Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Tuesdays Tunes and Some Rambling

I saw a meme on Facebook this morning that got me thinking about music. About how our kids are introduced to it and find their own styles and favorites. About what they listen to when they pick the tunes. About what music makes them happy, sad, hyper, or helps them relax. It just got me thinking.... 

Gamer Boy hangs out in his room listening to soundtrack songs from the Middle-Earth movies - The Hobbit's and the LOTR. He rocks out to Fall Out Boy and songs from Aladdin, enjoys Mumford and Sons, Johnny Cash, Macklemore, Imagine Dragons and The Beatles. 

Angel Face's "cheer-me-up-jam" for the last couple years has been Fall Out Boy's 'My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark'. She and Princess Z belt out Top 40's, Selena Gomez, Hedley, Carly Rae Jepsen, Sara Bareilles, Marianas Trench and even Pink with their karaoke machine. 

When they're feeling frisky (aka: hyper) living room dance parties may be to music from Disney movies, Selena Gomez, or (if they are really trying to get Heli Dad and I grooving too) dance music from around 1999 like Aqua, Blur, and others of that ilk (think along the lines of music from the first few releases of the 'Big Shiny Tunes' and 'Much Dance' compilation mixes). They know the words to some of the songs, not all but some and try to sing along with us. 

Lenka - 'Everything at Once'
First heard on commercials and at the beginning of Disney DVD's, this song was one that quickly captured all 3 of my children's interest. Eventually we tracked down a full version of the song and now we all delight in singing along - trying to remember every word and rhyme.

Their music styles and preferences are as vast and eclectic as mine and Heli Dad's - because they are still pulling many of their favorites from our collections. But, and this is a big but, they are already finding their own too. They hear a song in a movie and ask to download it from iTunes. They'll hear remixes of songs on video games and search out the original. Their friends play music and they find something new they like. Their discovery of their musical tastes will continue to change and evolve and mature (or not) for the rest of their lives.  I'm sure that our parents wished for our favorite songs to be less annoying (granted I can't think of anything off the top of my head) just as we do sometimes with our own kids. But after really thinking about it this morning I find myself fascinated and looking forward to all the discovery stages of their musical tastes to come - no matter how head scratching, jaw dropping, irritating or wonderful they are!

Here's the meme that got this ball of yarn gathering in my head... 

As a side note, my kids do know every single word to both 
'Immortals' by Fall Out Boy from BIG HERO 6 and 'Let It Go' from FROZEN.

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