Friday, March 20, 2009

My Life Would Suck Without You...

Today, after I picked up my six inch. turkey sub, on wheat bread, complete with Swiss cheese, mayo and just a squirt of spicy mustard, from Publix, I turned on the radio; to Sirius/XM 20 on 20. I was on my ride back into the office, in my car, when I heard Kelly Clarkson’s new song, “My Life Would Suck Without You!”

Now this isn’t the first time I have heard this catchy tune…you would have to be living under a rock not to have heard it! My apologies to my blog-fans who reside under rocks. But, I mean if you get internet access you could atleast turn it to xmradio.com, right? Okay, I digress…

I immediately thought, “My life will suck without my 20 on 20 playlist from Sirius Radio!”

I understand my days are limited where I can enjoy the “un-cut” versions of songs. I don’t even actually enjoy some of the stuff that is on the airwaves these days… Just the other day, to skew from the subject, just for a moment, Laura and I were skimming the channels and ran across the new season of MTV’s“The Real World” and apparently it is set in Brooklyn… I just felt so detached from that show now… I feel I cannot relate to it anymore… I felt, so, so… so, I’m going there, old. I felt old.

It is inevitable, upon the arrival of our bundle of joy, our song choices, for the car and at home, will be altered to child-friendly melodies. Sweetly sung diddlies that will enhance and put a signature smile of his gleaming face. But, then I thought, while looking in my rearview mirror and gazing upon the Graco snug-ride base, in the backseat, sans baby carrier and baby, that will today’s music really effect him that much? Will I be restricted to “safe” tunes? I know my wife is on my side with this. Can I stomach only the “safe” stuff? Also, another tangent, we were in a children’s store and they music they were playing were popular songs, but sung by a gaggle of children! It was basically making me ill to listen to it. Poor Ryan Cabrera, Tonic and John Mayer have had some of their songs converted into a tune where a chorus of children belt it out as if it is a song they would sing while in music class! I was appauled and threw up in my mouth a little…

I thought, what do I listen to on a day-to-day basis right now? What is frequently played on the airwaves? Lady Gaga, Rhianna, Britney Spears and T-pain… truly… will this genre of music poison my son’s brain and cause him to act differently? Will he be swayed to wear his little diaper down to his knees because that’s how his “homies kick it?” Has there been a study done on the effects that pop and ghetto music have on infants? Surly not! Do I want to be a case-study? No. So, what are our choices…lets see… well, the regular music we listen to now while mixing in the soothing lullabies, a little Radio Disney, here and there, the occasional, various children’s CD (Old McDonald, etc…) and classical music; as to stimulate our son, so he can be the next Wolfgang Amadeus. I know some people who swear by Christian CD’s and the like, but honestly, and let me preface I am not against the Christian music, however, it’s kinda lame. But, that’s just my humble opinion… comment how you will…

I sometimes see my nephews, niece or even children of my friends and the little one's try to dance... they shake their heads and basically get giggy with themselves! It's classic! Will Mauldin have rhythm? Will he bust a move? Only time will tell...

I would certainly like to have a well-rounded child, but I guess I will play whatever, in the car, and he will latch on to something he enjoys, right? So, either he will be wanting to sing-a-long to “How much is that doggy in the window..” or he could hum along to JT’s Summer Love. Whatever the case may be… the music I listen to will be limited… but honestly, without some mainstream music in my car… I may lose my mind!

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

I keep wondering when you're gonna realize - you've already perhaps lost your mind? ;)

Ok - I admit to having several children friendly CDs in my Durango....but I also have lotsa country and we listen to both. Emilie, Rylee and Charis can sing right along with Toby Keith, Taylor Swift and several others.......I'm sure Mauldin will do the same and it'll be too cute for words.

Billie

Captain Dumbass said...

Just wait til you find yourself saying things your parents did.

Terri said...

Mauldin'll have rhythm - his mommy and daddy can dance :-P

And yeah... I must live under a rock because I haven't heard that song (yet).

Anonymous said...

Another rock-dweller here!

I just have six Disney CDs in my player and whenever an inappropriate song comes on the radio, I press play. That way I don't get sick of hearing the same songs over and over.

Melly

iVegasFamily said...

Our kids are exposed to all of the poison. It must me why z-dub uttered the word beeatch the other day. We live in sin city so it's okay, I think.

Laura said...

We have Led Zepplin and Bob Marley lullaby CD's for the little one but I think she actually prefers to listen to Snoop Dogg, Beastie Boys and bluegrass music. Variety is the spice of life! :)

postulatesandpasttimes said...

At home, my kids have to listen to my "Spa Radio" and when they are in the truck with me, it's anything from channels 1, 8, 9 and/or 12, unless I'm in a political mood and then it's "Sirius Right." They seem fairly normal.

But, it's funny watching another young guy go through what I've gone through with the whole, "Dang I'm getting old" thing.

What...only four more days dawg!

Petra a.k.a The Wise (*Young*) Mommy said...

haha, get ready for the Kidz Bop!

postulatesandpasttimes said...

Hey man, I know that right now, the thought of leaving your wife and newborn child may seem preposterous, but there will come a time in the near future when you will NEED a break. When that time comes, and if Laura will "let" you, gimme a call.

We can meet somewhere and hit some balls or something.

Ayyight? Good luck in the next week!

Eric said...

@Billie- Country, not my cup-a tea! No doodle bop songs tho.

@CptDumbass- LOL!

@Terri- iTunes... check it out!

@Melly- Ur from Australia... you have an excuse.. :)

@iVegas- Ur from Vegas... u have an excuse for being sinners lol jk jk

@Laura- Awesome!

@Chris- I am gettin old...

@Petra- I think i may cry.

@Chris- thanks for the offer man... maybe someday soon.. I miss golf.