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Tuesday, February 19, 2008


I Want My TV Music!

For the first few years, my son's musical tastes reflected mine. However, sometime during his third year he started watching TV shows and showing an interest in the music in them. This was back when we had cable and he could tune into the Disney Channel and Cartoon Network.

We mostly watched Stanley, Rolie Polie Olie, Blue's Clues, Out of the Box, Teletubbies, Mr. Rogers, and Scooby-Doo. All of these shows had cool theme songs and musical numbers. Yes, we grooved to Dipsy, La La, Tinky Winky, and Po...

Listen: "Teletubbies Say Eh-Oh!"

And we danced around the room to Steve and Blue...

Listen: "We Just Figured Out Blue's Clues"

One of our favorite TV themes was from a Disney Channel show about creativity and imagination...

Listen: "Out of the Box"

And we just laughed and laughed over Goofy's antics on the House of Mouse...

Listen: "Soup Or Salad, Fries Or Biscuits"

It wasn't until my son was almost six that he made a discovery of his own. That's when we started watching What's New Scooby-Doo?, the modern revival of the classic cartoon series. The updated version featured a cool new theme song, recorded by the punk-pop band Simple Plan, that immediately appealed to my son. He really got excited when one of their songs was featured in an episode. That was the first time he ever said, "Daddy, can you find that song for me?" Four years later, it's still one of his favorite tunes...

Listen: Simple Plan - "I'd Do Anything"

From there, my son has learned to love a wide variety of styles and singers, but he always seems to perk up for that energetic punk-pop sound. We've all become fans of bands like Relient k, The Click Five, McFly, The Rocket Summer, and Matt Willis thanks to my son wanting to explore bands similar to Simple Plan.

My 6-year-old daughter likes this stuff too, but she's shown a fondness in recent months for a completely different style of music... one which I never thought I'd enjoy. Disco! Because of her, for the first time in my life I purchased a Bee Gees song.

More about that on another day.



Blogger Gargoyle said...

We have a video of Liam at age 10 months head banging and jiggling to KISS on the TV... I thought we had a young rocker in the making. Then he discovered Tele-tubbies... I fell like squeezing the little animals to death when I hear their audio start! Oh well, maybe it's just a "phase"!

3:23 AM  
Blogger Gargoyle said...

Oh, and I keep forgetting to tell everyone I have changed blogging address...

3:24 AM  
Anonymous becky said...

My son is into Tom Jones right now. cracks me up.

5:30 AM  
Anonymous the weirdgirl said...

I love this stuff! My son enjoys it, too, so we've been having some fun.

Great theme this week. I love it!

8:43 PM  

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