Sunny 9 for 2009 August 23 (entry 0)

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[Comments] (8) [Trackback URL for this entry] Head check: K, so in the car this week we were driving to the commissary and I was zoned out thinking about something, and I hear in the back seat from Gunnar "I like this song mama, what's it's name?" I give a's the song by Cobra Starship-Good Girls Go Bad. Nice. Real nice. How am I going to explain to my 2 yr old what "I make them good girls go bad" means? So I told him "Good Girls".

So I got to thinking. I wondered how many songs I witness my kids listening to, nay-have my kids listen to, that make sexual references and other distasteful language throughout the song? The next song on the radio was "Poker Face". To my absolute surprise Gunnar shouts out "Hey sissy, it's Polka Face!" Oh my gosh, I'm a terrible mother. How on earth does my 2 yr old know the title to that song? How am I going to explain "and baby when it's love, if it's not rough it isn't fun" to him? Why on earth do I listen to this crap? The next song after that, Outkast, went "Don't want to meet your daddy, Just want you in my Caddy. Don't want to meet your momma. Just want to make you come-a." Are you kidding me?! These are songs I have heard a thousand times. If you just sit and listen to the lyrics, most songs on the radio are laden with sexual innuendos, flat out speech about sex (you don't have to be a genius to figure out what they are really saying), and sexual metaphors. I did a test, 3 songs in a row.

Then you hear about "kids are exposed to such and such by age 9". Well, they're 2 and it's by their mama. Hello? What are my priorities? To keep up to date on the latest in the music industry? At what expense? What do I do? Not ever listen to the radio? Is that extreme? Will people think I'm crazy? But these are my kids. MY CHILDREN. He's 2, she's 4. I am subjecting them to this filth. It's not like they are "picking this up from their friends at school". I am their advocate. I should know better. What to do? Where to find balance?

It's a mad MAD world. How am I supposed to raise children in this sin infested, pleasure loving world? "Freak out!" And le Freak was not Chic. What's a mom to do? I know, I know. Stay close to the Spirit. Pretty sure the Spirit doesn't jam out to stuff. I am so over Old MacDonald and Wheels on the Bus. I'll have to find new clean music both of us can agree on. Makes me very sad though for my kids. It was tough 15 yrs ago, and it's worse now. Let's just have the earth be hit by a big fire ball already and get this over with.


Posted by John at Mon Aug 24 2009 08:19

I think the balance is different for everybody, but I wouldn't unduly freak out about it. After all, do you remember stake dances? I went to EFY and they must have played "Freshman" like 100+ times. Not the greatest song in the world. Living in a bubble is not the answer.

One thing I think can help is to make a bunch of mix CDs of songs you like that are probably better than radio ilk. If you make enough of them and switch them out, you won't get too bored and have more control.

But a little radio now and then, I think, is fine. If you shelter them from it, they'll just get more curious when they are older. If they understand radio is fine to listen to sometimes, but not all the time, they'll probably think nothing of it.

Posted by Susie at Mon Aug 24 2009 09:58

We have a CD of Mickey Mouse and one of Primary songs in the car. But Maggie asks to hear "Mommy songs". I usually listen to CDs rather than the radio because of exactly what you're saying. The music on the radio is awful these days!!

Posted by melissa w at Mon Aug 24 2009 11:55

i hear you. i was especially wiggin' out when Matilda was a brand new born with the t.v. and radio---and now that she is dancing all the time, I'm thinking, "i don't want her dancing to these lyrics!"---- I hear you!

So, when I find some really great Kid songs that aren't super annoying for us adults, I'll send them your way. For the time being, listen to Elizabeth Mitchell. She has some AWESOME kid folk songs that I love. You might want to check her out on itunes or her website here you can listen to the FULL songs and see if you might want to buy them on itunes.

Anyway, good luck. It's crazy. Luckily, you are a good mom. :)

we miss you.
have i told you that yet???

ta ta for now!
-love melis

Posted by Kristen at Mon Aug 24 2009 15:32

Yeah, I am thinking more along the lines of not living in a bubble but listening to age appropriate music.

Posted by Joe Walch at Tue Aug 25 2009 10:38

Dvorak's Slavonic Dances. You can't go wrong with those.

Posted by Joe Walch at Tue Aug 25 2009 10:45

Here's a great playlist for kids riding in the car:

Posted by Joe Walch at Tue Aug 25 2009 10:47

And another great playlist:

Posted by Hailey at Wed Aug 26 2009 10:09

There are actually lots of great songs that kids AND adults can enjoy. I would start with "Don't Stop Believing" (the Glee version.) My kids and I love that one. I can get you a more extensive list, if you want!

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