We've been on the road a lot this past month, short trips here and there, and we're getting ready for the big trip of the summer, a too-many-miles-to-count-right-now trip where we'll end up by the ocean for a week. Our last trip sped along in part because of the musical influence of the internet. Scrivener, seeing the sorry state of affairs on Politica's lastFM profile (the Wiggles were number one for the week after Curious Girl had gotten to have her preferences playing while we were in the car), wrote to suggest a) leaving the iPod playing all night to reset the profile to better tunes and b)getting The Bottle Let Me Down, which we got on e-music. And I got Ralph's World's Green Gorilla, because Annika likes Ralph's World, and Ralph came to the hospital once to play for Annika; I figured that if Moreena and Annika like the music and Ralph came to play for Anni, the least I could do is buy the CD. We all enjoyed both CDs, and it was great fun to have quality new tunes in the car that came with nice associations with my blogging buddies. I've even been humming a couple of those songs on my own. I also got a copy of Free to Be You and Me. CG's class sang the title song in her spring show, and I correctly figured that she'd like the CD. Little did I know how much she would love the Marlo Thomas/Mel Brooks version of the babies' dialogue that follows. The CD is oddly dated, and I always wonder whether material like this reinforces the stereotypes it's trying to break, but still, it's kind of fun the first 47,000 times through (CG likes to listen to new things over and over and over) And it did remind me of my youthful optimistic feminism, when I believed the ERA would pass and end sexism in the US forever and lead to a woman president while I was in college or grad school. Ah, youth.
We have a They Might Be Giants kids' CD to break out for the next trip, but I'm wondering what the rest of you enjoy listening to. Any other recommendations for us? (Moreena had a nice post about music once, and Robin had one a while back, too).
I also have questions about car games.
I love playing car games. Curious Girl is a little young for them, so at the moment she entertains herself in the car with music (hence the iPod Wiggles prominence noted above), and she also likes to play with a little LeadPad in the car. She likes to play baby/hospital/hair salon/puppy/kitty a lot, orchestrating roles for us, and mostly I go along since if she's happy in the car for hours on end, we're all happy. Politica and I usually play the liscence plate game, and lately we've started playing an alphabet game with CG as long as she'll stay in. We each name a word that starts with a sound, and then Politica or I use them in a sentence, with bonus appreciation for using more words with the right sound (Annabel, alligator, apple. Annabel gave the alligator her apple for an appetizer.). Last night we were listening to Red Grammer's song "One in a Zillion" (whose lyrics go through adjectives A-Z to describe someone) and I thought "hey! that could be a fun car game!" (Yes, I was a Girl Scout leader for many years. I like activities.) Other things we like to do in the car are ranking conversations (name the 3 best swimming holes you've ever been to; name the 3 best meals you've had; top three places you'd like to visit in the US, that sort of thing).
I'm wondering what car games my readers think are fun. Leave a comment so we can all have more fun. Because, you know, we'll be reading it on the internet, so it must be true.