Not everyone loves the same types of music and that’s okay.
But for children and young teens, they have to find out in their own unique way how to fall in love with music. Lately, I’ve been fascinated by the Fun featuring Janelle Monae song “We Are Young.” It was smartly promoted in the Chevy commercial and soon became viral after an episode of Glee, which bring me to my next point.
One of my favorite ways as a kid to find and listen to new music as a kid was to watch those Time Life CD commercials and listen to two second clips of oldies from back in the day. Some of my favorite shows have really great music to support the themes and situations of what’s happening. And unless you have the patience to listen to a monotonous sales pitch, you can find some great songs on television by tuning in.
It’s all about having a good time!
Other shows that I watch regularly have creative ways of featuring music. Unfortunately, those commercials which were once one minute have become thirty minute infomercials. Regardless what you think of the show in terms of writing or character development, the music has been consistently intriguing.
Before you diss a show like Glee, it is actually helping the music industry by putting unique twists on current top 40 fare for older adults as well as introducing young tweens and teens to older artists. Another show that I love, The Wonder Years also features great music from my parents’ generation. For instance, Psych, a show that I have constantly featured in my hubs is also very good at introducing music through their Psych Outs or bloopers. While some were good and some were bad, they all made an imprint on me. It may be the music of their generation, music of generations past or some combination of all types of music. And really great shows know how to cater to the iTunes savvy generation that is all about playlists and shuffles.
I especially like to watch commercials with creative concepts like during the Super Bowl and try to Google the song that I am interested in. So if you hunt long enough you will find music that moves you.
Music is Fun
No matter how you decide to introduce kids to different types of music, you should always remember that music is personal and universal. And while some shows focus on booking the latest indie acts, others highlight what’s popular. Some of my favorite covers featured have been “Jump” (Van Halen) and “Marry You” (Bruno Mars).