Thursday, August 15, 2013

Kids 'n' Local Music

Before I had kids I always thought that when I did, I would raise them up listening to MY music! I wasn't going to be all 'up in their grill' about what they listen to so long as it was clear of cursing. I didn't know much kid music other than the song about a girl that took a lamb to school or the ducks that swam and quacked.  Sounded pretty boring to me. Nothing against the great kid song singers, but my children were gonna be more into the fun stuff I liked... you know, Beatles, The Who, Wham (yes, I said Wham), TLC and more

Now before the bazillions of Beatles fans start picking up stones to throw in my general direction, let me say that there's nothing wrong with kids listening to Let It Be or It's Been a Hard Day's Night. But come on...Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds? Might be hard to explain, don't you think?

I have NO IDEA what the heck I was thinking! Clearly I wasn't. Needless to say, now that I do have kids, I absolutely LOVE kids music and seek out all kinds of great discs for their rhythms, lyrics, fun quality, dance quality, teaching quality, and more.

In fact, when I have the kids in my presence, I try not to listen to my music much at all.  Most of it is about topics way over their head anyway. Really, kids don't need to know about drinking, partying, loving, touching or squeezing (although, I do love that song). They will learn all that craziness fast enough, and anytime before the age of 28 is too soon for me! 

For now, I am completely content with my kids singing about holes in logs, Sammy the Spider, Dinosaurs, and more.  In fact, I prefer it.  Anything else and I may very well get all 'up in their grill'.

And speaking of kids, music... and great influences for young minds... have you heard of the local band The Afternaps? If you haven't, you should! Even if you don't have kids, you should check them out! If you are an auntie, uncle, grandparent, etc... you can become the BEST auntie if you introduce the kiddos to The Afternaps

Erin Odessa leads the way as the singer and the band backs her up with some amazing music! They sing of course, but they also dance, teach, and play -- they PLAY! 

Recently I was at Whirlow's for a Girls Night Out and happened to get their early enough to also enjoy the sounds of laughter in the adjoining store, Yogurt My Way. When I rounded the corner I was instantly in a crowd of moms, dads, strollers, and kids.  Lots and lots of kids. They were all giggly, the parents were smiling, and The Afternaps were OFF THE HOOK!

Take a quick glimpse here and then if you can - GO SEE THEM LIVE!  Support your local musicians, support your local restaurants, and most important, support your kids being kids! 

P.S. The Afternaps are available for private birthday parties, too!


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