Weird Confession: When I was a music teacher, I didn't listen to music in my car.
Odd, right? I spent my days encouraging students to expand their musical horizons, make music part of their daily life, and share what they loved. Then, at the end of a long day, I'd get in my car, plug in my iPod, and listen to...
...anything but music. I was a big fan of podcasts. I was (and still am) a huge fan of Lost, and I'd spend my forty-five minute commute listening to grown-ups talk about the physics of time travel and the symbolism of the literature and all the details, and I'd let the sound of adult conversation wash over me. It was interesting, it was relaxing, and it made me feel like such a fraud. If the music teacher doesn't listen to music, how can she encourage anyone else to?
Of course, now that I'm not saturated in folk and classical and children's music all day, I do love listening to music in the car. But most of the time, I'm not alone. My kids are with me, and that means I need to make sure that what we listen to is something we all love.
My girls swept through the Raffi stage pretty quickly, and once Madison got her first taste of Kidz Bop, she was hooked. The girl loves to dance, and she can car dance with the best of them. We just got the chance to try their newest release, and both girls love it.
But sometimes I'm tired of Kidz Bop, I'm not feeling the radio with all the commercials and moments of inappropriateness, and I just want something different. Something they'll like, something I'll like, and something different we can all enjoy. I went scouting recently and made a new playlist of artists, albums and songs we all really get into. Check it out here!