What music is your child growing up to?
My dad was a big fan of Stevie Wonder, The Doobie Brothers, Jimi Hendrix, Ry Cooder. And music was played in our house. A lot.
I have very fond memories of huddling around one of those little portable tape recorders with my brother (the ones where you had to press down the play and record button together) singing I Got You Babe after hearing the Sonny & Cher song.
Today in the car my son asked if I could get Lady Gaga and The Red Hot Chilli Peppers on a CD for our journeys. My daughter is utterly obsessed with the High School Musical soundtrack.
And at the weekend my best friend said she had bought her 5-year-old daughter the latest Lily Allen CD. Ye gods, I screeched at her, you have heard the lyrics haven’t you?
No! She looks slightly concerned now. Sure they’re about relationships and affairs and the like but they’re quite poppy and sing songy and that is what she really likes, my friend says. She doesn’t really understand what the words are about.
There is a song on there and the chorus goes: ‘F*** you, f*** you’ in a sing songy stylee. I’m thinking that’s not going to be suitable for your 5 year old!
I was thinking about this after reading a post at I Hate My Message Board where Tracy was talking about the music which reminds her of her childhood.
She was all Simon and Garfunkel and James Brown and Ray Charles – can you imagine our children’s memories when they are our age? Growing up with Girls Aloud and Hannah Montana. Hmm, not quite the same ring of enduring coolness about it.
Or am I being a music snob?