13 April 2013

Accepting the changing musical tastes of my daughter

Just over 18 months ago I blogged about the suitability of my, then, five year old's playlist as she began to get more interested in the music that we were listening to. I had the usual issues to deal with over selecting music that was suitable for her ears as well as being bearable for us. Luckily she still loves The Killers and listens to Brandon Flowers' Flamingo every night in bed - result. However, she is starting to broaden her horizons and is developing her own tastes. Panic.

What I don't want to do is force my musical taste on her in an effort to avoid the things I don't like. I don't want to smother her choices. I know I will have to bite my tongue - and stuff my ears - over future music that will come into our house, much like my own parents probably did. So, when the Disney Shake it up: I heart music CD arrived in the post today for her to check out I was open minded knowing that she was going to love it, and a little bit apprehensive that I would loathe it.

I reluctantly removed my Two Door Cinema Club CD from the car stereo and let her take control of the music for the drive to swimming. I clutched the steering wheel, prepared my ears and waited....

And. I was pleasantly surprised. The voices weren't too Disneyfied and the tracks were actually ok. Edith loved it. I shook my thang. As you do. I was enjoying the moment as I know it will only be a matter of time when that kind of behaviour will embarrass her to pieces - ha, can't wait for that.

Are you intrigued? Here's what to expect...


Some of it reminds me of a watered down Rihanna so it ticks the box of more 'grown up' music for Edith without the dodgy lyrics and innuendo that I don't want to have to deal with quite yet. It definitely makes her want to get up and dance and she already has plans for us to choreograph some moves - I am secretly looking forward to that.

So, I am happy. Edith is happy. She has a CD that gets her off her backside and moving. I don't have to worry about what she might hear. And, I can have some 'girl time' with her and shake a few calories at the same time.

All round result.

I will make sure Mr. Flowers and co. are not forgotten though.

I would love to know what other children listen to. Do your children follow your musical tastes? Do you love or loathe their choices? How much should we police what they listen to?

Do let me know what you think.

x x x
Disclaimer: we were sent the CD for review purposes. All views and opinions are ours and as always are honest.



  1. I love this post! My daughter is only 2 but has clearly been influenced by her parents' music tastes already. She can identify a Duran Duran song within the first few seconds and often requests to watch their concert DVD. My hubby and I are a bit snobby when it comes to music and we cringe at the thought of our daughter's future playlists. We fear being trapped in a Beiber-Swift-Cyrus cycle. However, like you, we don't intend on squelching her personal tastes. But we do pray that we get lucky and somehow avoid the likes of One Direction. I realize this is not likely. I rest assured in the thought that Disney will just be a phase and she'll come around again to the quality tunes her parents were so hip to play.

  2. Thanks to Hubs having Radio One on in the car E declared Flo Rida his favourite last year (which was a bit of a blow). I'm now bringing them up on a combo of slightly EMO girl power (Avril and Taylor), 80s/90s power ballad rock (Aerosmith and Bon Jovi) and old Britpop (Blur and Pulp). It probably counts as child abuse.

  3. I remember Alisha Dixon being in the charts with "The Boy Does Nothing" and my middle son proudly singing "he does nothing the boy does nothing" whenever we had company. Now my eldest loves Queen, my middle likes a bit of reggae and my little one is still at the Twinkle Twinkle stage.


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