. Look to the oldies! 
The nifty fifties are the best place to start for fun music that kids love. It’s clean cut and fun to dance to...There were many genres of music recorded in this time period. For rock and roll, try listening to “Peggy Sue” by Buddy Holly, “Teddy Bear” by Elvis Presley, and “Rockin’ Robin’” by Bobby Day. The decade also brought us such great songs as “Downtown” by Petula Clark and “Georgy Girl” by the Seekers.

Creating A Good Morning Playlist for Kids

So it’s a pretty well-established fact that mornings are not a favorite time of day for most of us, and kids are no exception. Who wants to be woken up from the comfort of a restful slumber? Well, one way to ease your kids out of bed without frustrating alarm clocks and repeat visits to their room is to play some morning music to help ease your kids out of bed and also celebrate this under-appreciated time of day. You may opt to make a playlist and hook up your mp3 player to small speakers that you place near their pillows, or you may even play the music from the hallway.

Enough with the Kidz Bop Already!

Repackaging pop hits with kid voices isn’t going to make them kid-friendly

When I first heard of Kidz Bop years ago, I thought it was a pretty stupid idea. Selling pop hits re-sung by children sounded like a bizarre way to get parents to buy music for their kids. Aside from being a slap in the face to the artists themselves—whether or not they can be called artists; it really does vary, I suppose—this practice is just another way to get yuppie parents to buy useless junk, telling them that though today’s pop music might not be good for their children, it can be transformed into something positive when portrayed with prepubescent vocals.

But instead of quickly dying out, the product skyrocketed, apparently, and now also features social networking, videos, photos, games, and plenty of other kid-marketed pop junk to last you more than several lifetimes. And it’s not even just pop. They have kids taking on the beloved monster ballads of my youth, which should definitely only be performed by their big-haired, loud-mouthed original singers. I suppose there is a lot of adult content there that grown-ups feel more comfortable about when it is delivered by the mouths of babes.