The (mis) adventures of our (sort of) young family

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Jordan Meets Pink Floyd. Emerges Unscathed.

If you’re a parent, you know that there is a lot of really bad children’s music out there. If you’re not a parent, just try to watch 5 minutes of an episode of Barney and you’ll get what I mean. What parents will tell you is that bad music has a terrible “multiplier effect” because kids listen to music over and over and over again inserting the lyrics deeply into your brain without your knowledge or permission.

Who among you have been caught at work or in some sensitive situation singing absentmindedly….

I love you. You love me.
We’re a happy family.
With a great big hug and a kiss from me to you,
Won’t you say you love me too.

Don’t lie! You know you parents have all done it at some point.

A bad piece of kids’ music will–and I’m not making this up–melt your brain.

Here’s a secret that no one will tell you about kids’ music. Kids don’t require their music to be crappy in order for it to be enjoyable to them. So we look for music that we can all enjoy as a family and that can begin to give Jordan some idea about the cultural importance of good music. We’ve learned that even the most simple and “juvenile” music can still be really great.

One series that we have found to be generally good is Rockabye Baby! which adapts rock music to children’s lullabies. We’re currently listening to¬†Rockabye Baby!¬†Lullaby Renditions of Pink Floyd.

Jordan has loved it,..and so have we.

Here’s an excerpt of “Speak to Me/Breathe” from the Rockabye Baby CD.

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For those of you who don’t remember what the original of this song sounds like…

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Now I know that it might seem a little weird that my kid is now listening to music as a lullaby that was previously used back in the day as the mood creation for some fun but illicit activities. (I know you haven’t forgotten what you used to do to this song.)

But I think that we can all agree that Dark Side of the Moon is one of the greatest albums that has ever been made and to be able to introduce it to Jordan in this way has been great for us.

The Pink Floyd lullaby renditions are rich without being complex. They manage to capture the spirit of the original music without being depressing or too dark (as many of us may recall from our more adult encounters with Pink Floyd).

The Rockabye Baby! series is very big and includes music from Bob Marley, The Cure, The Eagles, Green Day, Radiohead, Coldplay, and The Beatles with future releases of Stevie Wonder, Prince and David Bowie.

They’re not all great and in some cases maybe a bit superfluous. Cheryl makes a great point that you don’t really need a lullaby version of The Beatles. But I think that they are a great way to introduce your kids to the music that really represents the true bedrock of our musical culture without having to suffer dancing purple dinosaurs.

We have also purchased a Rockabye Baby! Lullaby Renditions of Radiohead recently and will do a review of that when we get a chance.

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Signage: Is Florida the Capital of Freaky Signs?

During our road trips, we frequently see signs that cause us to stop, pull out our camera and take a picture. I figured since I’m up at 3 in the morning–and Jordan won’t let me go back to sleep–I’d start pulling some of them out for you to see.

Florida seems to be a hot spot. We travel a lot through Florida since much of our family has migrated there. Over time I’ve begun to wonder if Florida is the freaky sign capital of the world.

Here’s a collection of signs that we both found during our trips to and from Florida, many of them in a single town–Lake City, Florida.

Daniel Crapps Real Estate
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Yes. Somewhere in Lake City, Florida the United States, there is a guy named Daniel Crapps. I am not making this up. Not only does Daniel Crapps refuse to change his last name (I guess he thinks that Crapps is good enough) but he also has decided to put it on a billboard large enough and bright enough that it can probably be seen from just about anywhere in Lake City. If you live in Lake City and you don’t know Daniel Crapps, you don’t know sh$%.

This guy probably has a business card too. God, I’d love to have one of them.

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Remembering Jordan’s Kung Fu Hands

Had this video of Jordan’s hands doing kung fu without him a few weeks ago. He’s definitely made progress. It’s amazing how much he’s changed in just a few weeks.

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We’re still waiting for official detente.We’ve been told that it won’t come for months.