Thursday, October 28, 2010

Back to the day job

The last two weeks have been half term, so my waking hours have been consumed by being Son 2's carer. It is something of a mental leap from being merely a parent to a carer but Son 2 is now 16, he should be trying to sneak out to the pub rather than watching CBeebies all day and when I look at the independence of his brother, I can make that transition. I can accept that it is a day job, if a very poorly paid one.

This holiday has been about broadening Son 2's musical tastes. He loves music, he actually spends all day plugged into an mp3 player in a most age appropriate manner, although for a long time his musical choices were not so age appropriate. Then a few months ago he stole an mp3 player from me. Yes, it's a pink mp3 player. Get over it. On it were some of my favourite tracks of all time, the soundtrack to my life. Son 2 loves it. But again, the music is not exactly what your typical 16 year old listens to. I'm out of date, I don't know what to offer him.

So this, dear readers, is where you come in.

Son 2 likes ballads and more up tempo tracks with a definite tune and perhaps a little bit of drama. As he is nonverbal the music is more important than the lyrics and he likes classical music and chillout tracks. I have found him listening recently to Amy Winehouse, Duffy and Adele but he also really likes Take That (Patience), Coldplay (Viva la Vida) and the Motown and soul of the Sixties and Seventies, while yesterday he was listening to Lady GaGa's Bad Romance over again on YouTube. I realise that his musical tastes are currently somewhat limited by our own and I want to download more contemporary tracks for him.

Any good suggestions?


Sapphire said...

Hi! Make him hear OWL CITY - they are a much better band than Lady Gaga's music :D

Queenie said...

Try young John McCusker, fabulous folky fiddle-player. Excellent instrumental chill-out vibe.

Jenny Beattie said...

Sorry Cathy but I reckon my musical tastes are in the same decade as yours!

Paul said...

Gordon Lightfoot is known for his ballads. Also, the late Harry Chapin could write/sing some long, involved songs.

Cathy said...

Thanks for the suggestions, I'll investigate them all.

Ms Mac said...

What about some Paolo Nutini? His New Shoes, Jenny Don't Be Hasty (love the drama in that one), Loving You (kind of soulful, a bit Gladys Knight, I feel) from These Streets. Then there's Coming Up Easy, 10/10, Candy (excellent- dramatic guitars), Pencil Full of Lead, No Other Way (for the soul sound again), High Hopes, Worried Man is another dramatic sounding one all from Paolo Nutini's Sunny Side Up.

Yes, I'm a Paolo fan. ;-)

The Killers: All These Things That I've Done, Mr Brightside, When You Were Young, Jenny Was a Friend of Mine, Joy Ride

Coldplay's Shiver is brilliant and my favourite Coldplay track.

Maybe some of these?

Cathy said...

Paolo Nutini, now that's a good idea. I have his debut album so will try out some tracks on Son 2 Thank you!