Tuesday, April 17, 2012

A killer playlist and one cool kid

Full moon? Stars aligned? Pigs flying?  I'm not sure which but something created a killer playlist on Pandora today.  And really, how often does that happen?  You know there is always a song you have to skip over or that leaves you scratching your head wondering how The Beastie Boys ended up in the Taylor Swift playlist.  Please note: I am not speaking from personal experience...I would never have a Taylor Swift playlist and would personally call Mike D. to report this heinous crime if I even got wind of such a thing happening.

So picture this: The sun is shining and D, S and I are cruising along in the Mom-mobile.  The windows are down the D appropriate 1/4 inch (A required safety practice since that time D decided to see if Goodnight Moon would bounce off the windshield of the car next to us while traveling on the highway.) and The Laurie Berkner Band playlist is blaring.  Wait you don't know who Laurie Berkner is?  If you have ever seen Nick, Jr. she's that bouncy (read annoying) redhead musician who sings about bumblebees, dinosaurs and spaghetti.  If you haven't seen Nick, Jr- come on over and we will introduce you (and give you a beer to ease the pain).  D has had a music crush on Laurie and her band for 2 years.  Last summer we went to see The Laurie Berkner Band in concert (No tailgating, but I did yell "Free Bird" during the show.) and "The Best of the Laurie Berkner Band" has been D's bedtime music for a year straight.  Yes, I know I exaggerate but this time I swear I am not.  The same disc has been in her CD player for at least a year and I wake up simultaneously singing the songs"We are the dinosaurs- marching, marching!"  and wanting to gauge my eyes out.

Now that I have set the scene and given you a little LBB knowledge, back to the playlist and the incredibly cool conversation which ensued.   After a few LBB songs,  "Banana Pancakes" by Jack Johnson comes on.  If you know me you know Jack Johnson is my celebrity cheat and my husband has a man crush on him.   In other words, we play a lot of him in this house.  3 notes in and D says "What's Jack Johnson doing on here?".   Seriously, Rain  Man do you work for Shazaam?  Next up, "Jump in the Line" by Harry Belafonte begins and looking puzzled she asks "Who is this?".  I answer and she says, "Oh! He sings Day-O on The Muppets." That's right, we make her watch old episodes of The Muppet Show and look at what she learned!  How many 3 year olds do you know that can identify Harry Belafonte?!  Now she just needs to watch Beetlejuice for the freaking awesome "Jump in the Line" scene.  Last song before our car trip ends?  "Three Little Birds" by Bob Marley. And what do I have to do?  Turn it up to hear over D belting it out.  Ever heard your little one sing in her sweet, innocent voice "Don't worry about a thing, cause every little thing's gonna be alright!"?  PRICELESS!  A proud moment in parenting when you realize your kid is badass.  

Now, if she could just forget the words to "Moves Like Jagger" before I get in trouble with daycare.

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19 comments:

  1. I love Laurie Berkner, yes I do! Her CD got us through quite a winter in 600 square feet of apartment. Oh yes she did! My son's favorite songs right now are "We Found Love" by Rihanna and also "Moves Like Jagger." This is an improvement over Kesha's "Tik Tok" of course. :)

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    1. "We Found Love" is D's second favorite song right now!! That is too funny! I don't think she has ever heard "Tik Tok" but I know she would love it!

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  2. It is one of the best things about parenting when you realize your kids have excellent musical taste. There are definitely some wild cards in both their playlists but overall I very much approve. Feels good.

    I have to find the Muppets on Netflix! I think my daughter would love them (which really means I WANT TO WATCH THEM AGAIN!)

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    1. The Muppets are awesome! Definitely find them on Netflix...I don't care to share the ridiculous amount of money my hubby spent buying a seasons worth on DVD!

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  3. My husband is a musician, and the other day when our kid started singing the Backyardigans theme song, you'd have thought he'd composed his own aria. Yes, we have video. Of course we do. Geez.

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    1. Of course you do :) We had a huge Backyardigans phase and I kinda miss them!

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  4. My son loves the Fresh Beat Band on Nick Jr., and I got their CD the day it came out. I think because at our house, the following are banned and forbidden: Barney and the Wiggles.

    I do wish my son would "broaden his tastes, a little"! Thankfully The Fresh Beats are awsome! Wait, did I just say that?!

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    1. We love the Fresh Beat Band at my house, too! I even was a little sad when they brought in a new Marina!

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  5. OH NO now "moves like jagger is in my head." damnit.

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  6. Excellent post! We know about Laurie,Harry and Bob around here. If only the damn Kidz Bop phase would pass...

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  7. Jack Jackson and Bob Marley. Great playlist, indeed!

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  8. HOLY CRAP!!! Are you me????? I have those EXACT same songs on MY playlist...WOAH!

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    1. Anyone ever told you you have great taste??

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  9. I actually kind of miss Laurie Berkner on Nick, Jr. Now it's all constant Fresh Beat Band. I love it if we're listening to my iPod on shuffle and my girls actually like what's playing - perfect car time - glad you experienced it!

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  10. My 3yo has very particular taste in music. Unfortunately none of it is kid music. His favorites right now are "We Didn't Start the Fire" by Billy Joel and "Hard to Handle" by the Black Crows. And yes...he also knows all the words to Moves like Jagger...

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