John Mayer for Babies

In light of recent conversations that John Mayer has had, you wouldn’t think he’s baby friendly. Well, in general, that’s true. I don’t think I’d let my kids (if I had any) listen to some of his songs, though I wouldn’t mind others. But the fact is, I don’t have to like the guy to like his music. And no matter how he is in his fairly public personal life, he is an awesome musician. So, I find myself working with babies and listening to Mayer.

I don’t worry about it being age appropriate yet, seeing as Will can’t talk, much less understand the lyrics to Who Says or other songs off Mayer’s most recently released album. But Will does enjoy the music. You don’t know how funny babies are until you see one start smiling and dancing to John Mayer. It’s hilarious.

Yesterday, we listened to Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers and some Elton John. I’m all for Baby Mozart, Baby Beethoven and the rest, but every now and then, I need to change it up. Besides, just having music playing instead of a DVD with music is teaching Will to quit looking at the tv everytime a guitar or piano comes over the speakers.

When I was little, I remember listening to Sandy Patty, Michael W. Smith, Amy Grant, Psalty the Singing Psalm Book, and Adventures in Odyssey when I was in the car with my mom. But when I rode with my dad, it was the Eagles, James Taylor, Van Morrison, CCR, and the like. I loved them. I knew the lyrics to almost all of the songs you’ll find on Hell Freezes Over, as well as Brown Eyed Girl, How Sweet It Is, Gone to Carolina in My Mind, Lookin’ Out My Back Door,Who’ll Stop the Rain, Down on the Corner, Have You Ever Seen the Rain, and more by the time I was five.

So I’ll just imagine myself as someone who is expanding the musical horizons of these babies. Even if they are only 8 months old.


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