- Apr 18, 2014
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- Lower Hudson Valley, New York
Sort of the same thing with my family, with the exception that, as my parents are sort of ex hippies at heart (basically, hippies in all but appearance) you can sub in things like the Kingston Trio for a lot of your list (I think I've known "The M.T.A. Song since I was at least five). Also Tom Paxton.When my kids were smaller we LOVED listening to Sharon, Lois and Bram! So many happy memories of all of us singing together in the car to their energetic songs. Raffi, Fred Penner too. I really made an effort to include lots of musical energy into our day to day life, which was easy as we had so many lessons for so many years and thus lots of time travelling in the car. At a young age my kids were singing Frank Sinatra, Charles Aznavour, John Denver, Elvis, Chuck Berry. Was so much fun!
Now, if I want to really bug them I play Sharon, Lois and Bram or the Smurfs theme song on youtube. Never fails to get them up in arms.
But yes we did have Raffi, even though my mom destroyed one of those cassettes (when the babysitter quit on us while we were on vacation, she decided that the cassette was cursed.)
Even now, bits and pieces remain of it in my mind. Whenever I sing the French Folk song "Save Vous Plantez de Chou?" it is Raffi's version I am using (it's a lot peppier than the "real" melody)
And, back when I read that news story about the people in Norway finding the beluga whale with the camera harness on it, I actually did sing out "Baby Beluga, from the KGB, sent by Putin to spy one me....."
Speaking of parody, my parents also introduced me to Tom Lerher very early one (mostly because for Earth day, one of the schools I went to was trying out some ecologically themed songs. "Pollution" was one of them, and I thought it was the FUNNIEST thing I had ever heard!