The geek family are heading off tomorrow for a weekend away, staying with my father. We’ve got an approximately 4 hour drive to get to him, which neither the geekdaddy nor I are looking forward to. Long journeys with kids are fairly stressful, and one of the major stresses in our family is the music selection.
When the geekdaughter was little, I made a fatal mistake. I played her nursery rhymes. And she enjoyed them. So I played them more. In the kitchen, in the lounge, and especially in the car. So we’ve got ourselves into a position where she expects to be able to control the music in the car. Which is fine when it’s just 5 minutes to nursery, but a bit more serious when it’s a 4 hour drive. I don’t think the geekdaddy or I could remain sane with 4 hours of nursery rhymes!
Thankfully as she’s got older, her music taste has expanded. Mostly as she’s come across new theatre shows or films with music. We spent a long time listening to the Room on the Broom soundtrack, and I’ve still not quite forgiven my mother for taking her to a pantomime that featured “The Way to Amarillo” last Christmas! More recently the Tangled and Enchanted soundtracks have featured heavily (which I have no problem at all with – I’ve always been a big fan of Alan Menken’s work), and thankfully we’ve just successfully introduced her to Shrek which is bringing some more mainstream music into her collection. I listen to a lot of film soundtracks anyway, so when it’s just her and me in the car we have a large selection of things to listen to that we both enjoy. She is sometimes willing to listen to some of my music, and I was delighted when Kerry Ellis and Brian May became a hit – here’s a clip of her dancing to them:
However, when we have the geekdaddy in the car as well, things get a little more, er, interesting. The geekdaddy has always been quite strongly of the opinion that he doesn’t want to bother with kids music, and the our kids will listen to his music. Whilst he and I have quite a good overlap in terms of musical tastes, he tends more towards the “heavier” or even “metal” end of the scale, which so far the geekdaughter has mostly failed to embrace (although her rendition of The Automatic’s “What’s that coming over the hill, is it a monster” is rather cute, it must be said!).
So I’m looking for some help here. Can anyone recommend any good kids films, suitable for a 3-almost-4 year old that have a slightly more rocky soundtrack? And failing that, at what age can I get her her own headphones?!