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post #21 of 104
The Barney versions. They sound normal, albeit annoyingly nasal, until the end when for no reason they exclaim the last few words.

For older kids there's plenty of stuff where I wouldn't necessarily want the hassle of dealing with explaining why it's bad to say the stuff the song sang, so I'd turn that off too.
post #22 of 104
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I mean, I went though a HUGE monty python fixation when I was 12. I bought a lot of their sketch and song cassettes with my babysitting money. I often greatly enjoyed blasting "Sit On My Face" and singing the lyrics, because I thought it was about sitting on someone's head and farting or something.
OMG, Tigerchild You made my day!

I, too, went through a huge Monty Python phase (ongoing) in my early teens, but I knew what "Sit on My Face" was about.

Anyhoo, I let DS listen to anything, I only screen for extremely explicit lyrics (a couple of "F" words don't bother me) and extremely sexual lyrics, but that's about it. He loves lots of different kinds of music just like we do from opera all the way to rap and in between. Johnny Cash, Prince, Outkast, all of those are staples in our music collection. He also likes the more obscure stuff we're really into, like Red Red Meat and Arcwelder.

We took him to see Tori Amos last year, he loved it.
post #23 of 104
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I mean, I went though a HUGE monty python fixation when I was 12. I bought a lot of their sketch and song cassettes with my babysitting money. I often greatly enjoyed blasting "Sit On My Face" and singing the lyrics, because I thought it was about sitting on someone's head and farting or something. I had no reference to what "69" or anything else meant. I have to laugh now, because my extremely conservative straight laced parents never said a word (presumably because they didn't want to answer why it was "Bad", but who knows, maybe they didn't get the references either)..


On a recent car trip, I played old Soundgarden, Prince, and Depeche Mode without censoring, but saved Sublime for when the kids were definitely sound asleep. So I guess my line is at Sublime.
post #24 of 104
The other day the kids were listening to The White Album for the first time. "Why Don't We Do it in the Road?" came on.

After listening to Paul (or was it John?) yelp this question 5 or 6 times, my 6yo exclaimed in exasperation, "Because you're going to get run over!"

Much discussion ensued with his 9yo brother about what "it" might be. Something against the law was the general consensus. They were completely oblivious to the real meaning.

Unless the language is stuff I wouldn't want them using, I tend to have an "anything goes" approach. Because they just aren't going to get it.
post #25 of 104
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The other day the kids were listening to The White Album for the first time. "Why Don't We Do it in the Road?" came on.

After listening to Paul (or was it John?) yelp this question 5 or 6 times, my 6yo exclaimed in exasperation, "Because you're going to get run over!"

Much discussion ensued with his 9yo brother about what "it" might be. Something against the law was the general consensus. They were completely oblivious to the real meaning.

Unless the language is stuff I wouldn't want them using, I tend to have an "anything goes" approach. Because they just aren't going to get it.
Yes, about some things. Like my dd thinks Rhianna's Shut Up and Drive is about cell phones.

However, Closer by Nine Inch Nails came on the radio (and I have Sirius so not all channels are censored) and I flipped to another channel rather than let her listen.
post #26 of 104
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What about artists like Tori Amos (one of my personal favs) whose lyrics I think are so obscure that I even have a hard time figuring out what the hell she's going on about? I know that she has some very strong opinions on things way beyond what I want DS exposed to at this age but they are cleverly disguised, most of the time. But music itself, the piano, the rhythm I think is amazing.
My son loves Tori Amos and Evanescence. I don't worry about it too much. If it bothers him I'm pretty sure he'll let me know.

Mind you his favourite song is Leonard Cohen's Hallelujah and that's not always appropriate. So I guess I'm not too controlling about it.

Here's my growing up story - I was THROWN OUT of grade 4 play auditions for auditioning with "I Don't Know How to Love Him" from Jesus Christ Superstar. I had NO idea Mary Magdalene was a prostitute or whatever. But I got no role in the Sound of Music because of it. Sniff.
post #27 of 104
I think it is hilarious when my 4 year old students are singing songs I have never heard before. To this day I have not heard "Riding Dirty" but learned all the words in the summer time from a 3 year old

I don't usually listen to the pop type kind of music. I prefer country

I always try to find music to play for my students that goes with our theme. And I try to expose them to as many kinds as I can during naptime, Mozart, Bach, Jewel As long as there are isn't offensive language or adult themes it is okay in my class.
post #28 of 104
I remember going to summer camp as a teenager and the counselors made us censor our music. I think they didn't really care- technically they weren't supposed to let us listen to the stuff that needed censoring at all- but they were afraid one of their supervisors would walk by while it was playing. it was hilarious. The whole cabin would be singing and suddenly someone would dart for the stereo and when it hit the dirty word, they'd turn the volume knob down and the whole place went silent, just for a beat, and then the singing and the music would recommence. Good times that. It STILL took me awhile to figure out what the songs were about!

