I have not been cool in ages (if I ever was) or up-to-date on what's hip and hot in music, but browsing through MP3s on Amazon.com just makes me feel like a relic.
Some of the songs I recognized were because I had heard the Chipettes sing them on the Squeakquel soundtrack. Some of the songs I know because N listens to Pandora sometimes and tells me who is singing what....Selena Gomez, for example. How pathetic that my 6-year-old is guiding me through pop culture these days.
I was surprised that I actually knew some Katy Perry songs. I was also surprised at just how sucky Katy Perry songs are. Teenage Dream? Seriously, what grown person would write about or deign to sing such stuff?
My kids throw grand-mal fits if they have to listen to my music, which I admit is fairly moody and weird. Flaming Lips, Black Keys, Jeff Buckley. So I try to buy music that is trendy/catchy/danceable for the kids, but is also something I don't mind listening to.
This evening I bought the clean version of Empire State of Mind, just because I like it. The kids can deal. And then I purchased Taylor Swift's You Belong With Me and Selena Gomez's A Year Without Rain because I can tolerate them, and N will be thrilled and think I am the world's greatest mom for 30 seconds until I do something totally lame.
The hardest part was finding clean stuff. Most of what was out there is explicit. When N was two, I played Hollaback Girl and told her the, "Ship has bananas. B-A-N-A-N-A-S." But she is way too savvy now to fall for that. Listening to Pandora on Sunday I was waiting for her to ask me what a disco stick was, thank you Lady GAGA.
I'm gonna go crank up my gramophone now and do the fox trot.