July 18, 2004

It's not abusive

I don't care what you think about this -- it is not abusive to inflict my ecclectic musical tastes on my children. Right? I mean, so, my daughter is the only kid on the block who wants to listen to tracks from Allan Sherman. What's wrong with Sarah Jackman, anyway (lyrics here)? Or "Shake hands with your Uncle Max" (lyrics here)? Here, by the way, are a couple of good sites about Sherman: article about hello, muddah, hello faddah and an encyclopedia entry. This entry is taking me forever to write because I'm reading everything!

Anyone else like this guy? Or are my poor kid and me the only ones?

Posted by Random Penseur at July 18, 2004 03:30 PM

Sherman was great and died way too young.
I still have one of his LPs, An Evening Wasted With Alan Sherman.
Best cut was his version of Cole Porter's Night and Day - - - with Sherman singing all the puntuation, commas, exclamations, etc.
Cheers, Ivan

Posted by: stolypin at July 18, 2004 09:21 PM

Didn't he do all the "My Son, The Folk Singer". ?My Son, The Vampire" records? Or was that Pat Cooper? I get them confused...

Posted by: Tuning Spork at July 18, 2004 09:31 PM

My mom used to inflict her music on me... be it Fat Bottomed Girls from Queen at the highest volume the stereo could handle, Joan Baez, James Taylor... or her own accapella version of Danny Boy (that's why I only know the first two lines)... you know what's really scary? I used to hate it all... now I love it. Weird, huh?

Posted by: Hannah at July 19, 2004 05:37 AM

TS: No, you got it right. "My son the folk singer" was a great album.

Ivan: I always knew you were a man of great taste. I also thought he died too young, but I'm not sure that if he had lived longer he would have created anything more. Impossible to say, I know, but it seemed like the tastes of that time moved away from him.

Hannah: So it's not abusive, then? Good.

Posted by: RP at July 19, 2004 09:40 AM

while on the subject . . . if you can find any old Danny Kaye albums for children I can guarantee your daughter would love them. In particular - his album entitled Mommy, Gimme a Drink of Water.
I wore it out when I was 5 - way back in 19XX or so. Lok it up if you get a chance.

Posted by: stolypin at July 19, 2004 03:45 PM

Every year since I have had a computer I have made a long CD of music for our children to listen to during vacation travel to Cape Cod. After vacation it goes in their CD collection. My son (age 8) knows the lines to half of Allan Shermans songs, the Mill Brothers tunes, and Bill Cosby too. I try to include songs/tracks I think are educational, like Inch worm, One Hippopotami, and Good Advice. They love it.

Posted by: Duane at May 16, 2005 07:53 PM
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