Do you pass on the music you love to your children? Or when you had children did you immediately stop listening to your favorite music and turn on kinder-tunes and nursery rhyme songs? Growing up I remember listening to Johnny Cash in the car with my parents, the Everly Brothers, the Beach Boys, The Messiah, The Sound of Music and… Camelot of all things. Many of those songs are still with me, every word and tune seared into my memory like a brand. Many of them I still love now and am passing on to my own children. I have a confession to make. I played nursery rhyme songs when I had my first baby. When we had our second we listened to the Wiggles. But never ever did we stop listening to our favorite music.
As a parent, I must tell you, I quickly got sick of nursery rhyme songs (umm… very very quickly) and prayed earnestly that the tapes would be mysteriously gobbled up by the tape deck. And if they weren’t then I had determined to make it look as if they had been. And then look with a frown and say, “Oops.” No, really, I didn’t destroy my children’s tapes. They just didn’t care. I think they liked it about as much as I did, which not so oddly, is about as much as I like
the poly-fiber embodiment of evil Barney the Dinosaur and Satan’s Minions The Doodlebops. Captain Feather-sword and his ilk captured my patience only shortly longer. Goodbye Wiggles. Farewell nursery rhyme tapes. Auf Wiedersehen kinder-tunes. Adieu to all of you. (And as Gollum says, “Go away and never come BACK!“)
So, do you know who my kids identify as their favorite musicians?
U2, Coldplay, Switchfoot, Harry Nilsson, Beethoven, The Beatles, Johnny Cash… etc.
We listen… and even watch them as a family.
Are you passing on your musical taste to your children?