When Toddler Boy was very small, I was having problems getting him to sleep at night and a friend suggested putting some music on. This has worked miracles, however I’m beginning to wonder if I am actually subconsciously brain-washing my little boy. You see, the problem is that you don’t want to play the same stuff every night, as then, I’m convinced you would be brain-washing. At the same time, you need calm, classic, easy listening stuff. Our record collection is full of Indie and Prog- Rock music. We don’t have much suitable to choose from. Thus, so far he has listened in his cot to:
- Cat Stevens Greatest Hits- the all time favourite for him, he even nods along to this in the car (I have spawned a hippy child) and I think I can hear him singing to this as I type
- Music From In the Night Garden
- Gina Ford’s Nursery Rhymes and Lullaby’s
- The Beach Boys Greatest Hits
- Some random prog-rock/ Pink Floyd which I’m not sure of without going up to his bedroom
The thing is, I reckon I should be broadening his musical experiences as I don’t want him to be the un-coolest boy in the class, favouring Dad musak. So, any suggestions would be most welcome. Please note, I am not putting him forward for a social experiment on the effects of easy listening music on brain development, for all I know it could actually constitute the equivalent of toddler water torture. And he might force me to listen to Nana Mouskouri or something similar when I’m too elderly or infirm to do anything about it.