Families Who Rock

November 27, 2012

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By Gabrielle. Rad lyrics poster by Amy Rice.

Something fun I wasn’t expecting about having older kids: They keep us updated on new music! Growing up, in sibling order I fell between my brothers Josh and Jared. Both were (and still are) really into music. And they introduced me to pretty much everything I listened to from 6th grade on. But these days, Ben Blair and I get a good chunk of our music recommendations from my older 3 kids, Ralph, Maude & Olive.

Turns out, we love sharing music with the kids! They keep us updated on what’s making the iTunes top selling lists. They introduce us to bands of the moment and songs that have gone viral. (Did anyone else sing that Thanksgiving song while they mashed potatoes?) Ralph has even tried to introduce some dubstep, but so far, I’m not feeling it. 

And in turn, we love introducing them to bands we adored as teenagers. During my 15th year I listened to The Church: Starfish album obsessively. The other day I remembered it and bought the album to listen to with the family. Ben spends time teaching the kids chords and lyrics to family favorites. It’s such a treat to hear them belting out a song we love.

We like that our family is equally at home with Sufjan Stevens and Taylor Swift.

Growing up, I also loved listening to my parents’ music — Simon & Garfunkel, Mamas & The Papas, Beach Boys, The Kingston Trio. Though I don’t remember quite as much back and forth sharing. I don’t remember if they loved the music we listened to. I think we tended to keep it to ourselves.

Tell me, friends, are there bands you like to listen to as a family? Or do you have different musical tastes than your kids? Have your kids ever introduced you to a song/band?

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1 Martha November 27, 2012 at 12:22 pm

Our kids are quite young but it makes me smile when they catch on to songs and decide that they like them. My 3 year old little gal was introduced to Katy Perry by some older cousins one day by way of the music video. She calls her Kathrine. We were walking around Ikea one day and the song came on and instantly she went bright eyed and declared, “It’s Kafrine!” and started looking around as if Katy Perry were in the room. It made my day!


2 Design Mom November 27, 2012 at 1:34 pm

I love that story, Martha! So adorable.


3 Kelly November 27, 2012 at 1:46 pm

Our family is really, really into music. Both my husband & I have our own shared & separate loves, and the kids pick up on that. My 8 year old son loves electronica & dub-step (so does his dad) and my daughter locks herself in her room and wails along to Adele, Taylor Swift & Katy Perry. Somewhere in between, they get a good dose of classic rock & classic country, old school hip hop, Dean Martin…you name it.

Currently, I’m sick of getting “Gangnam Style” stuck in my head, but they love that darn song! :-(


4 Design Mom November 27, 2012 at 4:59 pm

Gangnam Style is addictive!!


5 Mary November 27, 2012 at 1:58 pm

We are a music-loving family too. My kids are still young, so I still have (mostly) total control of the selections. We took them to their first concert this summer – The Newport Folk Festival – and it was a blast! We dance every night after dinner. The Black Keys are still their favorite. Also love First Aid Kit, Spoon, Foster the People… They get exposed to a lot through me, including classical, but the songs with the beats are what really get them going.

That’s a cool contest, and if it didn’t require me coming up with something to write about our family, I’d enter! Too lazy, I’m afraid. ;-)


6 Design Mom November 27, 2012 at 5:01 pm

Oh. You sound like a totally rockin family, Mary! Maybe you’ll get a burst of energy and snap an awesome photo. : )

I would be over the moon if a Design Mom Reader was the winner!


7 Maureen November 27, 2012 at 5:05 pm

We love Pandora for listening as a family. The Paul Simon, Kool & the Gang, Ray Charles, and Frank Sinatra stations are on heavy rotation. But my two year old son’s favorite is consistently Johnny Cash. :)


8 Krista April 18, 2015 at 12:57 pm

We are music lovers as well. We have stair stepped aged kids 15, 14, 13, and nearly 12. My husband’s favorite band is Pearl Jam. The rest of us tolerate that just fine. We all love Jack Johnson, so relaxing, family friendly, and fun to sing along to. (Really, have you ever blasted Banana Pancakes on a Saturday morning while making banana pancakes? You must!) Our kids love a variety – from classical to Christian pop to top 40 type stuff. Last summer we did our second road trip across America (North Carolina to California and back) and the songs that stuck from that trip were Best Day of my Life (American Authors) and On Top of the World (Imagine Dragons). Those two made a perfect soundtrack for our Yellowstone pictures. Right now we all love to belt out Shut Up and Dance (Walk the Moon). In the car I let whoever is riding shotgun DJ for me. I like to see what they will pick.

I was thrilled a few months back when the kids got hooked on the Into the Woods movie soundtrack for about a month. I had been in that production in high school and they were shocked when I knew every word to songs that were new to them. They were singing only pretty quickly.

Our 12 year old plays the guitar and the 15 and 13 year old play the clarinet. We are presented often with little concerts. Our 14 year old son just asked for a DJ set for his birthday so we are always treated to a dance party on weekend nights at home. (The boys call themselves DJ Gnarly and Professor Snacks!) There is nothing like your own family room lit up with flashing colored lights, blaring music and dancing kids in pajamas, sunglasses, and sideways ball caps. ;)


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