Music is a bit of a touchy and passionate subject in our house; never more so than when we take a road trip. Let’s just say our tastes as a family run across a wide spectrum of genres and decibel levels. Mike and I don’t always see eye to eye on what we should be listening.
To give you a glimpse of the ongoing music debate here is a recent conversation Mike (the daddy) and Dek (the almost 3 year old) had while we made dinner one night.
What’s your Favorite band Dek? Is it Muse?
Ummm…nope. I don’t think so.
Is it Katatonia?
Welcome to my home.
We don’t argue over which Yo Gabba Gabba song we should listen to next, or which Disney soundtrack is the best. Not that there is anything wrong with them. I love the old Disney films; the Princess and the Frog soundtrack is regular background music in my life. I just don’t want it to be the only thing I listen to until the kids are in junior high. We try to keep things eclectic around here.
This doesn’t mean we listen to whatever we want. There are a few ground rules when it comes to music for our kids.
- No foul language. This is an obvious rule and one we both agree on.
- No growling at my kid. Mike has some heavy taste in music. He can share his love of music with the kids, but no songs that growl at them. Seems like a fair compromise.
- No boy bands. No teenybopper pop. No auto tune. We want our boys to know good music.
That’s it. Our top 3 rules when it comes to music selection. This doesn’t really narrow down the selection all that much.
Even with our rules in place Mike’s rather angry and melancholy taste conflicts with my need for something with a good beat. I like to sing along too. I don’t want to listen to something that will depress me and have us driving off a cliff an hour into our trip. Yet this music soothes Mike. It puts him in his happy place.
After 12 years together we have found common ground through a few genres and bands that make everyone happy. (Well except Ty. He seems to be a country fan. Don’t ask me where he got that one).
So what are we into? Old school hip hop, punk, grunge, alternative, classical (Mike is a huge classical music fan. Who would have guessed?!), blue grass, folk, some industrial and progressive metal, and many more obscure genres that are hard to categorize. Check out the play list below for a few more specific examples of our ping ponging musical tastes on the road.
Even with a wide rang of music to choose from we still don’t always agree what should be on as we coast down the highway to our next adventure. Sometimes we just have to defer to the driver, although personally, I think I should just get ultimate say.
Tips for keeping a happy car
- Whoever is driving gets first choice so they can stay awake.
- Passengers get veto power.
- Throw a bone to the kids now and then and play something they like.
- When in doubt, audio books can usually make everyone happy, or at least put the kids to sleep.
- Have a MP3 player handy with headphones.
Mike just informed me that the new Katatonia is coming out at the end of the month. Yippee! (Did you hear the sarcasm in that one?)
How do you negotiate the great musical debate?
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written by Keryn Means