After Dinner Dancing

There is a ritual that has developed in our house. During dinner clean-up the girls want to have a dance party. This probably developed due to that fact that my husband and I both tend to turn on loud music while cleaning. So while the plates are being cleared someone ends up in charge of playing DJ on Rhapsody with everyone calling out requests. Daddy is a classic rock guy... preferring music from before we were born, Bug bounces between screechy guitars and folksy guitars, Fairy loves pop... something with a beat (please don't start humming Bad Romance... I can't get that song out of head once it starts) and Pixie will take anything even classical (Swan Lake is good for ballet practice of course). These photos were taken while a play list of The Shins and Iron and Wine was playing (although her favorites include what my husband has dubbed the "ugg play-list" The Bangles, Cindi Lauper, Go-Gos, etc). Just as I am always amazed by these little people developing their tastes in books, movies and games... their foray into music is equally exciting to witness. Bug and Fairy's recent heated discussion on the merits of Soul Asylum versus Aerosmith, in choosing a cd for a car ride, was entertaining to say the least. I think Mommy won that one with a little Bare Naked Ladies ;).

But the dance parties start with Pixie shoving the ottoman out of her way. She will then dance her little heart. Often Fairy and I will join in... sometimes even Bug or Daddy but Pixie is perfectly happy with her solo opts too. She spins and twirls watching her reflection in the tv... which we have determined does not infringe on our "nothing with a screen" time rules. Ohhh... the pure joy and freedom of a dancing 4 year old! What do your little ones like to rock out to?

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Your pictures are so sweet!

Your pictures are so sweet! We do this in our home, too! We call it "After-Dinner Disco" and it happens nearly every night while we are doing the washing up. All four of us dance our hearts out and our younger son (at 4) is the most dedicated. If we stop boogying for a moment, he'll shout, "Mama, dance! Dance, Mama dance!" For us it's everything from Beethoven to Michael Franti. Asher particularly loves Shakira. It's so fun to see how exuberantly my children encounter new music. This is one of my favorite family rituals.

When the children were young,

When the children were young, I exposed them to all kinds of music. They knew Glenn Miller songs from Nana and Papa's generation. They knew all the Beatles songs, plus discovered the talents of other artist from my generation like James Taylor, John Denver, Crosby, Stills Nash and Young and Alice Cooper, to name a few. Then their was the contemporary music and we listen to Bon Jovi and Aerosmith and "the girls" like Debbie Gibson, Tiffany and Belinda Carlyle. I remember sitting around with a group of 4th graders listening to the album "Cloud Nine"... a come back album for George Harrison. Michelle's friends loved "I've Got My Mind Set On You". When I pulled out some old Beatles' albums, I could not convince them that THERE George Harrison was the same as MY George Harrison :)

But the children also embraced classical music and show tunes. So much beauty in all music! (Okay... hate to admit it, but I'm not a fan of opera music, so they had little exposure to that!) My children grew up on show tunes, and to this day my boys enjoy a good musical. (You're welcome to their significant others :)  I remember I did pull the album "Best Little Whore House in Texas" off the shelf when 4 year old Drew started singing in the grocery store at the top of his lungs... "It's just an itty bitty pissin' country place, nothin' much to see". Yikes! Who knew he was paying that much attention :)

Kimara
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Music

That last picture is so funny! The boys love to listen to music. You are right that it is fascinating to watch them developing tastes. They got an Ipod for xmas with one of those Ihome alarm clocks. I think it was the best present of the holidays. We don't use the headphones, so it's really only for group listening. They have a "sleepy time" playlist and they can listen to music when they are falling asleep, and a "wake up" playlist that goes off with their alarm for school. J's favorite song to listen to that is currently on the Ipod is Devil Went Down to Georgia. He actually listens to the whole 10 minute thing! Everything on the Ipod is our music, so they have been listening to a lot of Dave Mathews, BNL, Mighty Mighty Bosstones and Pearl Jam! Our favorite music to listen to in the kitchen is actually "kid" music - Putomayo's World Playground. That has fabulous music on it!

Please tell me Devil Went

Please tell me Devil Went Down to Georgia isn't his wake up call! I think I would be wired if I woke up to that each day, although it is great cleaning music... must dust faster :)

Kimara
Wee Folk Art Publisher
 

No, I don't think that song

No, I don't think that song is on the 'wake-up' playlist! He does love those fiddles though. It has been requested to add music to the Ipod this weekend. They want some new choices.

Since he loves Devil Went

Since he loves Devil Went Down to Georgia, make sure to add Alabama's "Mountain Music". One of my personal favorites :)

Kimara
Wee Folk Art Publisher