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This Weekend I’ll Mostly Be Listening to…My music that’s made it onto my sons ipod May 4, 2013

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If any of you are parents, you may well have had the same dilemma ….. How do you pass on some of your musical taste.
I would imagine I’m fairly typical of my generation in that I’ve a considerable number of LPs, Cassettes and CDs at home. Not being a regular listener to ‘music radio’ and not having the same amount of time to listen to music as I once did , I’m probably a bit stuck in my musical tastes.
The great thing is though that there’s plenty of my own CDs etc now on my sons ipod, yes theres his own awful stuff like Calvin Harris and other names that I haven’t a notion about but its still dominated by music from my own collection.
Its been a long hard slog though, pretending the car radio was broken, the tape player in the car actually did break too so all those ‘Wheels on the Bus’ and other tapes didn’t get played for too long. Instead it was trial and error. After various tries some family favourites such as The Dubliners became popular which we could all sing along to on various car journeys.
The first selection is Sigur Ros, who he got a ticket to see in the Point for his birthday. His first outing there was to see The Script a few months back. I was due to with him but happened to be away the week of the concert.  So he had to go with his Mother….. Before hand there was moaning… “Going to a concert with me Ma!… ” followed later on with “There’s a few lads from school going and NONE of them are going with their Mothers!”. Anyway he got through the embarrassment and enjoyed himself thoroughly.

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1. WorldbyStorm - May 4, 2013

It’s interesting to see tastes evolve on completely separate lines. Friends and relatives of mine with kids say 7 upwards into their teens and you see echoes of the parent(s) taste and then wildly divergent stuff. It’s actually fascinating. Good selection though above. Apples trees not falling far from etcetera 🙂

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2. eamonncork - May 4, 2013

A canvass of my three daughters, 1 10 and 2 8, reveals the following favourite songs. I’m quite impressed.

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WorldbyStorm - May 4, 2013

Took me a moment to decode their ages!

Enchanted is not half bad for Disney. It sort of pulls its punches a bit but some good stuff on the way.

The vote from here – from 5 yo is sadly as follows:

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Tomboktu - May 4, 2013

[eamonncork, There was a glitch with the comment and one of the videos was not embedding, so I’ve edited it to insert line breaks — no change of what you were saying though.]

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eamonncork - May 4, 2013

Thanks oul stock.

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Dr.Nightdub - May 4, 2013

Don’t have kids myself, but my mum had a severe crisis of conscience when Lady Gaga made it onto my niece’s Santa list two years ago: “How can I buy her a CD with an explicit lyrics warning? She’s 6!”

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WorldbyStorm - May 4, 2013

🙂 Actually, what did she do in the end?

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Dr.Nightdub - May 4, 2013

Bottled it, left me to do my uncle-ly duty and got her something else on the list.

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WorldbyStorm - May 4, 2013

PMRC do-gooders, ruining everything!

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Frank Street - May 6, 2013

My youngest, prompted by hearing Lady Gaga, asked her older sister – “what’s a disco stick?” Her sister told her “ask your father!”

Thanks for that.

As for my 12 year old’s taste: Muse, Deep Forest, Japan, Frank Zappa, etc. I don’t know where she gets it from *walks away whistling*

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3. Tomboktu - May 4, 2013

Do you parents really try to pass on some of your musical taste? (I’m not a parent, but stuff I’ve read about parenting suggests the task should be to enable the children to make their own choices.)

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WorldbyStorm - May 4, 2013

I’m not able to talk for others but my sense is that it’s more to see what in the general ambience sticks in their minds, rather than to directly attempt to shape their taste.

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LeftAtTheCross - May 4, 2013

Tomboktu, that’s true but at the same time, after years of changing their nappies and force feeding them broccoli etc etc it’s hard to draw a clear line at which point they transition from being dependent to having their own free will which can be indulged. So that time lag kicks in around the early teenage years. The two teenagers in our house have definitely soaked up some of the parental musical influences, the eldest even has ielb’s music on her iPod, silence is it? Like with everything else one tries to set them off on the right course as one relinquishes control. Unfortunately none of ours are into post punk so like with politics I just hope they’ll come around to seeing the light in later years.

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eamonncork - May 5, 2013

Personally I insist that my children learn not just all the lyrics on Entertainment by the Gang of Four but are also able to explain how the group’s music functions as a critique of the capitalist dynamics of the record industry. If they can’t do that, they’re forced to sleep out in the shed. Of course the PC brigade would probably think there’s something wrong with that. We live in a police state.

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WorldbyStorm - May 5, 2013

🙂 I’ve already been told in answer to the question whether they are a revolutionary socialist that they’re not. Full blown Thatcherism by 10… Objectivism by 15. Inevitable.

BTW, thanks for the heads up on Neon Neon. Excellent stuff.

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4. james - May 4, 2013

jeff hannmeman finest moment

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WorldbyStorm - May 4, 2013

+1

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5. Villan - May 4, 2013

Sigur Rós are a real marmite band.

Me? I loves ’em!

By far and away their finest hour was 1999’s Ágætis Byrjun.

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WorldbyStorm - May 4, 2013

I see the appeal but I’ve never really got into them. It’s weird. Like they’re really good, but something holds me back.

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6. CMK - May 4, 2013

It can work the other way, too. I’ve several Katy Perry songs on my iPod courtesy of my daughters. It’s strange but some of the ‘pop’ songs that I would have instantly dismissed before I had kids, I can now see the virtues of as I my kids love them. While I haven’t degenerated (yet!) to downloading Justin Bieber, I have postively assessed some of his efforts, as well as One Direction.

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WorldbyStorm - May 4, 2013

Reverse brainwashing! 🙂

I too have had to listen to (and view) One Direction.

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CMK - May 4, 2013

There’s a bit of, ahem, depth to Katy Perry that I wouldn’t have anticipated. Beyond the blue/pink hair she’s actually quite interesting as an artist. Bieber and One Direction, less so. Bieber’s comments after visiting the Anne Frank Museum were profoundly stupid.

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WorldbyStorm - May 4, 2013

Yeah, Perry is okay. Bieber’s comment was incredibly dim. And some of his fans didn’t help matters any.

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7. Tomboktu - May 5, 2013

How do you pass on some of your musical taste

Let me turn the arrow in the question the other way around: what did your parents pass on to you by way of musical taste.

In my case, my mother used to listen to Music for Middlebrows and Tommy O’Brien’s Your Choice and Mine, so I started to listn in an eclectic way to classical music. I realised I’d left her tste behind when she was visiting a few years ago, and I was listening to Andriessen’s De Staat and she said it sounded like the tune the oul cow died of.

It was played at the NCH in March by the National Concert Orchestra, and I was there, in the main auditorium with plenty of seats.

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8. TheOtherRiverR(h)ine - May 6, 2013

Life finally wore out for dear Giulio.

Machiavelli will have some good company along with Badilamenti.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/may/06/giulio-andreotti-italian-pm-dies

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