Sunday, January 04, 2009

Stuff Brian Likes - Rockabye Baby! Music

Sunday, January 04, 2009
If you are anything like me, what keeps you up at night is not if my child is smart or happy, but will she grow up to like good music. If you are not careful, you could end up with a child who is into mainstream pop like Avril Lavigne or Justin Timberlake. Worse yet, they could get hooked on some Dave Matthews Band at an early age, and by the time they are in their late teens, be following around jam-bands around the country selling T-Shirts in stadium parking-lots. It was Nick Honsby who put it, "It's not what you're like, its what you like." I want to ensure my daughter likes the best.

At 3 months, I wondered if it was too young for my Beatrix to listen to the complex music of Tool or Radiohead. Would the hard-rock of AC/DC or Metallica upset her. When I played her Smells Like Teen Spirit, she started to cry. I was at a loss. How could I play my infant daughter music she would enjoy and still raise her to be a music snob who would look down on the musical tastes of her peers.

Luckily, their is a solution.

Rockabye Baby! offers a full line of instrumental lullabies put the music of some great modern rock musical acts. Imagine the most soothing music for your baby, but in your head you can sing along to your favorite songs. While other children are listening to Mary Had A Little Lamb, my baby will be following asleep to an instrumental version of I Wanna Be Sedated. When Beatrix turns 3 or so, and I play her the full version of Karma Police, it will be a different rendition of a song she already knows. When I play her Nickleback, she will not know it at all and not be entertained by it in the least. That is a victory I will be proud of.

Some of the great musical acts that are available is Radiohead , The Cure, Nirvana, The Ramones, Nine Inch Nails, The Smashing Pumpkins, Pixies and lots more. Even for your less rock-snobby parents, you can get Coldplay or No Doubt.

I highly recommend this to all parents concerned about their babies musical tastes.


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