So last night I was playing with Beauty and I started singing to her. As it happened, the song that came to mind was “Looking for a Good Time” by Lady Antebellum:
How ’bout baby we make a promise
Not promise anything more than one night
Only get worse in the morning light
I’m just looking for a good time
It’s actually a great song, musically speaking, and a lot of fun to sing. But it’s not exactly the best message to be teaching our little girl.
It’s being kinda tricky for me. Which songs are okay, and which ones are not? When does musical artistry outweigh an unsavory message? Should we let her hear songs that glorify rebellion? sex? dangerous behavior? dating? And should I really be worrying about this when she’s only six months old?
One option is to stick to Christian songs entirely, of course, but that seems closed-minded and unnecessary. That rules out the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, U2, etc etc etc. Not to mention all my Broadway soundtracks. I probably do need to invest in some good new believing music, though.
I grew up on various Christian sing-along tapes for kids. Mostly groups of children singing Bible verses set to little tunes. Over and over and over. I have a love-hate relationship with those: the thought of actually listening to them now makes me cringe, but I can’t deny that 90% of the verses I have memorized now are from those songs. Well, maybe not 90%, but quite a few of them. So maybe I’ll play them for her and get earphones for myself.
What do you think? What music would you play for your children?