So my new car has XM radio for a 90 day free trial. It’s a great way to sucker everyone into learning how they can’t live without it and then paying the $12.95 per month to be able to listen to all sorts of things that aren’t available on your radio but may be available elsewhere with a little effort.
I get it. We no longer have an ’80s station in Chicago, something I truly lament. And I can listen to whatever baseball game I choose. And they have the Big Ten network, which I’ll definitely be listening to as football season arrives (NU’s first game is August 30!). But really, NU football is on WGN, and I can listen to my iPod for the 80s if I want to (another new cool feature about my new cool car).
But the kids stuff is really the winner. We’re a big singing family. We sing all the time, and unfortunately, it’s moved from me singing to the infants (I sang the ABCs often enough that I can now sing it forwards OR backwards without thinking about it) to them singing all the time. If anyone knows how to get “Night and Day” (a Thomas song) out of my head, please let me know.
For Mister Man’s second birthday, I created a music CD as the party favor — all the songs that are kid appropriate that I can stand listening to. It ranges from the Hawaiian version of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” (otherwise known as “Mommy’s favorite song”) to “Yes, We Have No Bananas” to “The Teddybear Picnic” to “My Hair Had a Party Last Night.” But I’ve listened to it 5,235,624,632 times.
XM Radio has Disney kids (channel 115), which admittedly is aimed at kids a bit older than the wee ones. It also has XM Kids (channel 116), which has some really fun songs. We’ve been listening to that a lot, and it’s added a bit of variety to the musical montage in my head. I also recently discovered the Old Time Radio station (channel 164).
This station plays radio programs from wayyyy back in the day. Most are from the 1940’s and are mysteries or westerns and lots of fun to listen to. They tend to be fairly kid appropriate, and they enjoy listening to them.
Then we had yesterday. We were listening to Baby Snooks. Apparently Baby Snooks is not a full half hour program, as they needed to fill in the last few minutes with a song. They chose “Never Trust a Woman” by Phil Harris. Given that the wee ones were singing “Night and Day” again, I thought nothing of it.
When the song ended, Mister Man announced that it was his new favorite song. Tied with “Night and Day.” Oops. (You have to listen via the link to understand why this is such an oops.) Then he started singing “You can never trust a woman” a few times. And tossed in “You can never trust a monkey” to top it off.
I heaved a small sigh of relief at that. It could have been worse. The lyrics are actually “Never trust a woman; she’ll just make a monkey out of you.” While I tried to convince Mister Man that other songs were his favorite, he was not to be deterred. Thinking that maybe changing the topic would help him forget his new love, I steered him onto other topics.
However, in the midst of dinner, he announced to Daddy that his new favorite song was “You Can Never Trust a Woman” which garnered raised eyebrows from Daddy. And he proceeded to sing the two lines that he “remembered.” Yeah, more raised eyebrows.
Daddy’s concern is that he’ll do this in public and people will think that his daddy is really trying to mess him up by teaching him such things. And the lightbulb went on. That’s exactly what happened. Daddy taught him that horrible song. Yep, it was him. Mommy had nothing to do with it. Phew!