"Check out my melody" ~ Rakim
No, I'm not talking about the Sanrio character. Although she was one of my favorites when I was a wee thing. I like that she had a brother named Rhythm. I just now learned that. We didn't have these interwebs when I was coming up to find out such pertinent info. Digressing as I do. . .
I've been feeling a little blah when it comes to music lately. I typically like to have a good mix CD on when I'm driving, but I've been relying on the radio too often. And, ugh, so disappointing. If I hear "California Girls" one more time, I might move out of the state that I so dearly love. Don't even get me started on "Toot it and Boot it." I want to expose Q to the kind of music I really enjoy. We already know he's feeling Stevie Wonder, so he's got some soulfulness in him. I'm thinking I might need to introduce Q to one of my all-time favorite groups -- A Tribe Called Quest.
Yes, I'm a mom who thinks it's okay for her kid to listen to hip-hop. As long as the song is not laced with profanities and has a positive feel, then I don't see any harm in it. A while back I was reading an article online about how great music is for little ones, and some moms posted comments about the kind of music they played for their babies. Of course they listed classical tunes as their top choice, maybe some folky rock, a bit of reggae. Sweet, happy, mellow music. They were like, of course no hip-hop or hard rock. But I don't see nothin' wrong . . . with a little bump and grind. Sorry, I couldn't resist. I definitely see something wrong with perverted R. Kelly and that's not what Q will be listening to. But he will get a healthy does of Tribe and De La Soul. Why shouldn't he hear the music that brought his parents together?
My musical leanings have expanded in the last few years. I really love a little bit of everything and I'd like Q to taste pieces of all kinds of music until he finds his ultimate "num num." But hip-hop has been such a big part of my life that I can't imagine him not hearing it. It's not like we're going to be blasting Wu-Tang before bedtime. Only during breakfast. (Sheesh, I'm really dating myself with the '90s hip-hop references.)
And, as for something new that I'd be eager to dance around the family room with Q to, the new Big Boi is sure to make an impression. (Don't mind the disturbing screen shot -- I probably won't show him the video just yet.)
To the moms out there, what kind of music do you play for your little ones? Am I crazy for playing hip-hop for Q? Will it rot his brain? To the not-yet-moms, what kind of music are you excited to share with your kids someday?