Wednesday, May 03, 2006

How Happy We Am

I have yet another song from one of Caroline's kiddie CD's stuck in my head. She has this CD of animal songs and there is this one that is about mice living in a windmill in "old Amsterdam" and I cannot get it out of my head. It is sooooooooooooooo annoying and it just keeps ringing over and over. For some reason, it always seems to be on that song when I go into her room. It must be an evil coincidence. I try to skip it before it gets stuck in my brain, but that doesn't always work. And not only is it annoying, it has this line that is the worst grammatical English - " happy we am, living in a windmill in old Amsterdam." Okay, I get the need to rhyme with Amsterdam, but I hate when kids songs teach bad grammar. Why not say, " happy I am.."?

Then there's a song later on about how there were no unicorns on Noah's Ark and it keeps saying over and over, "You ain't going to see another unicorn." Okay, first of all, I hate the Noah's Ark story b/c somehow I doubt a man would be able to get all the animals on his boat - what about the insects or all the animals that do not live in the area of the world he was supposedly in? (I guess the polar bears swam around for 40 days.) But I digress.....why put the word 'ain't' in? The word 'aren't' would work just fine! And even if you really like that Noah's Ark story, do you really think Noah - a God fearing man - would tell God "you ain't going to see another unicorn?" No, I would like to think he would have used more formal language when talking to his holy father.

And then in another song (the one Caroline likes best) called Peter Rabbit, it talks about Peter Rabbit getting a cold in his nose and rubbing it with Vick's Vapo Rub. Okay, since when does a kid's song endorse an OTC cold remedy that isn't even recommended to be used on them until they are a little bit older? The song itself isn't so bad, but Vick's Vapo Rub?!!! Next thing you know, there will be a song where Peter Rabbit taking Nyquil - the sneezing-coughing-aching-let me get some rest so I can eat some carrots in Mr. McGregor's garden tomorrow- cold medicine.

Last but not least, there is a rendition of Peter, Paul and Mary's 'Going to the Zoo.' The original is one of my favorites so this is clearly a subpar version. They cut out a lot of the verses and it just doesn't sound as bouncy.

I may need to hide this CD from Caroline and get her into listening to Dora Dance Fiesta again(gasp!). Yes, I was going crazy listening to that, but at least it doesn't make me angry listening to it. Maybe I should get her a new Wiggles CD too - I never mind listening to those guys!

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