I received a free download for this review. All opinions remain my own.
Of all the promises I made about what I would and would not do as a parent, I am, at least 18-months in, still steadfast about avoiding irritating, syrupy, high-pitched children’s music. (Raffy and Fred Penner don’t count: they’re awesome.)
The only place we hear such drivel is at our indoor playground at the rec centre, where the same nauseating CD plays over, and over and over.
At our house, I expose Cub to quality tunes: Destiny’s Child, *N Sync, No Doubt, Britney Spears, Missy Elliot… okay, I confess, I expose him to what I listened to in my golden years of music listening… the late 90’s. (Don’t believe me? Check out Cub Dance Party on Grooveshark!) But such dance-pop classics aren’t suitable for winding down to go to bed.
When he was tiny, I bought instrumental lullaby versions of U2’s hits and some soothing piano to play as I rocked him to sleep. At 18 months, we’d gotten out of the habit of playing music at bedtime…. until now!
I’m going to confess: I’m the Eighties Baby, not Cub. I lie with my son until he falls asleep (sometimes we get to hear the whole album twice!), and Jammy Jams Eighties Babies signals to him that it’s time to wind down, and to me that’s it’s time to get nostalgic. The 80s lullaby renditions trade synthesizers for gentle vibraphone, marimba, xylophone and piano. They’re completely unobtrusive, not obnoxious, and the sort of music that, when heard every night, will not drive you bonkers.
Listening to Eighties Babies, I’m doing karaoke in my head as I hearken back to my childhood listening to soft rock hits on Kiss FM… and then I’m realizing that the 80s were THIRTY FRICKIN’ YEARS AGO, which seems insane… except then I realize I AM THIRTY. Then, I think that my son will think of the 80s the way I think of the…. *gasp* FIFTIES!
So sure, Jammy Jams Eighties Babies will relax your little one into a deep slumber, but it may send you back in time… I emerge from Cub’s bedroom, bleary eyed and thinking about The Breakfast Club.