Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Musical Misstep

Music is in our blood.  Both Joel and I grew up in musical homes, and with Joel's career in the same field, it is no surprise that our boys would have a unique appreciation for music. 

Joel's interests lie with vocal jazz, and Cael and Graham know that when riding in his car, they should expect to be serenaded by Ella Fitzgerald and Diana Krall.  But my musical taste is much more eclectic.  If I'm cooking lunch, it is highly likely you'll hear me recreating the soundtrack of Les Miserables.  If I'm in a sour mood, the rest of the country and I look to Adele for comfort.  But in the car, my phone provides a bizarre mix of genres that fills our ears with music.

When I compiled these songs, I divided them into two categories: workout music with a fast beat or language my children shouldn't hear, and "for the car" music that I carefully screened for profanity. 


For months, the boys and I have listened to these songs with no problem, save for Graham's constant request to hear "Just the Way You Are" by Bruno Mars.  They have their favorites, just as I do, and I took requests without concern because I had thoroughly checked each song for offensive language.

But children hear everything-- not just profanity, right?

"Mommy, what does 'make love' mean?"

Holy cow.  How on earth did I not think about checking for content?  How come he hasn't asked about this during the last year?  How am I going to explain this one?

I could have told him the truth, but the kid is only five.  And moreover, he is inquisitive, and one question would lead to ten more, and it is simply too soon to be explaining the intricacies of relationships and birth control to my preschooler.

"The singer just means 'love' in this song.  He loves the girl he's singing about."

"Oh, okay.  Then I 'make love you', Graham!  And I 'make love' Daddy, and Papa, and you, Mommy!  And Amy, and Sarah, and my friends at school.  I 'make love' all of the people I know!"

Anyone know where I can find a good nursery rhyme song compilation?


  1. LOL Mary! I'm playing catch-up on your blog -- I haven't been on in awhile (insert sheepish face here). This one got me good! Izzy does this ALL THE TIME, and has the same affinity for music as your boys do. Except ours is Taylor Swift, Katy Perry, Alicia Keys and Carly Rae Jepsen -- just shoot me now. At least we've "graduated" from LMFAO and I don't have Adele on repeat anymore (Izzy's favorite song for about a year was "Rolling in the Deep"). Izzy has a knack for hearing questionable lyrics that I didn't pick up on, and asking awkward questions that I *try* to answer honestly, but that just leads me to a conversation that I don't want to have. It's a slippery slope! Good luck to us both! haha! :) -- Natasha

    1. That's so funny- I don't think I could tolerate LMFAO on constant repeat! I know that I should probably let them listen to kid music, but I figure that (barring any inappropriate content) they're better off listening to Lady Gaga than me listening to "The Wheels on the Bus" and driving into a brick wall. :)


Leave your own "ism". Cael and Graham double-dog dare you.