Saturday, March 1, 2014

We Played A Bunch Of Classic Rock Albums For Our 1-Year Old Son, And Here Are His Reactions

Rock music is powerful stuff, and that's true for adults and for kids.  We found this out recently when Pink Floyd came on the radio ad our 1-year old's face lit up. He began clapping and smiling, which was kind of weird because it was a song from The Wall, the one where the British schoolteacher is screaming at his students to eat their meat, and that's not what you'd call easy listening.

Afterwards, we decided to introduce our son to a bunch of different classic rock albums, to see if he'd have a similar reaction. Here are the photographic results from our unscientific (but very fun) study. 

Bruce Springsteen - Born To Run

Seamus is clearly picturing himself speeding down the highway in a classic American automobile, with wind flowing through those future locks, which should be coming in any day now...

Pink Floyd - Dark Side Of The Moon

Whoa, mom and dad. Mind. Blown. 
He immediately asked if we had a copy of The Wizard of Oz. I don't know who told him about that.

Rolling Stones - Exile On Main Street

Now we're rocking!

The Jimi Hendrix Experience - Are You Experienced?

Holy $%#$ that dude can play the guitar.

The Beatles - Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band


Led Zeppelin - Led Zeppelin 4

At this point, ready to rage all night long.

The Beach Boys - Pet Sounds

We had to mellow it out a little bit.

Nine Inch Nails - The Downward Spiral

Just some pleasant dinner music to accompany that avocado...*

*This is a joke. We did not really play Nine Inch Nails for our son. That would be f-ed up. 

Phil Collins - No Jacket Required

Not a fan.

Nirvana - Nevermind

He's sad there weren't more albums.

Billy Idol - Rebel Yell

This pic speaks for itself.

Paul Simon - Graceland

Much dancing ensued.

Elton John - Goodbye Yellow Brick Road

He's drooling over the richness of the double album format.

AC/DC - Back In Black 

So intense, couldn't even.

Fleetwood Mac - Rumours

He sensed the sexual tension between band members, agreed it probably helped with the album's creative process.

Velvet Underground And Nico

After this album, Seamus began to wonder whether he was cooler than most other babies his age and then decided, no, his parents are just a little too influenced by Portlandia.

Willie Nelson - Red Haired Stranger

He liked the album so much he demanded that we dress him up as the man himself.

We also played some current pop music for him, just to mix things up.

Miley Cyrus - Can't Be Tamed