Sunday, January 16, 2011

iTunes, uTunes, myTunes, urTunes

I've got a bunch of Audrey's music loaded on my iPhone.  I have playlists set up for her, but sometimes when I'm running I'll do a shuffle on my whole library.  There's nothing like grooving along to my tunes and then having a Wiggles song come on to ruin my runner's high.

I've well-documented how much Audrey loves the iPhone.  She'll play games, look at photos, play videos and voice memos, and listen to music.  Sometimes I'll hear her playing some non-kiddie tunes and I wonder if the same thing is happening to her that happens to me.  But then I noticed that it was the same handful of songs and that there was a common thread amongst them.  They all have something in their titles that sounds kiddie-ish or somehow attractive to her:

"Time to Pretend", MGMT
"Jack and Jill", Kim Richey
"Candy", Iggy Pop
"Paper Doll", Louis XIV
"Rollercoaster", Sleater-Kinney
Anything by the Ting Tings

See?  They fit right in next to songs like "Big Red Car" and "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang".

As long as Audrey is getting down to my tunes, here are a few more that I think she should add to her playlist:

"Senses Working Overtime" by XTC
"I Bet You Look Good on the Dance Floor", Arctic Monkeys
"She's Expensive", The Virgins

One time I walked in on her playing a song called "Jack Killed Mom", but I'd like to think that it was just because it comes right after "Jack and Jill".  That had better be why.  You think that's why?  I dunno.  There's also a Lucinda Williams song on there called "Mama You Sweet" but I never hear her play that one.

What about you?  Any songs in your rotation that should be your kid's theme song or that you'd like to dedicate to them?


  1. Ouch! I think you are gonna be okay...unless she starts calling herself Jack for some reason. Then you may want to sleep with some protection...just in case.

  2. Bwahaha...too funny. And, yes, Fruit Salad (yummy yummy) would be a total buzz kill!

  3. Maybe it's time to get Audrey her own iTouch? I think you'll both be happier.

    I loved the list of songs you thought Audrey should hear! LOL

  4. Ha ha ha! You jog? Good one.

    I agree with MommyToTwoBoys - if she starts calling herself "Jack" I would sleep with one eye open.

  5. The shuffle thing always happens to me. Or I'll get in the car and find myself singing to the kids' songs even when they're not there. It takes me a few minutes to realize I don't have to listen to that.

    "Enjoy the Silence" But I guess that's just wishful thinking.

    That Audrey's one smart cookie!

  6. All of my kids love Crazy Train by Ozzy. It was the ONLY thing that would calm them down as infants. I should've seen it coming.

  7. Julia's song is Smooth Operator, by Sade... not exactly sure what to make of that.

    Coleman's? Maneater by Hall & Oats... but that's on my iPod..His real favorite song is something by the Black Eyed Peas, but I don't know the title.

    Pretty much I just smile and nod. :-)

  8. Could you get Audrey her own iPod? There are just a couple of songs I know I don't think Audrey would care for or I wouldn't want her to listen to:
    Going Under - Evanesence
    My Immortal - Evanesence
    Black Betty - Ramjam

    "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang" would drive me nuts!

    But there were a couple songs my kids liked that I enjoyed:
    "Space Jam" and "Are You Ready For This"
    "Vacation" from Pokemon First Movie
    Audrey might like those. Also, "Cotton Eyed Joe" by Rednex she might like also.

  9. We are going to get an MP3 player real soon. It will probably be loaded with classical tunes and kiddie tunes. Maybe a few Adam Lambert tunes because ...Adam loves me and I love him. According to a dream I had a few months back.

  10. Waaaaaait, you have time to listen to music?? Jen

  11. Theme tunes: when I survive the summer holidays, it's "Wake Me Up When September Ends" by Green Day. When BB's repeating the same line from Barney for the 33rd time, I wish his was "Breaking The Habit" by Linkin Park. Stopping stimming? That'll be Metallica..."The Day That Never Comes"

  12. Er...yeah, sure...I'm sure it was just because it was right after Jack and Jill...

    My boys love the same music we do, so we share playlists. : )

  13. @Apples: Yes, we are on board that same train. Love that one.

    @Rebecca: I had heard the same thing about Adam Lambert loving you.

