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Evil Parent tricks

So, babies (I have discovered) learn the music they hear frequently in the car.

I am certain that aiden_freeman will have the lyrics to S.J. Tucker's Sirens down before he is 18 months.

So, to be subversive, I've decided to play fun music with complex lyrics. In order that he hopefully tries to learn them.

This is my short list so far. I'm looking for suggestions:

"It's the End of the World as we Know It" - REM
"We Didn't Start the Fire" - Billy Joel
"The Elements" - Tom Lehrer
"Lobachevsky" - Tom Lehrer
"Modern Major General" - Gilbert and Sullivan

I figure, something from Sondheim... not sure what.


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On the slower end, how bout Everybody's Free (To Wear Sunscreen) by Baz Luhrmann?

Not familiar with this one

I will must to have be look-checking...

Pulls up iTunes.

The Luna and Venus soundtracks :)

when my son was small we used to sing Smoke On the Water

For Sondheim, I'd suggest music from "Into the Woods". After all, it is fairy tales... with a slightly subversive twist. It also has the wonderful line "While her withers wither with her". And remember... children will listen.

I must second this suggestion!
Definitely "Into the Woods"

In addition to some great lines, it has the memorable lesson: "Nice is different than good!" :)

Oh, what could it be from Sondheim if not "Not Getting Married"?!

I'd use "Finishing the Hat" from Sunday in the Park with George.

Preferably nothing from Sweeney Todd or Assassins (unless you want him to grow up with *your* sense of humor).

There's also Barenaked Ladies Baby Seat, among their many patter-songs.

Bob Dylan's Subterranean Homesick Blues.

Oh, how could I forget that!

I even posted about that about a year ago.

"It's the End of the World as we Know It" - REM

I can just see him in about three years throwing a tantrum that starts with the words, "I DECLINE!"

...I sang "Christopher Robin" by Loggins and Messina, adding the re-visiting verse Kenny Loggins added when he actually HAD a child in later years.

Now my children are singing it to their children. My late twenties son plays it on the guitar for himself (and for me).

It's wonderful, amazing, and sweet reminiscence.

Good God Ya'll!
What is it good for?!
Absolutely NOTHING!!"

Okay, you play your kid your music, I pay my kid mine :-)

vixenesque93 suggest wakko's world and yakko's capital song

Re: for my reference

It's actually the other way around. Wakko sang the states and their capitals, Yakko sang the countries of the world. I memorized both in seventh grade, and still can't sing the sates and their capital without the fake Liverpool accent...

Sondheim suggestion: anything from a little night music...heehee.

other suggestion: ANYTHING by the Wild Band of Snee.

Of course I'll gladly take your recommendations

Thanks to Sirens we are p0wn3d by the SWC!

We are greatly looking forward to seeing you and might even have found another venue if you like while you're our West. ;)


(I did LNM... Love the show)

Flanders and Swann! Flanders and Swann! Flanders and Swann!

Rammstein. Angry German music! Ahahahaha!
Seeed for reggae-rap German music! Even weirder :p
The Benedictine Monks - Chant. Old-skool lyrical latin, baby!
Anything by Squonk Opera that's more abstract singing, or pratically all of Adiemus for "learning to sing non-English phoenetically."

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