Friday, October 13, 2006

Music to my ears

Whenever we get in the car, my kids request that I play their music. Typically, I acquiese, because it makes for much less fighting.

Last year, when I drove carpool one morning, the kids from the other family asked me, "Why do you play this DVD in the car? Mr. WG also plays it all the time, and it's dumb."

"Come on!" I said, shocked. "It's They Might Be Giants! They made this whole DVD for kids, but it's totally cool...." I trailed off as the kids shook their heads.

"We don't get it. What's They Might Be Giants?"

OK, So I get that I'm old. But still. I try. And when S. requests her Schlock Rock for Kids album, I give in. Except that some of the songs just seem a little bit.... odd. For those of you who have never had the pleasure experience of listening to Schlock Rock, it's, um, interesting, in the way that, oh, say, trigonometry is useful. They take familiar tunes and write Jewish lyrics. So, to the tune of "He's got the whole world in his hands," for example, they sing, "We want all the Jews in Israel land." We like to start our brainwashing young.

(For the record, I did not purchase this CD for my kids -- it was a gift. From a kid I don't even like.)

OK, so one of the songs is about Avraham and his wife, Sarah, and it didn't hit me how... inappropriate the lyrics can be until I heard S. singing them in the store and caught the shocked looks of passersby.

My wife Sarah's
My sister, you see
I didn't want them to take her,
And then they would kill me
Seriously, couldn't they just like a little Eminem?


Teej said...

Eminem! Yes! But you might catch more strange looks if sweet little S. starts to sing, say, Drug Ballad while you wait in the checkout line at the grocery store.

"In third grade, all I used to do
Was sniff glue through a tube and play rubix cube
17 years later I'm as rude as Jude
Scheming on the first chick with the hugest boobs"

Not that there's anything wrong with Rubix Cube.

Anonymous said...

and yeah, embarrassing
reader d