Monday, October 02, 2006

Brainwashing

Thanks to the recent high-rotation in our house, of the Woody Guthrie's Songs to Grow On, I cannot get those songs out of my head. Particularly the one that goes "Put your finger in the air, in the air" (or is it "put your finger in yer ear, in yer ear"? When I lie in bed at night, if I don't fall asleep instantly my head becomes haunted by his cute ditties about going 'round and around in a circle, building a house for the baby-o and taking people for a ride in his car-car.

Our Baby Einstein DVDs get quite a bit of usage too - I put one on first thing in the morning to keep The Little Madam out of trouble while I shower, and another one at the end of the day so she'll not try to climb into the bath when I'm filling it with hot water.

But because we've played Baby Neptune so many times now, I can't hear Strauss's The Blue Danube without mentally inserting "Quack quack, quack quack" at appropriate points in the music (it accompanies a bathtub scene featuring syncronised-swimming rubber ducks - it's great).

Just as I was telling a couple of fellow parents I'd just met the other day, having a child sure has opened up a whole new world to me.

5 comments:

Ms Mac said...

I once heard an Aussie singer/songwriter answer after being asaked why it took so long between album, "I've just had children. For the past two years I haven't been able to The Wiggles out of my head, never mind write my own music"

I can't remember who it was but I remember identifying with it!

Nigel Patel said...

That must be nicer than when I used to hear wall to wall hip hop at work played so loud it could be heard over in Ohio. It invaded my sleep to the point where I was kinda glad that 2Pac was dead.
If he's not just pullin' an Elvis.

Rainypete said...

Those things are terrifying in that respect. The degree to which they cling to the brain is alarming. I really hope there aren't subliminal messages stuck in there from Disney!!!

happy and blue 2 said...

Thanks for sharing. And ruining The Blue Danube for me. Quack, quack, quack, quack..

Violet said...

ms mac: Those Wiggles, their songs are insidiously catchy.

nigel: oh that does sound much worse. At least I'm not likely to lose my hearing over kiddies' music.

rainypete: Disney are far more obvious than that - their website is TLM's favourite and she already has a Heffalump toy.

happy and blue 2: it's not unlike hearing that Suzuki motorbike ad incessantly, during the Seventies. Y'know, the one that used Born to Be Wild.