I have a lot or waiting room time coming my way in the next few months thanks to children's appointments. Lest I spend all of it watching Dexter I've decided to make lists and foist them upon you. Lucky you.
List One: Songs and/or albums All The Children should know
1. Free to be You and Me - nuff said.
2. Madonna. The earlier the song the better. Come on Girls! (Note - the new Madonna album may or may not include the following line, which my daughter has taken to singing loudly: "You wanna live like a bitch? You're gonna die like a bitch. Now DIE BITCH." Better parents may want to select their songs more carefully.)
3. Joshua Giraffe - Raffi. I know, RAFFI, right? But any song with the line:
with no room to play,
trapped in a zoo,
with buffalo poo…."
is a song worth singing and singing loudly.
4. Anything (everything?) by Michael Jackson, to include Thriller, Beat It, and The Way You Make Me Feel. Try and put that whole pedophile thing out of your mind - the man just makes you want to dance.
5. Elizabeth Mitchell. Her folksy renditions of traditional kids songs and her inclusion of some darker ballads (Goodnight Irene, for starters), coupled with the fact that her kids are adorably singing along with her in some of the songs, makes her a keeper.
6. F*cking Perfect - Pink is a badass.
7. Abiyoyo. Well, I would say everything by Pete Seeger, especially the Union songs, but Abiyoyo is a good gateway.
8. The following gems from Spokane's Listen To Your Mother soundtrack:
- Hey Mama (Black Eyed Peas)
- Mama Tried (Merle Haggard)
- Stacey's Mom (Fountains of Wayne)
- Your Mother Should Know (The Beatles)
- Coat of Many Colors (Dolly Parton)
- Hey Mama (Kanye West)
9. The Boys on the Docks (Dropkick Murphys)
10. Just a Friend (Biz Markie) - best sing-along chorus EVAH.
And look! I've even made you a playlist on Spotify!
Your turn - what am I missing?