My dad asked me to get a CD of nursery rhymes for Samantha so that we could listen to it in the car while traveling (yes, we still drive a car that does not have an mp3 player) so I went off to find one..CD shops are going the way of the dodo, almost like bookshops, by the way. Do people even buy music CDs anymore nowadays?
I popped into Popular bookshop (at United Square) and went to the CD section and I found a grand total of 10 CDs with ‘nursery rhymes’. 4 were religious so I was essentially left with 6 to choose from.
Now how do you choose the right CD to buy? Look at the song list of course..I took a look and was horrified –
Among my many rants –
- Track 1- spelling mistake, should be ‘eensy weensy’
- Track 22 – Is ‘supercalifragilisticexpialidocious’ a nursery rhyme?
- Track 4 – ‘By the Silvery Moon’? Do you mean ‘By the Light of the Silvery Moon?’ That’s also not a nursery rhyme..
- Track 21 – ‘Do the Bartman’??
- Track 22 – ‘Ninja Rap’??
- Track 23 – ‘Batdance’??
I gave up on this CD at this point and picked up another..and another..and was disappointed that none of the CDs were really appropriate.
I don’t proclaim to be a nursery rhymes expert, but some of these tracks were clearly not nursery rhymes..(I cringed when I saw ‘ghostbusters’ as a song) Sure, there’s no such thing as the ‘perfect’ CD you may say, there are always bad tracks in every CD. But babies are not so discerning with absorbing information so I don’t really want to be contaminating Samantha’s mind (if I can help it).
So I thought, since we listen to Youtube all the time, why not look there for the nursery rhymes? I did a quick search for some common nursery rhymes and song, like ‘twinkle twinkle little star’, ‘hickory dickory dock’, and found that most of the pieces out there have all be modified in some way or other – rap, heavy beats, new tunes, strange accents – they don’t make nursery rhymes in the way I used to hear them when I was young anymore!
Is this to be treated as a normal sign of changing times?