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Death by a Thousand Kid Songs

True Confessions of a Stay-at-Home Dad


April 2014

It's naptime. Scratch that, it's supposed to be naptime. Instead of sleeping my two-year-old daughter is working on her own version of "What Does the Fox Say?" As she's up there reciting the chorus over and over and over again I'm reminded of all the bad music my children have listened to over the years.

Of course I take no blame for this. The only musical influence I'm responsible for is my son's love for Queen. He loves to walk around the house singing "We Will Rock You" and "Another One "'Busta Dusta.'" No, the blame for this falls squarely on the shoulders of my wife. Currently, the two favorite songs in our house are "What Does the Fox Say?" and "Gangnam Style."

Then, of course, with YouTube not only do you have to listen to the original version, but there are plenty of other horrible versions out there as well. For example, what's worse than "Gangnam Style"? How about the Chipmunks singing "Gangnam Style"? The SpongeBob version isn't much better. Have you ever seen videos of peoples' Halloween decorations set to the beat of "What Does the Fox Say"? I have probably 25 times. Once was enough.

The blame for the latest musical obsession around our home goes to Disney. Ever since seeing Frozen my two-year-old is obsessed with the song "Let It Go." Anytime we turn on music she demands we change it to "'Ready Go'" as she says it. I noticed the YouTube video has over 100 million hits. Unbelievable. Doubtful it's been seen by over 100 million people, more likely it's a million households like mine that have watched it 100 times each.

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