Thank Goodness for my Children
If it weren't for my kids, I'd know nothing of new music.
Wait, that's not true. My musical director Facebook messaged me the other day to let me know about Andrew Lloyd Webber's new Phantom musical (!). (And he burned me a copy! SQUEE!) And, really, I know all about every song that Glee has played thus far. So, let me rephrase: if it weren't for my kids, I'd know nothing of new popular music. Ahem.
My older son really loves music. He used to jam out to an 80's CD for awhile. Then he went through a phase where he asked for all the music to every Disney/etc movie. Now he listens to the radio. This makes me uncomfortable with songs like "Gives Me Hell" but, and this is funny, he sings the song as, "Hope it gives you help, hope it gives you help." I mean, that's good stuff.
He is the reason my husband and I discovered Kings of Leon. He knows the words to songs that I think are good but don't actually know the band names/members. He runs out of his room on occasion and says, "MOMMY! I HEARD A NEW SONG!" It's quite cute, if I do say so myself.
And so, my question: how do you discover new music? Other than your children? Do you utilize sites like last.fm and Pandora? Do you subscribe to satellite radio? Do your children influence your musical choices more than the soundtrack to Yo Gabba Gabba or Toy Story, both of which are shockingly tolerable? Tell me what recent bands you have found yourself tapping your toe to!