May 252014
Choosing What's Appropriate

My son had a sleepover last weekend with a friend and I got into a conversation with the parents whose son was eager to watch Star Wars Episode III. Because my son is obsessed with Harry Potter and I’m not a big fan of the first three episodes of Star Wars my son hadn’t seen [Read more…]

Mar 302014
Top 5 Grown-up Kid Songs

I’m going to start this off by saying I’m sure Raffi is a very nice person and it’s very likely the Wiggles aren’t actually evil. But frankly – at times – main stream commercial children’s music can seem like a conspiracy to torture parents into regretting they had children. Fortunately the light at the end [Read more…]

Apr 202013
Lamentations of the Father

We were listening to a Prairie Home Companion compilation, Definitely Above Average, on our spring break road trip and came across the gloriously perfect essay Lamentations of the Father by Ian Frazier. Even though my kids are 10 and 12 I found far too much of this essay was still appropriate. If you’re not familiar [Read more…]

Feb 252013
Spotify This!

I was not one of those people who were all up in arms when Tipper Gore first suggested labeling music as a warning to parents. I wasn’t particularly passionate either way about the subject. However, I didn’t see giving someone a heads up that the content of a song contained sexually explicit references or whatever [Read more…]

Jan 252013
CD Review: KidQuake! by the Not-Its!

Children’s music these days presents an interesting challenge for musicians. How do you bring your musical sensibilities to a form that has typically been drawn with primary colors? When I say primary colors I’m thinking of simple melodies and lyrics that, in a way, talk down to kids. The wheels on the bus do indeed [Read more…]