The year is 2003. J is getting a bass speaker installed in his truck. The installer tests it with the disc currently in the CD player. J's CD holder is full of Van Halen, Police, Beatles, etc. But the disc in the player happens to be Boo's. The guy says "Wheels on the Bus" really sounds good with that extra kick of bass.
It’s too bad this didn't happen a few years later, as Boo's favorites now include Fuel, Green Day, Foo Fighters, and Slipknot. Yesterday in the car she asked me “Can you play CD 5, track 3?” Do you know what that is? It’s Nirvana, that’s what. (Yes, she's six years old.)
(Note to self: Download censored version of “American Idiot” to listen to when Boo is in the car. Quickly turning down the volume only piques her curiosity.)
Anyway, she's been nagging me to find my Boomtown Rats CD ever since she heard "I Don't Like Mondays" on the radio (thanks to my backstabbing friend Sirius). Is it appropriate to let my six-year-old listen to a song about a girl who shot up a schoolyard? Even if it doesn’t describe the actual shooting? But does mention death? If I play this song for her, is she going to end up toting a machine gun to school humming “what reason do you need to die… die… oh oh oh tell me why…”
(Note to self: If you’re not sure you want the kid to listen to a song, don’t say “Oh, I have that CD!” when she hears it on the radio. Duh.)
She does still like the Kim Possible theme song. And the sanitized Kidz Bop versions of “Kids in America” and “Complicated” (though she sings “take off all your crappy clothes” instead of “preppy clothes.”) So there’s still hope.
(Note to self: Listen to more Air America in the car. Al Franken is a better mold for little minds than Kurt Cobain.)