My traveling companion for the trip to New York was my six-year-old daughter Olivia. We bring the iPod Touch along on plane trips because she and Audrey can watch videos on them. (Phineas and Ferb episodes are the hot property these days.) For this trip, and for the one that preceded it in June, I put together a playlist of kid-friendly and Olivia-approved songs for their listening pleasure. Here are ten tunes from that list:
1. America The Beautiful – Ray Charles
2. Bein’ Green – Rowlf the Dog
3. Born At The Right Time – Paul Simon
4. Dancing Queen – ABBA
5. Froggie Went A Courtin’ – Bruce Springsteen
6. If I Had A Hammer – Pete Seeger
7. Istanbul (Not Constantinople) – They Might Be Giants
8. Jenny Jenkins – Lisa Loeb
9. Metro – The Vincent Black Shadow
10. Take A Chance On Me – Lager Rhythms
“Born At The Right Time” is the song that was going through my head the day Olivia was born. “Froggie Went A Courtin'” is an old family favorite that my grandmother used to sing to her grandchildren. “Metro” is the first song Olivia ever expressed an opinion about. “Jenny Jenkins” – the abbreviated Lisa Loeb version of it, anyway – was something we discovered when Olivia was into watching Jack’s Big Music Show.
And then you might notice the two ABBA songs. Olivia (and Audrey) loves ABBA. In particular, they love the movie “Mamma Mia” (thanks to my father-in-law, who has a thing for Meryl Streep, not that there’s anything wrong with that), and so I downloaded a copy of the soundtrack for her. Which in the end was the only thing she listened to. And sang along to, which amused me no end.
So there you have it. What’s on your iPod that’s suitable for a first grader?
Entire song list report: Started with “Join The British Army”, by Larkin. Finished with “Juke Box Music”, by The Kinks, song #2615. That’s 17 songs, which isn’t much but then I only got my hands back on my iPod on Thursday.
Ripping vinyl report: Still on break. Check back next week.