Teaching Bad Kids Good Music

Okay… sorry. They aren’t bad kids, per say. They just do bad things sometimes. And if I’m being honest the bad things they do really aren’t bad. They’re more out of curiosity or wanting to try to help. Like when Crash watered the flowers this evening, except he drug the hose across the flowers he was watering. Luckily no flowers were harmed in their watering.

So anyway… on to the good music. We can all agree music has changed over the years. There have been plenty of “The Evolution of Music” videos made demonstrating this. When I say “good music” I obviously mean what is good to me. It may not be good to you. That’s the joy of music. What my kids call “good music” is nonsense to me. They’re into electronic music produced primarily for video games for mobile devices. Not to bash electronic music, there is certainly some good stuff out there. But to me good music is The Doors, The Who, Bon Jovi, Queen, Billy Joel.

Our home assistant Alexa can play all of them. Of course, she can play the boys’ video game songs, too. And the song that has only one word repeated over and over and the word is “nom”. I dare you to listen to “nom nom nom“. Let me know how long you listen. The winner gets a prize. The loser gets an ear ache.

They are already familiar with AC/DC. Thunderstruck, You Shook Me All Night Long, Back in Black. Listen to the Money Talk. Tonight they were introduced to Behind Blue Eyes, Light My Fire, and Bohemian Rhapsody. Naturally, while listening to Freddie Rhapsody it Crash states, “this doesn’t sound like rock and roll.”

“Just you wait, buddy.”

I see a little silhouetto of a man
Scaramouch, scaramouch will you do the fandango
Thunderbolt and lightning very very frightening me
Gallileo, Gallileo,
Gallileo, Gallileo,
Gallileo Figaro – magnifico

Then he was impressed.

Then we listened to “Fat Bottomed Girls”. I don’t need to tell you they loved that one even more.

What “good music” do you use to impress your kids?



16 thoughts on “Teaching Bad Kids Good Music

  1. I’ll be darned if my little guys don’t have a background in all things Tom Petty, Green Day, Pearl Jam, Mellencamp, and Dave Matthews 🎢 If I have to listen to their nom nom noms, they have to listen to my faves too!


    • Totally agreed. My next music post will be their intro to the 90’s. You’ve listed some greats! Once they hear it enough they will start looking for more of it. Or, at least, that’s the theory. Rock on!

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  2. I used to play all sorts of music in the car and made my kids listen to them πŸ˜‚ they grew up listening to Prince, Carpenters, Queen, Elvis and everything in between.


    • Great list! What I think is good music is actually the music my parents grew up listening to πŸ™‚ Coming soon to our house will be music lessons from the 80’s and 90’s.


  3. Oh, I’m a lover of all music. Can’t identify the language much less know the words, don’t care! Most of music is the feeling, not the words. My partner is not adventurous as me, so I mostly surf sound waves on my own time!
    I lost interest in playing guitar a while ago, but my best bud made me agree to keep mine to teach my kids. Maybe it’s just a prerequisite of life to know those 4 stanzas of Smoke on the Water?


    • It’s good to explore new music. You don’t need to know the words to feel the music. And yes. Everyone with a guitar should know the chords for Smoke On the Water. Thanks for stopping by!


  4. So, instead of being smart and clicking your link, I opened up YouTube and search for Nom Nom Nom. I opened it up and at first thought “WTF is this s***?” and then thought surely that couldn’t be what you were talking about. I come back to the post and click the link and it’s the same. I lasted five seconds.

    I’m not known for my taste in music, but I will say that Freddy Mercury just blows me away. He’s gotta be the best male singer I’ve ever heard, hands down. I saw that they’re doing a movie about him, too.

    Recently I helped LM put some music on the old iPhone I gave him and impressed him by including Blink 182, Bon Jovi, Avril Lavinge (who I was surprised he liked), and Aerosmith. He also has Queen and Weezer, but he already liked them.


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