Inadvertently I've raised four children who love all types of music. My oldest daughter jams to R&B, hip hop, classical, rock, Motown and everything in between. She often bursts out singing songs I've never heard and if I say something she'll look at me and say, "What? You started it."
She's right. When she was little I always played the radio and cassette tapes (yes tapes!). I mostly sang old Motown hits and she easily memorized them. It's funny how her brain clicks for music... she can often memorize a song the first time she hears it.
My three youngest children are also taking to music. They enjoy gospel, rock, hip hop, rap, R&B and Reggae. Today when I was in the car with the younger girls a song came on that I'd never heard - Fireflies by Owl City. When we arrived at Amareah's school, I left the car running so I could hear the rest of the song, turned around and saw Amareah bopping her head.
"You like that song?"
She nodded, not wanting to miss a word.
When it was over I said, "That was called Fireflies."
"Yea," she said, having heard it herself. I, on the other hand, had read it on the radio read out.
After taking Amareah to her classroom and getting back in the van, I heard two other songs that I really enjoyed: Party in the USA by Miley Cyrus and Come on Get Higher by Matt Nathanson. Never heard of him. So, I decided to search for these folks on YouTube and share them with you here.
Before we get to that though, I wanted to reveal something I've learned about myself. "Back in the day" you probably wouldn't catch me exploring other radio stations. I only wanted to listen to a certain type of music - hip hop, R&B, Reggae and jazz. Now my tastes have matured and expanded. I even surprise myself with some of the songs that I like. I guess it goes a little beyond the beat now... It's about the words as well.
Here's to all the music lovers out there:
I was surprised at how much I like Miley's song... She's really growing up.
What do you think? Did you enjoy these songs? Heard them before?