Tuesday, May 02, 2006

I Ain't No Hollenbeck Kid

Every parent has to come to a decision as to when it is time to censor the kiddie music. Now I'm not talking about when Raffi becomes more like migraine music and you hit the mute button, I'm talking when your kid is six and going on thirteen and starts to listen to Gwen Stefani and Kelly Clarkson.
One of our local newspaper columnist, Mike Cassidy, wrote about how his 11 year old daughter is listening to "My Humps" by the Black Eyed Peas, (what are you going to do with that junk in your trunk..?) and he wasn't sure what to do about it.
Yes, well my daughter is six and she wrote off kiddie tunes looong ago. She looved listening to the 'Mama song' (Queen Latifa's, When Your Good to Mama) on the Chicago soundtrack when she was four. The lyrics? 'When your stroking Mama, mama's stroking youuuuuu!'
OF COURSE she doesn't understand the true meaning of that song, she just knows she likes the beat. She also likes Gwen Stefani's 'Hollenbeck Girl' and likes to sing when they spell out B-A-N-A-N-A-S! And I know Gwen really is trying to sing the word 'shi*t' but ends up saying 'shhhh' ...so why explain that to my daughter?
My parents didn't have to worry about all this nonsense because they listened to songs in Spanish when we were in the car. Though, my Mom did like Charlie Rich, so I did end up singing 'Behind Closed Doors' at a very early age. Hey, come to think about it, I also sang 'Afternoon Delight' when I was about eight. "Rubbin' sticks and stones together makes the sparks ingite and the thought of rubbin' you is getting so exciting.." Boy, no wonder I have issues!
All I know is that I'm going to continue to let her listen to some pop songs while explaining that these are just made up stories that singers are singing and some of it is inappropriate for her to say. I know the lyrics will get worse as she gets older and I'm all prepared with the 'subjugation of women' speech the first time I hear 'HO' or 'BITCH' in one of her rap songs (hopefully, she won't like this type of rap, but she gets the speech anyway because of music videos).
You see, my daughter is like me, she will find a way to listen to things that are 'forbidden' and to read things that have been 'censored'. So, for now, she does get to listen to some of that Gwen Stefani music, but I'm always relieved when she still sings Raffi's Baby Beluga with her younger sister. Baby Beluga in the deep blue sea, swim so wild, you swim so free..
posted by Mom on the Run @ 2:08 PM |


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