Wednesday, June 4, 2008

DJ B's Random Mix Project

I've been a huge music fan (and college radio DJ) forever and that passion is definitely getting passed down to my 2-year-old daughter, who enjoys listening to music, playing instruments, and performing as our resident DJ with her silver and blue boom box. Recently Miss B's been getting a lot more specific about her preferences (like most 2-year-olds she's learned to voice her opinion), requesting albums by name, asking for specific songs like "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star" and issuing commands to change the channel when we're listening to the radio in the car.

So, last week DJ B got her very first library card, which opened up a whole new musical world for her. After getting her new card, she promptly decided to head over to the library's CD collection to pick out some tunes. I was in a hurry and figured I'd just let her choose whatever she wanted from the shelves. Her criteria was what you might expect from a 2-year-old. For her first selection, she pointed and said, "I want the red one." The other two picks were just random grabs that she happened to be able to reach.

When we went to go check them out I realized not only that she'd chosen some random stuff, but also that there was something very refreshing about her curiosity about music. She was simply intrigued by having some new CDs to take home and wasn't initially judgmental about what might be inside.

Now Miss B and I have a project on our hands. This has inspired me to trek to the library every week to find hidden music gems. Of course DJ B will be in control, so the picks will be her random choices (some weeks she may not even be down with the project). We'll also write up reviews of what she thought of the music after she got it home and popped it into her bedroom boom box. Last week we picked up 3 albums and there were some definite winners and losers. Stay tuned for the first batch of reviews by me and DJ B.

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