Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Repost: What songs do your children associate with you?

I've contributed to the Orlando Sentinel's Moms at Work blog since 2010. The blog is changing content management systems and my old posts will no longer be available to the public, so I'm reposting them here, in the order that they were originally posted.

March 6, 2013

One recent day when I picked up my daughter from school, she decided, once again, to make her displeasure known at the music I was streaming in the car.

"Mommy, I don't like this song," she complained. "Mommy, stop it."

I couldn't believe it. The kid, who has questionable taste in music herself, was being judgmental about my music. The nerve of her!

That said, although my husband and I did listen more closely to lyrics once our little one came along, I'm generally pretty comfortable with the music she hears around the house and in our cars. There's nothing terribly embarrassing, although I do sometimes wonder what she's learning from us about music -- especially since parents, obviously, can shape their kids' musical tastes.

When I was a kid, my dad often played The Temptations' "I Wish It Would Rain," a song I associate with him to this day. Likewise, the first strains of Z.Z. Hill's "Down Home Blues" always bring a vision of my mom snapping her fingers and dancing to my mind's eye. Quite a few of my favorite songs have similar sounds.

My daughter is likely always to associate downbeat electronica songs with her father and songs in genres including opera and hip-hop with me. I'm OK with that.

Do certain songs or musical genres remind you of your parents? What music do you think your children associate with you?

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