If someone told my 20-year-old self that ten years later I’d be (willingly) driving around listening to Alvin & the Chipmunks and singing “The Wheels on the Bus” and other children’s classics– I would have told them they were crazy. I’ve always said that I would instill a love of great music in my kids, and by great music, I was referring to The Beatles, Mozart, Michael Jackson– and I feel like up until this point, I’ve done so. My daughter has been listening to lullaby renditions of the Beatles every night since the night she was born- and the first song she ever sang was “She Loves You” by the Beatles. But in addition to those classics, the toddler tunes have crept into our rotation, first slowly and now with full force.
It started with the Wiggles. Not the show— because at that time, we weren’t allowing Harper to watch TV. But the music. The first song to work it’s way in was “Big Red Car”. Even I thought it was catchy, and found myself singing it even while she wasn’t with me. Then came “Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes”, and “Hot Potato”. And there we remained for a while, until she became verbal. Then, she started asking for the songs that she was singing at daycare. “Twinkle Twinkle”, “Itsy Bitsy Spider”, “The Wheels on the Bus”, “Row Row Row Your Boat”, etc. I sang them for her. And yet, it was never enough. At the end of every song I heard “AGAIN?!?!” (which is so sweet, and something I’ve always imagined as a Mom), but it ended up leading me to purchase a compilation of children’s songs to play in the car, because we had a big car trip planned for the holidays, and I wanted to have a voice left before we arrived for our family visit.
And then there was the Christmas music. I grew up with the Alvin & the Chipmunks Christmas record. In fact, I already owned that CD before I had a baby, so I had no problem playing it for her– the first 10 times. But then she wanted to hear it every day, even after Christmas had passed. And she loves Alvin and the Chipmunks so much, that I’ve now bought her a compilation of Alvin & the Chipmunks that includes everyday songs (some of them are covers of Beatles songs, so that counts for something right?)
So it seems I’ve completely given in to the fact that our car rides will be full of children’s music, (with some classics peppered in for good measure of course). I’ve realized that these songs are a part of childhood, and obviously something she really enjoys (and seeing her happy makes me SUPER happy). So now I’m taking recommendations– what are your children’s (and your) favorite traveling tunes?
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