Music For The Kid

By kenny friedman on Monday, November 28, 2011

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On both of my computers I have a playlist called "Music for the kid" both are unfinished.

When I'm hanging with MF I usually have the radio on and ask if he wants to listen to Rock and Roll or Classical... Three of four times he says Rock and Roll which is awesome to hear a kid say (and that statement is weird for me to be making because I think back at two years ago when people woud say "doesn't he/she say that so cute?" and I'd be thinking "No."

Since he's a fan of the Rock and/or Roll I'm trying to make a good playlist of music that I can listen to and that is good for MF to jam to.

I have a few rules:

  • It can't be music for kids – I recently bought a Lisa Loeb kid's cd . I rather like it (Staci doesn't – but it's been confirmed that I'm right) but that stuff and things like it won't make the list.
  • It has to be something I can listen to on heavy rotation because I know how kids are with music.
  • And it can't have a lot of swearing. I'd say no swearing but I broke that with the first song so... Whatever.
  • A majority of the stuff should be dancy... Kids like to dance... People like to watch them dance. Again I broke that rule in the first song.
  • Can't be stuff that's always on the radion... And hopefully stuff that is never on Radio Disney
That all being said I figure if I could come up with at least 10-15 songs that would fit on a cd then I accomplished something... And that's what we have here... But I'd love other suggestion. One more rule – no Dave Matthews.

By no means is this finished, perfect or anything else... but here's what I got so far. This will be revisited.



Nashville Tennessee by Frank Turner Just because I love this song
My Flying Saucer by Billy Bragg & Wilco It's about a flying saucer and it's fun
Click, Click, Click, Click by Bishop Allen Because it's awesome and so something I would have/actually have done. I hope MF causes mischief like this too.
Heart Made Of Sound by Softlightes Just fun good stuff... Sweet video too
Nothing by Mason Jennings Loved this song when he was a pre-kid
What Would Bob Do? by Colin Hay Fun and you need some Colin Hay in your life
Bowling Green by Neko Case & Her Boyfriends Fun and you need some twangy Neko Case in your life
The Cure by Tegan and Sara First song he danced to 
Smell Of Petroleum by The Pogues You can't forget about the awesomeness of The Pogues
Gardening At Night by R.E.M No longer a band but this is mumbling greatness
Punk Rock Girl by The Dead Milkmen Should be in every playlist really
Here And Now by Letters To Cleo Because no one has any idea of what they are saying in the chorus and a kid would love that
Another Postcard by Barenaked Ladies The dude is getting postcards with chimpanzees sent to him. This is a must for any kid playlist. I also wonder if he's still getting the postcards.
Beach Girl by Beatnik Termites one of my favorite Cleveland bands. Power pop/surf rock greatness. And kid friendly



2 comments:

  1. Conan likes the sing-songy stuff from local Jeremy Messersmith. Especially "Light Rail" with the trumpets & "Snow Day." (his Mama may have a nerd crush on JM too)...

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  2. I'm loving this list. Mostly because it has the most underrated band of all time, the Dead Milkmen on it, and since I work from home my daily uniform is jeans and a Dead Milkmen t-shirt. And not that you asked, but I'm a big fan of TMBG and their Here Comes Science album because the songs are about real science. Also like the BNL Snacktime! album.

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