Friday, May 9, 2008

kid's music

I want to pull my hair out! Every day I drive the kids to Atascadero and back, 10 minutes each way. The best way to achieve a peaceful journey is to play kid's music. We have an assortment of kid's CD's: Veggie Tales, VBS music from last summer, modern kid's worship and a Bible nursery songs type of thing. Personally, these choices drive me crazy. The VBS music is well done, it's from Son Force Special Agents, I'm not sure which company. The kids who sing have nice voices, not that shrill tone that a lot of kids have. The Veggie Tales is just that, veggie-ful. Fine. The thing that irks me the most is that there is no happy medium between the nursery songs and the modern worship. The nursery songs are all the annoying songs you grew up with and thought, "my kid's never going to listen to this!" For example, "Jesus Wants Me for a Sunbeam". what the heck does that mean? Or how about "I Want to be a Christian in my Heart"? Do we want our kids singing along and doubting their salvation? The modern stuff is no better. Most of the songs are set to thumping club-style music. Imagine Chris Kattan, Jim Carey and Will Ferrell in the Night at the Roxbury skit. I don't want my kids jerking their heads to their sides singing "Blessed Be the Name of the Lord". Am I too picky or critical? Has anyone found a good CD out there? I'm too jaded to go to my local Christian book store... I went in at Christmas and asked if they had any advent devotionals.... "uh, well, we have Christmas from A to Z". Yeah, no thanks, they also sell Evan Almighty. Like I said, I'm jaded. Send a comment my way if you have any suggestions, maybe I'll just make a mix from all the least annoying stuff in our collection!

7 comments:

Flo Oakes said...

The best "Christian" kids music I have heard o far is the album "Slugs and Bugs" by Andrew Peterson and Randall Goodgame. It's on iTunes.

We mostly listen to Dan Zanes. It's this raspy voiced guy singing to folksy, New Orleans/banjo driven zydeco music.
We obviously have odd taste in music:)

We also like Laurie Berkner, the album "Catch the Moon" by Elizabeth Mitchel and Lisa Loeb, and the kids album by They Might Be Giants.

Jen said...

Thanks for chiming in Flo, I knew I could count on you to help me out. I really like Dan Zanes and They Might Be Giants. Both are featured on Disney channel, short music videos between shows. My problem is that I really like having our heads filled with scripture as we drive but the methods are often annoying. I'll check out Slugs and Bugs soon. Thanks.

Jeff said...

We like MC Hammer...

"You got to pray so you can make it today..."

Every kid needs to know that...

-Your always helpful brother-

Sallie said...

Let's bring back "Psalty, the Singing Songbook"! :) Seriously, sometimes the best music is the music they enjoy no matter how annoying it is. I'm all for exposing kids to different genres of music and there are many choices within the Christian/Gospel music realm. You might be surprised at what they enjoy and you too!

Mom

Christine said...

I have "issues" from listening to Psalty!

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David A. Rusco said...

Hey, whats wrong with alittle Sunbeam stuff! Yay, Cedarmont! They will watch it over and over and over...just ask my blessed grandkids!They must have one that is just Scriptures. the grammy