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Wednesday, February 09, 2005

It's a constant dance party around here!

Here's Beanie's favorite tunes for rockin' out:

By Devo: "Jocko Homo", "Jonee Come Back", "Love Without Anger", "Satisfaction", "Worried Man", "We're Through Being Cool", "Whip It", "Girl U Want". If you ask Bean who the worried man is, he'll say, "Daddy!" "Whip It" is about whipping cream, naturally, and "Satisfaction" is about how you can't get something you really, really want. Beanie thinks Devo wants chocolate. Okay....

By Weird Al Yankovic (pronounced "Weird Owl Ankovic"): "Dare to be Stupid", "George of the Jungle", and any of his compilation polkas.

By Jim Croce (pronounced "Jim Croaky"): "Bad, Bad Leroy Brown" (we had to explain to Bean why junkyard dogs are mean), "Don't Mess Around with Jim", and "Working at the Carwash Blues". Heaven forbid I try to put on "Operator" or "I Have to Say I Love You in a Song". Too slow. Bean says, "This is not the good song that I like!"

By the Muppets (yes, we do listen to SOME kid's music -- but most kid's stuff isn't thrilling to us or Bean): "Lydia the tattooed Lady", "Mr. Bassman", "Manah Manah".

By the Ramones: "Sheena is a Punk Rocker", "Teenage Lobotomy", "Blitzkreig Bop" (Bean sings, "Hey Ho, let's go, shoot him in the back now" and I invariably cringe. But he loves it so!), "Rockaway Beach", "Cretin Hop", "Judy is a Punk", "Beat on the Brat" (Yikes! But he thinks it's "Beat on the Rat" -- is that better?).

Bubbie likes to tease us about the discrepancy between how carefully we screen what Bean sees on TV versus how carefully we DON'T screen the music we let him listen to. Oh, well. As long as there's not too much cussin', I think most kinds of music are great for him. He sure loves to dance, and it's his main way to get exercise.

Favorite lullabies: "Yellow Bird", "Blue Bird, Singing a Song" (he likes me to change the bird's colors mid-song); "Night and Day", "Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye" by Cole Porter; "Summertime", "I Loves You, Porgie", "Bess, You is My Woman, Now", "But Not for Me" by Gershwin.

MOST favorite lullaby, sung over and over, slower and quieter all the time: "Lydia the Tattooed Lady". I love the song, but I have to admit, it's starting to make me CRAZY! Don't know the lyrics? Here they are:

A little off-color, no? But we learned it from Kermit!


  • At 12:33 PM, Blogger Vilda Chaya said…

    You forgot to mention that in "Worried man" everything is all "screwed up" (as opposed to "f***ed up")as far as Beanie knows, because that makes ALL the difference :)

    Some additions:
    The Red Flag- Billy Bragg
    The Internationale- Billy Bragg
    B-52's- Rock Lobster
    Jungle Boogie (Pronounced: "Jungle Buggie")-Kool & the Gang
    Word-up- Cameo
    Mammal- They Might Be Giants

    And to add to your lullaby list...When I sing to him at night I sometimes sing the regular songs, but for some reason my lousy singing voice seems to sound just a little better when I sing in Hebrew. So, my lullabies are often that when it is just me and Bean. Sometimes I sing him Hatikva (Israeli national anthem) sometimes it is prayers, other times it little songs I learned at camp or school. I don't always get the words right, and even when I do, well -- I wouldn't necessarily want him to know what I am saying. But it helps him fall asleep.

  • At 3:17 PM, Blogger Rob said…

    Hey - it makes all the difference on the PLAYGROUND, don't you think?

  • At 8:23 PM, Anonymous D'nah Freespirit said…

    I love the way that Beanie identifies the Devo videos: "NO! The white one that has a little bit of fighting but is still Devo."

  • At 7:56 AM, Anonymous Mom said…

    Great Shark info! I'm reading your blog ev day.


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