Music for younger ears

I was driving home from Vernon yesterday and listening to the excellent rendition of Simon and Garfunkel’s Cecelia by Jesse Cook and Jeremy Fisher on the radio. What an amazing song. I remember sitting on mom and dad’s huge buffet of radio/record player, singing Cecilia with my sister at the top of my lungs with the beats vibrating the room and my hands and feet as I sat there.

My parents must have got a kick out of the raunchy lyrics and the little 10 and eight-year-olds singing them at the top of our lungs. Really, the song is totally inappropriate for young children. But you cannot deny the quality of the music, and the timeliness of Simon and Garfunkel.

Well, my girls listen to a lot of popular music as well as the classics, singer-songwriter tunes, and, of course, Jess. But so many of the modern songs, and many of the good old ones, are full of sexual innuendos and heaven knows what else. We were so happy when the girls school did a dance to ” I am Elmo and I know it” so whatever they heard the more adult version on the radio, they were singing the kindergarten appropriate lyrics.

But some songs just can’t be changed… I would love to know what are some of the musical choices that kids should listen to despite the lyrics, and others you think should wait until they are much older. Your thoughts?

2 thoughts on “Music for younger ears

  1. This post made me laugh — I remember the shocking day, as a teenager, when the words to “Cecilia” clicked in and I realized what I’d been singing for all those years! 🙂

    Since I listen to jazz a LOT, it’s what my kids listen to as well. They can sing a whole lot of jazz standards that aren’t really appropriate for kids. “I want a little sugar in my bowl” was hilarious when coming out of my preschooler’s mouths. Totally risque, but still hilarious! Same with “Let’s Do It (Let’s Fall In Love).”

    The one jazz song that I think goes over the line is “Popsicle Toes,” but of course my kids listen to it anyway, since I never remember to skip that track when it’s playing, and it’s SUCH a catchy song for kids’ ears!

    I’m pretty careful about current songs (pop, rock, whatever) because the sexual innuendos are really in-your-face and there’s no mistaking what they mean. I don’t like hearing “I’m sexy and I know it” coming out of little kids’ mouths, I think that’s creepy and wrong! I’ve never heard the Elmo version… what a good idea! 🙂

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