Monday, April 18, 2005

music for the inner child

There's a little kid inside me who isn't trying to get out yet, but give it about four months and there'll (hopefully) be no stopping it. Apparently now is the time to be playing music to the baby and finding out what makes it dance around in the womb.

So far I've played it Prince, Madonna, Bach and various acid jazz collections. As far as I can tell, these don't compel the baby to get down. What else have I got - Nick Cave's Murder Ballads (perhaps not a good idea right now), Chris Isaak and the entire soundtrack of Carmen. If they don't doing anything, then I may have to resort to the boy's collection of Metallica.

13 comments:

Frally said...

The album that was in high rotation when I was pregnant with DD was System Of A Down's Toxicity (Dh loves that band). After she was born, she would fall asleep in front of the speakers every time we put it on. We got ourselves a rock baby.

Make Tea Not War said...

One of my co-workers baby responded well to the Shortland street theme tune...

Nigel Patel said...

My first musical memories are of old time country, Merle Hagard, Buck Owens, and seventies easy listening, Ann Murray, Gordon LIghtfoot and some non-Canadians too.
Were I to reproduce, I would go for Bob Mould, Kristen Hersh, and the Indigo Girls, and cross my fingers.

Violet said...

Well, that's certainly an eclectic range of possible music choices...I don't want to find that the baby will only fall asleep to, say, the Sex Pistols - because then I'd have to play it often. Country music puts me to sleep, which is good, but makes the boy insanely unhappy - so that's out. I haven't tried the Buffy soundtrack yet though...

Ms Mac said...

Oh, Chris Isaak. Maybe if I'd played Chris Isaak to the boys in the womb they wouldn't insist on playing Tenacious D all day, every day!

Jon said...

I love the soundtrack to Carmen! I listen to it before dentist appointments since it gives me courage ^_^

onanymous said...

When my niece was very small she always started crying when she heard a flute playing. A bit of a problem considering the fact that my sister is a professional flutist. :)

ClaudBLOG said...

Cute. Just try to stay away from the boy bands!

Violet said...

Mrs Mac: there's probably nothing you can do to influence your kids' music taste. My mum played Chinese opera heaps when I was a kid, and I haven't exactly developed a taste for it myself.

Jon: I think Carmen is musically the most accessbile opera around, and it makes a nice change that the main female character gets to break hearts and not the other way around - too bad about the fact she gets killed.

Onanymous:hmmm...did your sister treat her cruelly, thereby creating a negative link between the flute and the pain???

Claudblog: I don't have to try, believe me!

witch-hunter said...

Or try singing childish nursery rhymes - D. Finikin

Violet said...

witch-hunter: interesting handle! I think I'll try the Buffy soundtrack first. May as well get it used to hearing the theme tune so it won't mind us watching the DVDs in the evenings

Rainypete said...

My parents opted for an eclectic mix of Harry Chapin, KISS, Frank Zappa and The Rolling Stones. I think I turned out all right. (shutupshutupshutupshutup) sorry about that. Those blasted voices again!

Our daughter has developed a serious affinity for all things Beethoven, which is fine by me but drives the wife barmy.

Violet said...

rainypete: Which brings up the question: If the baby moves around more when you play a certain song, does that mean you shouldn't play it because it'll only keep Bub up, or does it mean you should play it more because it'll help Bub sleep?