What is that noise?!?
Do your parents constantly ask you to turn down your music? Well, as much as I hate to admit it, I’ve finally reached the age where my children’s music not only hurts my ears, but I question if it’s actually music.
Having two teenagers and two toddlers, the music in my household ranges from “Baby Shark, do do do, do do do do do,” to Panic at the Disco, and everything in between! I find myself constantly telling my teenagers to “turn it down, it’s way too loud,” “How in the world is that music?” and “Why are there so many versions of Baby Shark?!?” I never imagined I would turn into my parents, who constantly complained about my musical choices, as if blaring New Kids on the Block would be anything to complain about! I mean, come on, now that was music!
Recently, my 16-year-old daughter challenged me to listen to one of her favorite songs by Araki. Although I had never heard of Araki before, I realized that the same love and passion I felt for my New Kids back when I was 16 was the same love and passion she is experiencing now. This passion is what compels our toddlers to sing and dance when “Baby Shark” plays for the millionth time in a day! Although I may not completely understand or relate to their musical choices, I do understand their passion. So, instead of fighting with a small army of adorable dictators my husband and I created, we’ve decided to embrace the noise…um, I mean music. At least, we can all agree on the awesomeness of The Beatles and Jim Croce!
So, to our middle and high school students, I give you this challenge:
The next time your parents complain about your music, ask them to listen to your favorite song…really listen and read the lyrics. Then you can also listen and read the lyrics to their favorite song growing up. If you approach this challenge with an open mind and an open heart, you just might discover a love for the golden oldies and a deeper connection with your parents!