At least they have good taste in music

by DaniGirl on January 8, 2008 · 10 comments

in Ah, me boys

For the longest time, my iPod was generally something I used only at the gym. I’m not overly fond of headphones because (and I know this is why most people like them) I don’t like being insulated from the outside world. And there is something about my ears that actively rejects ear buds.

We got a transmitter for the car, but didn’t seem to remember to use it except for longer trips… and even then, the power outlet was often prioritized to the DVD player for the boys. (When it worked.)

Eventually, though, the boys came to realize that they liked the music on my iPod and started asking us to bring it into the car more often, and I started building up one of those “on the go” playlists of the songs that they were asking for again and again.

For Christmas, Beloved got me an AM/FM radio thingee where you can just slide your iPod into the docking station and listen to it through the speakers, which I love. And so, unfortunately, do the boys. I’ve got hundreds of great songs on there, a handful of playlists for upbeat or mellow or nostalgic moods, and yet every time they see the iPod, we’re stuck listening to the same five songs over and over and over and over and over again.

Now, I suppose it could be worse. The Wiggles CD hasn’t been dusted off in a while, and I don’t remember the last time we listened to the Pixar Cars soundtrack, or one of the ubiquitous Disney movie CDs that Beloved collects. They have, after all, selected these songs from the ones that I liked enough to include on the iPod in the first place, and truth be told they’re even among some of my favourites. But there’s too much of a good thing, right?

Tristan and Simon’s favourite songs, circa winter 2008:

  1. I Don’t Like Mondays – The Boomtown Rats (Tristan’s fave)
  2. Superman Song – REM
  3. It’s Not Easy – Five for Fighting
  4. Crabbukkit – KOS
  5. Home for a Rest – Spirit of the West (Simon’s fave)

I can just imagine them at school, singing their favourite lyrics out loud. Tristan singing about a schoool shooting “And he can see no reasons / ‘Cause there are no reasons / What reason do you need to die?” and Simon doing his inimitable fiddle dance as he bellows ” You’ll have to excuse me, I’m not at my best / I’ve been gone for a month / I’ve been drunk since I left / And these so-called vacations / Will soon be my death / I’m so sick from the drink / I need home for a rest / Take me home….”

That’s not too inappropriate, is it?

{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

1 alison January 8, 2008 at 8:47 am

Bwahaha. I can relate. I remember blogging on inappropriate songs last year. My girls love Home for a Rest as well, but we have the Great Big Sea version. They sing it often, and quite well.

2 Alissa January 8, 2008 at 9:51 am

Perfect! I just posted asking for recommendations for songs for my new iPod! I need some stuff the boys will like ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks…I’ll check these out, inappropriate or not ๐Ÿ˜‰

3 Barbara January 8, 2008 at 10:25 am

LOL. Reid sees my iPod as a video player and wants it for that purpose only. I listen to podcasts and audio books and have only a couple of songs on it. I don’t know how they got on there at all. I do have a couple of children’s story podcasts but I don’t think that I’ve offered them to her. I should. Thanks for the reminder…

4 JoJo January 8, 2008 at 11:23 am

Inappropriate music?

Amelia knows the entire score to Rent and her current favourite song is by the Dixie Chicks.

Goodbye Earl.

She stands in front of the DVD concert and uses a rolling lint brush as her mic and belts outs “‘Cause Earl had to die…nanana nanan naaaaaaaaaaa. Goodbye Earl”

And she’s not even three yet.

5 renee January 8, 2008 at 11:29 am

My 3 year old daughter LOVES to sing “Ring of Fire” by Johnny Cash!!! and I love to hear her sing it!
Keep on rockin’ boys!!!

6 Annika January 8, 2008 at 12:34 pm

I love it! Your boys have great taste!

7 Fryman January 8, 2008 at 12:43 pm

D –

I think its great, and if that’s the only thing you have to worry about them at school all is good.

For some reason, my kids are hooked on Great Big Sea & Barenaked Ladies (specifically Gordon). Listening to them belt out New Kid on the Block, Grade 9, and Donkey Riding makes even short car trips a hoot….


8 Mom On The Run January 8, 2008 at 8:06 pm

LOL! I have an FM transmitter for my iPod too, they’re great! My 2 yr old’s favourite song si “Big Girls Don’t Cry” by Fergie

9 GG January 8, 2008 at 8:33 pm

One of our daughter’s favourite songs is “Rehab” by Amy Winehouse.

One day last summer our daycare provider asked us what the song was that she was singing — something about “no no no” ?? We claimed ignorance …

Then another day at Ikea, the song was playing in the store and our daughter started singing at the top of her lungs, “They try to make me go to rehab, but I say no no no…”


10 Sue January 8, 2008 at 9:38 pm

No worries. I’m sure teachers have heard it all. Besides, those are good songs!

Our youngest was a Madonna fan at the age of 8. He knew the words to every one of her songs. Imagine him singing “Like a Virgin” on the playground. We kind of expected a phone call or two from the school, but no one seemed to mind. He has a great singing voice, so that may have helped!

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