Schizophrenia on the children’s music front

I'm intransigently hostile to a great deal of modern pop music, because I consider it ugly, crude, vulgar, violent and hypersexualized. (I feel like saying here, "But other than that, Mrs. Lincoln, how did you like the play?) I don't even like Radio Disney because, although it presents the slighter cleaner end of the modern music spectrum, I still think it's indoctrinating my children in that fare. What's ironic in today's music culture is that it turns out that traditional songs, folk songs, are being bowdlerized like crazy to "protect" our children. Patrick, of Paragraph Farmer fame, is at The American Spectator with a charming essay charting the silly changes being wrought in children's music as we try to protect our children from dying geese and Tom Dooley's untimely demise.

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  • Anna

    Can’t they just leave my childhood alone?

  • Heather

    At our local library storytime for toddlers, “The Wheels on the Bus” has been edited. The parents no longer go, “Shh, shh, shh,” when the the baby cries. Instead they go “I love you.” It drives me crazy!

  • CatoRenasci

    It’s all been down hill since ragtime… and the waltz, well, I declare… can’t people dance to a nice proper minuet or gavotte? Songs for children? Mother Goose, isn’t that? What’ll they make of Jack breaking his ‘crown’ or what little boys are made of ? Or, the blackbirds baked up in a pie?