Wednesday, January 7, 2009

The best music for kids (that grownups like, too)

I cannot get this song out of my head—listen at your own risk.

I was driving the other day, Dave had left Sirius on the ABBA station and "Thank You For The Music" came on. It's been in constant rotation in my mind ever since; I am seriously ready to go out and get a sequined pantsuit and karaoke machine. I've realized that ABBA would be a great group to introduce the kids to—such happy, boppy, fun music.

There are lots of excellent kiddie singers out there (Laurie Berkner, They Might Be Giants, Milkshake, Dan Zanes, Justin Roberts, Rebecca Frezza, Brady Rymer), but it's amazing when your kids like the same music that you do. Mine are into The Beatles, Maroon 5, the Gipsy Kings. They tolerate Norah Jones, Miles Davis and Chopin playing in the background. They're not much for rock yet (sorry, Bruce and Red Hot Chili Peppers) or The Grateful Dead (Dave's fave).

Music has been an amazing thing for Max. He's able to sing along in his own way, and is pretty much in tune. I love hearing him use his voice. Once a week, a music therapist (the one who Max has a thing for and Sabrina is jealous of) comes to our house, plays guitar and sings songs. Max and Sabrina always have the time of their lives.

Which music of "yours" are your kids into?

P.S. No word yet on whether the ex neighbor is or isn't an ax murderer, stay tuned.


  1. Our kids were separated at birth! They are requesting "mama music" in the car (maroon 5) and the "happy songs" (Beatles 1) in Ben's room. They like Corinne Bailey Rae, Joan Jett and anything with an island beat or a banjo. How's that for random? My kids rock but are unquestioningly loyal to Laurie Berkner, I know a lot of Laurie...

  2. Ellen,
    I don't remember how I came across your blog...but I can already imagine myself saying, "Hi, my name is Kate and I'm addicted to Max." He's a cool little boy. And Sabrina - I bet she's a great motivator for Max.
    I have a 15 month old son, Gavin, who also has CP. And I just delivered his brother, Brian, 3 weeks ago. I am sure that Brian will be one of the best things that ever happened to Gavin. I also write every day - I spent 8 weeks in the hospital with Gavin last year and started a CaringBridge...and never stopped. Feel free to visit us here:
    I feel free now - I've come out of the closet, so to speak. ;-) I've been reading for a while now and really look forward to every new entry. To answer your question about music...Gavin loves Ragtime Piano, of all things. Old school Scott Joplin style! Go figure.
    Sorry to be so long winded! Have a great day!

  3. I like all kinds of music, except rap.. I mostly listen to Country ... and yes it's the same music mom likes.

    I've always liked band music, and was in the band as a child, I plaid the Trumpet, and later the French Horn. I regularly attend school concerts to take photos for the school.

    I like New Age music, in particular Yanni... And when I first seen him play on PBS, YEARS ago, I was in love... I do prefer instrumental music. ... and love him or hate him, Yanni's music has been proven to change brain wave patters; like the music of Mozart, in children.

    Yanni can neither read or write music; but uses his own music note shorthand. :-)

  4. Anytime you want to do karaoke to Dancing Queen, just let me know!!!

  5. Shannon, I love that the kids are into Joan Jett!!! And I can sing some of Laurie Berkner's entire CDs by heart. Kate, welcome to this blog, I am glad to hear from you. Congratulations on Brian! And Rich, I like Yanni too. He gets a bad rap but I think he's a talent.

  6. Oh, and P.S., Lyla you are on for Saturday night!!!

  7. Hmm, I have EVERY Yanni CD... Even ones you can no longer get... All digitalized from my CDs to iTunes.. says I have 152 songs... Really like the Yanni Live! 2006 CD. :-)

  8. I'm not sure where to post this, but since this blog was talking about "music for kids (that grownups lik, too)" it made me think of this educational cd that helps build alphabet recognition called Wee-phabet Songs With A Fun Twist. I found it on Amazon. It's one that my kids play over and over and over, but I actually love the familiar melodies these abc songs are sung to. Just wanted to pass it along.


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