Wednesday, 19 April 2017

April #4: Calling Occupants of Interplanetary Crap



While the other half is insistent on poisoning our three year old's ears with the latest Now CD whenever she takes him out in her car, I have pledged to give him a broader musical education. So I've begun compiling CDs full of upbeat, quirky or sunshiney pop songs from the 50s to the present day and I stick them on whenever I'm driving him about. As previously discussed, he picks up songs very quickly, often recognising them from a few notes of the intro ("Daddy, is this Mr. Blue Sky?"), although when he sings along he rarely remembers more than the chorus. You have to be careful with your song choices though... Louise asked me why I'd picked "Crazy For You" by Madonna rather than one of her other earlier hits. Well, I didn't want him singing "Like a virgin" at nursery, did I? And Sexy MF is definitely off the plate.


4. The Carpenters - Calling Occupants of Interplanetary Craft

He does like this Carpenters oldie though (yes, yes, I know it was originally by Klaatu), particularly because of the funny "radio DJ talking to space alien" intro, and so I was chuffed to pieces when he started singing it in the bath last night. Until...


"Calling occupants of inerplantetary crap."

"No, no, Sam, it's 'craft', not... Calling occupants of interplanetary craft. Don't say... Can you say 'craft'?"

"Crack?"

"Erm... 'craft'. CRA-FT."

"Crap."

"No, no, don't say... that's a naughty word, see, we don't say..."

"Well, daddy, there's nothing naughty about craps, just because they have pincers, they don't want to hurt you..."




15 comments:

  1. Great idea to give the young 'un the benefit of your knowledge and taste. Can't go wrong with this Carpenters hit and it may well serve as an intro to Karen's heartbreaking tone for when he's old enough to take it in. 'Mr. Blue Sky' is just about perfect.

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    1. I believe that's every parent's job: to give your kids the benefit of your (questionable) taste in music so they can take what they like and rebel against the rest. I fully expect him to get into rave or drum n bass in 10 years time and make my ears a misery.

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  2. Kids, eh?
    They'll get you hung!
    Brought a smile to my face

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  3. Now CD's - are they still a thing? Sounds like you have your work cut out on the musical education front, but if you've already managed to sneak Karen and ELO into the equation you're obviously not doing too badly.

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    1. They're still a thing in my car. Then again, I only got rid of the 8 track last year.

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  4. Funny story - We had the "Sex Bomb incident" when DD was at nursery school! Oh dear.

    Good idea to broaden the musical horizons from a young age - DD has an incredible memory for lyrics and can still remember them all from the 60s/70s songs she heard at Sam's age. Brains like little sponges.

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    1. I'm amazed by how many he remembers.

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  5. They soak it up until they are about 7 and then the like everything your parents hate gland starts to develop. Enjoy it whilst you can.

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    1. You see, I never had that gland myself, so I'm hoping genetically Sam will follow in my footsteps.

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  6. Get him on Moz and the boys as early as possible!!

    JC

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  7. ha, the things children say...

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  8. I was more thinking Some Girls Are Bigger Than Others....

    JC

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