Friday, April 23, 2010

The Beatles can Raise Your Babies.

I've got some great news.

After accidentally introducing the babies to pop music via Nick Jr. and The Laurie Berkner Band, it finally dawned on me that The Beatles can actually raise the babies.

Allow me to expound.  This is not intended to be a "bash The Laurie Berkner Band blog" (ish), so in her band's defense, the song "Five Days Old" is certainly a smash hit single in my household.   But after hearing about The Laurie Berkner Band ad nauseam from friends who have kids, being told it was crack music for babies, and it would be all I'd hear for the first four years of their lives, I dreaded her and her band.

I bought the CD that had the song "Five Days Old" on it anyway.  And I've played it, several hundred times.  And I've grown to tolerate it.  It's like a children's concept album.  There's a theme running throughout, there are song reprises, and in some cases songs flow right into each other.  It's her Pink Floyd "The Wall".  See, I said something nice about it.  So let's move on.



The other day, I plopped the babies into their high chairs and began scrolling the iPod headed toward "B is for Berkner" when suddenly, it dawned on me.  That it just dawned on me is another symptom of sleep deprivation, I'm telling you.  But B is not just for Berkner.  B is for The Beatles! (Cue bright lights and heavenly music).

So I scrolled through all my Beatles albums and landed on Sgt. Pepper's.  I hit play, and Thomas & Kate's lives changed forevermore.  As each song ended, a round of applause erupted from the high chairs.  By the time they were done eating avocados, we were onto Magical Mystery Tour.  The babies marched around the kitchen as the title song began, pumping their arms high into the air.  Where do they learn this stuff?  Who me?  Marching around like a buffoon?  Not possible...

 The song "Hello/Goodbye" allowed them to hone their waving chops, and I could see the light bulb go off in their little heads - "we wave for hello and goodbye the same wayThis is awesome!"  (channeling the voice of DJ Lance Rock of Yo Gabba Gabba, pictured here with Mr. Jack Black).



As the closing song of Magical Mystery Tour finished, the babies clapped and I got choked up.  All the babies ever need to know, John Lennon summed up in one perfect pop song:

"All You Need is Love" (Lennon/McCartney)
There's nothing you can do that can't be done
Nothing you can sing that can't be sung
Nothing you can say but you can learn how to play the game
It's easy

There's nothing you can make that can't be made
No one you can save that can't be saved
Nothing you can do but you can learn how to be you in time
It's easy

All you need is love, all you need is love,
all you need is love, love, love is all you need

There's nothing you can know that isn't known
Nothing you can see that isn't shown
Nowhere you can be that isn't where you're meant to be
It's easy

All you need is love, all you need is love,
all you need is love, love, love is all you need

#Hendo

 

12 comments:

  1. I love The Beatles. And I just listened to that song thinking of my kids and got choked up too. Words to raise your kids by. Thanks for the continued inspiration.
    Stacy

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  2. The Beatles played quite often in my household as a child. And they are still played, of course. Those kids know good music when they hear it.

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  3. How do i steal the kid with the guitar... not kidding.. ok, kidding if you are a cop or something... otherwise.. not so much...

    thank you for finding the beatles... just, thank you... now if you could do something about that fresh beat band on nickelodeon....

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  4. Love, love love The Beatles & Love, love, love your blogs.

    Lisa

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  5. I have a hunch you'd love this Beatles cover too. It makes me smile every time.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SmSl49bTI1A

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  6. Oh, I've seen that alright! I love him!

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  7. omg... gretchen... omg... no words...

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  8. Yes, they can. Because they're that good & can do anything : )

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  9. You marching around the kitchen like a baffoon...mental image is priceless. But the mental image of your younglings jammin' to the Beatles is AWESOME! Great blog!

    But please don't tell me there's some Yo Gabba Gabba goin' on in that house! Party in my tummy??? That show is wacked!!

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  10. You inspired me with this blog. I'm playing The Beatles 1967-1970 on vinyl now. :)

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  11. As a kid of the '60s, I was opening my eyes into music with Beatles' songs on the radio and with spotting news about them, or about what was about to become of them, in the media. I salute and applaud the two little millennials' re-creating that story 40-43 years later, at a fabbo whole new level! :)

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  12. LOVE. Great idea. Now I can turn off the Laurie and on The Beatles.

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