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By Daddy Brad Tuesday, February 10th, 2009
As I recall, the Grammy Awards were the other night. I didn’t watch. I was busy viewing reruns of “Arrested Development” over on HULU. Supposedly, this really pregnant chick sang, some kids from Nickelodeon got to jam with Stevie Wonder and a dude from Led Zeppelin won an award for singing with this chick from a bluegrass band. Sounds bizarre.
Since my wife is pregnant, my kids watch Nickelodeon and I love Led Zeppelin and bluegrass, I have come to the conclusion that I should give out some music awards of my own. Now I am diligent about exposing my kids to the music that I like. While our family play list is equally divided 50/50 between adult and kid tunes, I get really pumped when one of my kid’s favorites is actually a good album. Thus I give you my random music awards for 2008 in the kids’ rock category.
Here’s how I chose my nominees.
Number 1. My kids really loved the albums, screamed for them every time we got in the car and pitched snot-slinging fits if we didn’t listen to them!
Number 2. I heard the albums over 1,000 times each in 2008 and still actually like them.
Number 3. The individual tracks are musically complex and could be mixed into my I-pod play list during an adult party and no one would notice.
Daddy Brad’s Random Music Award Winners for 2008:
Best kids album that Michael Phelps might listen to while at a party In Columbia South Carolina:
Loquat Rooftop by Randy Kaplan
Best kids pop/rock album that you would never admit to liking, but contains some songs which are actually good and would get airplay on cool radio stations nationwide, if they were not about dolls and monkeys and sung by a dude with a red shirt and a puppet named Silly:
Flying Guitar by Steve Songs
Best kids album that Dr. Seuss, the Grateful Dead and Little Feat would most likely listen to if they spent a weekend partying together in a cabin in the woods.
My Best Day by Trout Fishing In America
I hope you and your children enjoy these selections.
By Daddy Clay Thursday, October 23rd, 2008
The results from our latest poll are in and indicate that when it comes to kids music, dads are either in or they’re out.
40% of the respondents really didn’t listen to any children’s music at all. One can assume that these dads think that their collection of Billy Squire, Jimmy Buffet and Squeeze is more than sufficient to instruct their offspring in the finer points of music appreciation. This clearly biased pollster happens to fall in this category. My belief has long been that kids music belongs in kids players and that adult music belongs on adult players. What lessons do the kids need that Johnny Cash and Ryan Adams can’t teach them?
On the other hand, 32% or our respondents listen almost exclusively to music made for children. Which is cool as long as they have plenty of Sara Hickman, Trout Fishing in America, Jellydots, Joe McDermott, Dan Zanes, Farmer Jason, and the BummKinn Band in the iPod, otherwise they’re obviously going to go insane. One need look no further than the DadLabs video catalog to find great music for kids.
A smaller percentage of folks responded that they listed to kids music situationally, either on special occasions (16%) or in the car (12%). Bribing kids to get into the carseat? Encouraging them to behave with grandma coming over? We get it.
All joking aside, I think all the dads here agree that it is important to have music in the home, and fortunately there is a rapidly growing catalog of music that is palatable to both adults and children. Look no further than the amazing artists that have played here in the DadLabs studios for evidence of that.
Now go vote in our new poll:
If men could get pregnant, what symptom would be the hardest for them to deal with?