I did something I never thought about having to do as a dad. I downloaded music solely because my kids like it.
My musical tastes a varied, and often terrible. If I could only listen to Stevie Wonder, Scott Joplin, Billy Joel and U2 for he rest of my life, I’d be happy. I’d also probably not complain if I could only listen to movie scores and musical soundtracks. But you won’t find me change the channel if “Break my Stride” or a modern pop song comes on.
I doubt I’ll ever be the dad who complains about what my kid listens to because I figure I’ve forced them to listen to far too much Sly and the Family Stone, Foreigner, and Bernstein. My poor kids know the soundtrack to “Man of La Mancha” and the entire “Innocent Man” album by heart by now. But I also remember rolling my eyes so hard when one of my siblings espoused a fondness for Justin Bieber’s music that I pulled two muscles.
But Michael is really into “Thunder” by Imagine Dragons. So I bought it on iTunes. Then Minnie asked for Taylor Swift. I suggested “Shake It Off,” but she went for “Bad.”
The musical selection in the house is no longer under my control.
That’s probably a good thing.