Thursday, March 1, 2012

The Song in My Head

"It's the way I'm feeling, I just can't deny." -Rihanna, We Found Love

Behold, the amazing and yet somewhat disturbing chain reaction that lands a song in your head. And, subsequently, in your child's head. Not only is this song in Peanut's head, she now claims that it's her favorite song. And it's all my fault.

Here's how it happened:

1. One day on my way to pick up Peanut from daycare, I didn't change the car radio from My Director's Top 40 station to my classic rock station. (A station that has been instrumental in Peanut's musical education. More on that below.)

2. A song comes on that just so happens to remind me of the book I couldn't put down. The Hunger Games. If you've been living under a rock, the two main characters fall in love during a televised fight to the death between themselves and 22 others. Or did they? You never know if they're in love, or playing the "game." (Ya gotta read the book. Then ya gotta read the next two.)

3. Since I instantly connect this song that I have never previously heard (because I listen to classic rock) to the popular book I am reading, I start to sing the chorus repeatedly in the car.

4. I continue to sing the chorus at home while cooking, then during dinner, playtime, and bedtime.

5. A couple of days later, I catch Peanut doing this:


6. A week later, we're all in the swagger wagon and My Director points out that she and I listen to different music with Peanut while we're driving. So I ask Peanut, "Which music do you like better? Mommy's or Daddy's?"

7. She answers, "We Found Love in a Hopeless Place." (I cringe a little.)

8. We get home and Peanut asks us to buy that song on iTunes.

9. We buy it and this happens the first time we play it:


10. Now Rihanna has become part of the soundtrack of our lives. We all bust out to this song constantly. And it's all because classic rock dad just so happened to be listening to Top 40 mom's station at the right (or wrong) place at the right (or wrong) time.

And we can't stop. But at least it's not as bad as this:

Or is it?

Luckily, Peanut DOES enjoy and recognize a lot of the classic rock I expose her to. I wrote about one special instance here.

13 comments:

  1. Its funny the songs that get stuck in the kids heads... My youngest loves "Sexy and I know it" my oldest like Tonight, Tonight. Songs go in and out of our lives all the time.

    I caught my four year old singing the theme song to Mike Francesas radio show today. Except he sings it "Mikes up, ready the Fan. Mikes up." I guess I listen to a little too much Sprts talk.

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    1. Why on earth do you listen to Francesa? That's child abuse!

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  2. Oh heavens. She's a dancer, alright. Yeah, my 6-year-old son hears Lady Gaga sometimes when he visits his mom. I believe I have a video of him dancing in a store to one of her songs.

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    1. Yes... she loves to dance. She takes class and everything. I think I'd take the Strawberry Shortcake song over Lady Gaga. hahaha

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  3. I, too, am a classic rock guy and will admit that is very catchy song. From the dance video I get the feeling Peanut likes to get a laugh. Who doesn't? I love that look before she does the funny part of the dance.

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    1. What can I say... the kid is a ham. I wonder where she gets that from. And yes... it's catchy.

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  4. My girl loves Metallica, Pink, Evanescence & Adele... It far better for my sanity this way. I can't imagine having the LMFAO "i'm elmo and i know it" stuck in my head.

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    1. That Strawberry Shortckae song is always in my head. And we have a Luna version too. So I turned my torture into amusement.

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  5. Love love love this post! Especially her dancing bit LOL! Our 4 year old was into "Red Solo Cup" aka my most hated song for a little while thanks to his Daddy. Now it's Cheeseburger in paradise which I can handle.

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  6. That was great. It's a little girl thing... the whole rump shaker thing... My daughter does it too.

    And NO... it's not as bad as that SSC song... I wanted to literally rip my ears off about 9 seconds into that song.

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  7. Oh my goodness! The booty slapping was just too funny! We went through a very long Katie Perry phase here complete with some lyric about being a bitch sung at the top of my daughter's voice.

    That SSC song is an affront to all ears.

    :)

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  8. My son adores that song. If it comes on in the car, we have to listen to it all the way through. What is it about the song that makes younger kids crazy? And does this mean I have to start The Hunger Games?

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    1. You should read The Hunger Games because it's amazing.

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