    @bbsmum: Who knew you were such a head bobbin' little rocker?

  14. Time to get that girlie her own Ipod. Around here it is more the computer. You leave the room for 5 seconds & the kid's already got your cd room popped out and replaced it with Jay Jay the Jet Plane..sigh...

  15. Number one rule in my house from day one of conception! No children's kidz happening. My kids have all watched PBS and Disney etc etc-at least enough to hear those "songs" over and stereo and zune have kept me sane...and they have taken a great liking to Dr. Demento's "fish heads" The german version of the "spongebob" theme and many other oddities I've collected..

  16. My bird will only use Greg's iPhone because his iPod has rap music on it. She hates my sad-boy-with-a-guitar music. You know my girl: all about the bitches and hoes!

  17. Katie loves lady gaga...whose lyrics couldn't be less appropriate, but whatever. My sister was good enough to burn her a cd of songs...K's fav is magic stick and she gets homicidally angry with me if I skip over it. (Think:jack kills mom). She also was born with not so appropriate dance moves she likes to bust out at parenting WIN!

  18. On her ipod/touch she prefers to listen to Jewel...depressing first cd...

    We saw the Wiggles live. It was real Greg's last performance. Katie spent the whole time hiding saying, go home, go home. She freaking used to try and crawl into the tv with them, but see them live...torture. And I was 9mo preggo when I took her...kid should have bowed down to my awesomness. Best part is when she was "interviewed" outside and said not one word or acknowledged the guy...goooooo Autism! ; )

  19. Remi has the same music tastes as me, thank God! Right now, his fave is Chelsea Dagger by The Fratellis. Makes sense, given that the song makes no sense. Anne tried to introduce him to Abba once: no dice!

    @bd Of course Lynn runs! All part of being in the army, you know. I'll bet she's good with a rifle, too.

  20. Oh, the dreaded shuffle songs. Occasionally I'll get a french lesson or my husbands bizarre German death metal.

    Luckily, my son has yet to really bond with any kids music, since it drives me batty. However, when he's screaming in the car, the only thing that will calm him down is Jay-Z's "99 problems". That'll have to stop when he can start singing the lyrics..

  21. So funny! I don't know how many times I've been ambushed by iPod Wiggles.

    My kids have always liked Coldplay. It's weird. Especially when they were babies, it was a two song minimum before they would fall asleep. I'd like to research more and see if, in fact, Coldplay does use subliminal lyrics to make kids calm down. =)

  22. GA loves Dance Techno type music. Black-eyed Peas, Lady Ga-Ga, Justin Timberlake, etc.
    Also songs with the words "Party"
    or "Celebrate" in them. She also likes a lot of classic soft rock????? ToTo??? When she was younger and couldn't express herself very easily her fav song on Soft Rock CD in her dads car was "I love you more than I can say" -Leo Sayer.
    She says "Number 7 song please!"

  23. Hehehe! WiiBoy doesn't have ANY music on his iTouch..yeah an itunes itouch WITH NO MUSIC. How mad is that?? Its all games.

    But to chose a song for him..where to begin? I'd have to chose one of the songs he regularly "parodies".....sigh! There's definitely a blog post there for me!
    xx Jazzy

  24. our 14 year old daughter (cortical blindness, CP, and a host of cognitive issues) absolutely loves Pat Travers' "Boom Boom. Out Go The Lights" it is a bit disconcerting when i am in the checkout line at the grocery store and find myself humming "Bananaphone."

  25. Jen: Our kids have mad dance skills that cannot be quashed.

    @lebelinoz: In Chicago, "Chelsea Dagger" means that the Blackhawks (hockey) have scored a goal.

    @Ashley: I guess there are worse things than Coldplay. Aren't there?

    @Aimee: She would love Toto's version of "Get This Party Started".

    @MetalDad: She either has a fabulous sense of humor or awesome taste in music. Thanks for stopping by and commenting!

  26. I don't have any kids, and it's almost certainly too late for me to have any, but just now I've been listening to my Kenneth Alford CD. My favorite cut on that one is The Mad Major. We played it when I was in high school. As an hopeless band nerd, I can say that it is the best march ever composed by anybody, anywhere, at any time (and I love the works of Sousa). Just listen to the cantabile counter-melodies in the low brass in the second strain and the trio, for instance.