My 9 year old has discovered music, it’s the best! (thank you Santa for the iPod Shuffle)
Unlike the old days, when we would sit at the ready with pause/play/record depressed on the tape recorder and the radio on, he has unlimited options sitting before him on iTunes.
His first downloads were “Hey Jude” (The Beatles) and “Ahead By A Century” (The Tragically Hip) — I instantly felt good about my parenting skills with his choices. Of course, being mother of the year, I introduced him to the clean versions of Eminem, Jay-Z and 50 Cent….(while impressing him and his bestie with the fact that I know all the words to the raps. cool mom)
The other day he was adding to his playlist, and asked, “what’s a good band to download?” — I paused and was about to answer, after all I was wearing the sweatshirt with the answer ON IT! He turned back to the iTunes library and said, “I got it.” When I inquired as to his next search he said, “I’m looking up The Rolling Stones, but that is what you were going to say, right?”
Now here’s the big question: “What song should I pick?”
Where do you even start with a question like this? A library that rich…..the depth and breadth of the music.
It’s sparked a great deal of conversation, in my backyard, since. Which would be your pick?
“Start Me Up” was his Dad’s choice, his Pseudo Aunt CP said “Sympathy for the Devil”, I was going “Shattered” or “Little T ‘n A” (mother of the year!?)
It should be noted that he didn’t go with The Stones, in the moment, rather asked: “Mom, how do you spell The Bee Gees” and downloaded “Stayin’ Alive”.
What would you tell an expanding musical mind to download? What MUST be on that iPod Shuffle?
Please make suggestions in the comment section of this blog, my boy will read them there and sample.