Guest Post: Kim Reiner: Music and Kids

Thanks to Kim from Oh My! Omaha for her guest blog about music and kids today.


Here’s a real scene from a morning drive: My daughter has been crying some sort of undecipherable demand for a few blocks. It takes me a few moments to register she’s putting in a song request.

“Downtown song.” (More like “DOWNTOWN SONG!” in angry, spitting toddler-ese)

My 2-year-old is putting in a request for Petula Clark.

Once I cue it on Spotify, the crying stops. And there she sits, calmly in her carseat, hands behind her head, mouthing “Downtown” along with Petula on her way to daycare.


And “Downtown” isn’t reserved for morning drives. Oh no. Her big brother also requests it when we drive to Omaha’s downtown, too. I’m totally destroying my husband’s music street cred here, but there we are, all four of us belting out

“So go downtown
“Things will be great when you’re downtown
“No finer place for sure, downtown
“Everything’s waiting for you”

After the latest drive blasting Petula, my husband voices the thought running through my head. “Never thought this would be part of my life.”

My husband tries to introduce our kids to a great variety of music – from the kid genre heavy-hitter Dan Zanes, some Zydeco, some indie up-and-comers, as well as those dear to his heart, Pixies, Radiohead, maybe some Paul Simon. My preschooler has been known to jump around to Nirvana and request to watch the “robot” video (that’d be Beastie Boys’ “Intergalatic.”)

But, I’m kinda in nerd heaven after a little Petula. The oldies were my thing.

I grew up on KGOR. I was trotted out in front of my parents’ friends to sing passionate renditions of Elvis or Janis Joplin. At 12, I jokingly said I was a Wayniac (before Lil’ Wayne, there was Wayne Newton, SMH). I can still remember the lyrics to most songs by the Neils (Sedaka and Diamond).

What music does your kids love … and what music do you wish they loved?

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3 comments for “Guest Post: Kim Reiner: Music and Kids

  1. Dina
    February 17, 2014 at 3:48 pm

    I’m always amazed at what songs kids fall in love with. My little man’s favorite at one point was Lady Gaga’s “Edge of Glory.” Uh, okay kid.

    • Jen
      February 17, 2014 at 8:22 pm

      My daughter loves everything Gaga, Taylor Swift, or Katy Perry. She’s a pop diva. 🙂

  2. February 17, 2014 at 11:05 pm

    My daughter loves Michael Jackson!
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