I was also once in a store that had Jimmy Buffet playing. Wouldn't you know, as soon as this family with small children walked in, "Why Don't We Get Drunk and Screw" came up on the CD. The funniest thing was noone changed it, and not a single person seemed to notice. Not even the family. And it was pretty loud, if I do say so myself. I was dying inside.
post #29 of 104
My daughter has been singing "Why don't we do it in the road?" lately. MIL was




Sublime is probably a good line, I would agree with that.



You should put a video of the five year old singing "I shot a man in Reno" on youtube. That would be awesome.
post #30 of 104
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Here's my growing up story - I was THROWN OUT of grade 4 play auditions for auditioning with "I Don't Know How to Love Him" from Jesus Christ Superstar. I had NO idea Mary Magdalene was a prostitute or whatever. But I got no role in the Sound of Music because of it. Sniff.
Aw...that is fail. It doesn't say she was a prostitute.
post #31 of 104
I mostly prefer soft songs which is not hard on ears..
post #32 of 104
i was thinking about this the other day when my dj partner put on some psychedelic turbo trance at 180 bpm...that stuff makes your ears bleed. it was too much for me, so i think it was too much for my 2 yo
post #33 of 104
Barbie Girl :

And anything by Barney the evil purple dinosaur.
post #34 of 104
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We don't do a lot of the current music that seems to wax poetic about strippers and certain kinds of drinks and basically totally revolving around using and abusing women, or worshipping them as sexual objects. The same for violence, though I've not seen as much of that as I did when I was a teen. (During the Dr. Dre hayday.)
Ds asked me to down load Soulja Boy "Superman" last week. After my initial I explained to him that was a song I would NEVER allow him to download I promised that when he was 12 I would explain the lyrics to him. Actually I'll probably just link him to urbandictionary.com and let him figure it out himself. I don't know that I could bring myself to actually use the works to explain it.

We listen to a huge variety of music and talk a lot about content and meaning so I feel ok with what he does hear, knowing there's education going on as well.
post #35 of 104
Jonas Brothers. But seriously, I think the line is somewhere between the beatles and NIN. The other day, we were all listening to the radio, and we heard the first bit of "Closer" come on (it was an uncensored cable music channel,) and dh and I were scrambling for the control, as dd was confused why we were so frantic. Funny story. When I was in first grade, The Wall was my favorite album. The teacher called my dad after observing me lead the whole class in a rousing rendition of "Another Brick in the Wall." teehee. My dad thought that was hilarious, which wasn't really the reaction the teacher was looking for!
post #36 of 104
Tigerchild, I'm SO GLAD you said that about "Sit on my face" because I thought the same thing. I used to sing it all the time as a young teen because I thought it was about farting on someone's face. HAHA! I was a pretty clueless teen.

I think there are some obvious "not kids' music" music. But personally I'm all about them listening to real music. I'm not into "kid's music" that is wierd versions that someone thinks is "kid friendly" (like synthetic short versions of classical music for instance). I'd rather they heard the real thing.

That said, we're big They Might Be Giants fans (we don't even have any of their kids' CD"s, just the oolder stuff) and we love Gypsy Kings too. We tend to go for music with alot of instruments in them.
post #37 of 104
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We listen to a huge variety of music and talk a lot about content and meaning so I feel ok with what he does hear, knowing there's education going on as well.
This is our goal too. Growing up our house was filled with music-much of it rock-n-roll and protest music.

I love everything from Sublime to Gordon Lightfoot. I don't plan on censoring at all. We do not listen to rap as we find the racial terms and attitudes toward women to be appalling (I know not all rap is like this). So, that is a bridge I will cross when he begins to hear that kind of stuff.

Edited to add that there is not and never will be any Barney in our house. I was sadly disappointed that the mommy and me group at the library used Barney. I am not a fan of most kids music, with the exception of songs like Itsy Bitsy spider and the like. And of course Free to be You and Me.
post #38 of 104
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Originally Posted by MusicianDad View Post
We do draw a line though... No Psudo-singers who can't carry a tune, write a song and/or play an insturment. No bubble gum pop. Basically none of that new crap they call music.
No kidding! I barely listen to the radio other than local talk but we do have a great local, non-commercial music station that plays a fantastic variety.

You'll hear Robert Randolph, Elvis Costello, Joe Jackson, and then and old Cure song. They sprinkle in some Beatles here and there too.

I would not let my kids listen to Poker Face but any Elvis Costello (big in our house) with an f-bomb thrown in really doesn't bother me.
post #39 of 104
I just wanted to add that there's something that really bothers me about Kidz Bop and I wouldn't want them to listen to that.
post #40 of 104
We don't censor media in our house. My kids listen to everything I listen to . . . Ani, Ingrid Michaelson, Fiona Apple, the RENT soundtrack, our naughty xmas album whatever else we're in the mood for. We've had some great discussions as a result (my son, especially, is VERY interested in knowing what the ladies on my iPod are singing about).
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