Still, I recently became the proud owner of Flogging Molly’s newest album, Speed of Darkness. It’s been playing at my house non-stop, while Preschooler accompanies with an off-key rendition of “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” spliced with refrains from the “A-B-C” song. Hey, they really have the same melody, which probably makes my child some sort of musical genius.
Anyhow, this got me thinking about whether or not Preschooler is really aware of the music I’m playing, which then got me thinking about the first non-nursery rhyme music I became aware of. Which is....wait for it....
Yes, Starship’s 1985 rendition of “Sara” and their later hit “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now” are the earliest “real” songs I recall enjoying, and this coming from the child who once spent an entire trip to the shoe store singing the “My Little Pony” theme song.
Oh yes there was a theme song, back around 1985 or so when kid’s tv shows
were created solely as advertising ploys.
Now, my parents were pretty liberal about playing music they enjoyed around the house, so I can only attribute my infatuation with Starship to them playing the record at home. After all, my first record (yes, record) was Bon Jovi's Slippery When Wet. Plus, I was named after the Rolling Stone’s “Angie,” and my sister’s name was inspired by Fleetwood Mac’s “Rhiannon,” which goes to show that my parents were either kind of cool OR kind of hippies. Probably the former. Probably.
My parents often had friends over and they’d play card games and board games, while my sister and I and their children choreographed interpretive dance routines based on whatever songs were playing on the record player. And the song that was played the most was....wait for it.... Bob Dylan’s “Rainy Day Women #12 & 35”
AKA Everybody Must Get Stoned
A seven-year-old that creates a dance routine to this song, complete with sequined costumes and feather headbands, should be off to a bright start.
Despite all this high culture, my own taste in music had to go through some growing pains of it’s own.....