If you’re a parent, you may already be familiar with the special kind of pain that is traditional children’s music. Although it’s improved in recent years, there is often still a tendency towards cloyingness. Plus, even if you’re not a parent, you may be acquainted with the fact that kids will insist on listening to their favorite songs OVER AND OVER AND OVER AGAIN until you kind of maybe want to ship the little darlings off to another continent for a little while. Or maybe that’s just me?
But, when it comes to entertainment for kids, there’s also the additional challenge for skeptic parents wanting to groom their young ones into properly nerdy people interested in numbers and words and science and all that. I’m always looking for anything I can give my daughter that encourages her curiosity for learning in a cool and interesting way. Music is no exception. And if I can find worthwhile children’s music that I can stand, or even enjoy, listening to, well, that’s a pretty awesome thing.
Fortunately, They Might Be Giants have some to my rescue. They’ve produced some great, geeky music for kids lately, and they just announced that September will bring their newest children’s album, which fits into the whole skeptic mindset even more perfectly than the last few did: Here Comes Science. For your perusal, the song list:
- Science Is Real
- Meet the Elements
- I Am a Paleontologist w/Danny Weinkauf
- The Bloodmobile
- Electric Car w/Robin Goldwasser
- My Brother the Ape
- What Is a Shooting Star?
- How Many Planets?
- Why Does the Sun Shine?
- Why Does the Sun Really Shine?
- Roy G. Biv
- Put It to the Test
- Speed and Velocity w/Marty Beller
- Computer Assisted Design
- Solid Liquid Gas
- Here Comes Science
- The Ballad of Davy Crockett (in Outer Space)
And don’t worry – TMBG has enough talent, enthusiasm and cred that even you childfree adults can enjoy this stuff. As a teaser, check out one of the more sciencey-type songs from their last album, Triops Has Three Eyes: