If you know me, you know I LOVE music. I'm kind of like an idiot savant when it comes to lyrics too.
I have passed this down to my kiddos... some intentionally... some not so much. But I have to say, my kiddos are well cultured in everything pop/rock from the 1960s on. I should also mention that one of Faith's favorite songs right now is Yesterday by The Beatles. Yeah, she gets that from me... and I am very proud.
I love that they get music, how it can be used to communicate meaning... feelings.
A couple of years ago, we had a girls day out to the Rock Hall in Cleveland to see the Women who Rock exhibit. They got totally geeked out like I did about the dress that Cyndi Lauper wore in the "Girls Just Want to Have Fun" video, and Joan Jett's leather jacket. I should mention, though, that their fascination with Lady Gaga's meat dress was a little disappointing.
As proud as I am with my girls' knowledge and love of music, I have to admit, it hasn't always been the case, and has created some embarrassing moments for me as a parent. This has happened more with Lucy than with Faith. I think I censored myself more with Faith, since she was the oldest, thus more sheltered of my children. It may also be compounded to Lucy always being in tow with me, with my mp3 player plugged into the mommobile, the minivan I used to have, with my music blasting through the speakers. Such exposure enabled Lucy to do the following things as a young child:
When Lucy was in preschool, she sang, "I want to rock and roll all night, and party every day" during craft time.
Also, it is quite remarkable (perhaps not in a good way) when my young child sang that she doesn't give a damn about her reputation while accompanying me through the grocery store. Yeah... I am THAT mom. Should I blame Joan Jett? No, I think I am going to blame Shrek for that one since it was in the movie. I'm going to ignore the fact that it was on my playlist
One of my most favorite memories about inappropriate song lyrics was Lucy singing along to Johnny Cash's Folsom Prison Blues. Even though I've always taught her to "always be a good girl, don't ever play with guns," my sweet little daughter sang, "I shot a man in Reno, just to watch him die."
Is it appropriate... no. But it sure was funny.
It doesn't stop there, friends. We had an interesting parenting fail with song lyrics this past November.
One of my favorite shows ever is Saturday Night Live, and I have started introducing the girls to some of the funnier, yet cleaner, skits. One of our favorites, of course, is the Will Ferrell/Christoper Walken COWBELL sketch. However, there was one episode with Tom Hanks, that was not at all suitable for my nine year old to watch. I admit, I had fallen asleep while she was snuggling with me, and she was WIDE AWAKE watching the whole thing.
The sketch was Tom Hanks and Andy Samberg, dressed as the "I'm Too Sexy" guys from the 90s. And, they were singing about testicles.
And it became Lucy's favorite song for about a day.
The day before Thanksgiving, we were driving to dinner, and I hear my little angel singing about testicles in the backseat. Greg and I look at each other, and the conversation went something like this:
Me: Lucy, what are you singing about?
Lucy: I'm singing about testicles.
Me: Where did you hear that song.
Lucy: Last night on Saturday Night Live when you fell asleep.
Me: Lucy, do you know what testicles are?
Me: Well, Lu, it's a boy body part. You don't have testicles, so stop singing about them.
So yeah... it's a parenting fail... but at least it's an entertaining parenting fail, right?