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Username Post: Songs for kids age 8 - 11        (Topic#147846)
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Tenacious_Peaches
Aquatic Evolver
04-28-10 02:46 AM - Post#614331    



I'm doing a presentation at a middle school. I was going to incorporate some fun, dance-y music but I've realized I have no idea what rugrats that age listen to. My head is telling me stuff like Miley Cyrus and that child of the corn Justin Bieber, but my heart is telling me there's got to be something else that will hold their attention/entertain them.

Suggestions, Songfactors?
Who ya gonna call?


 
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TheLizard
Wahoo
04-28-10 02:49 AM - Post#614332    


    In response to Tenacious_Peaches

Anything but that. Anything.

But really, maybe some They Might Be Giants? They have kidsy stuff.
Let all the children boogie


 
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Uncle Joe
The Walrus
04-28-10 04:04 AM - Post#614335    


    In response to TheLizard

My 5 yr old and 3 yr old granddaughters like Taylor Swift and Beyonce. They watch the videos, act out the parts and choreography and they know all the words. You should see the 3 yr old do Put A Ring On It.

Then there's..."She wears short skirts, I wear T-Shirts"...I've had enough.

My advice...don't play down to the older kids.
Show me a man with his two feet planted firmly on the ground and I'll show you a man who can't get his pants off.

Originally registered March, 2003.


 
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Lea
Kurious Koi
04-28-10 04:14 AM - Post#614337    


    In response to Uncle Joe

My daughters class (at that age range) loved "Born to be Wild".
Even heroes,need a hero sometimes...


 
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_Laurie_
Badfisher
04-28-10 06:13 AM - Post#614351    


    In response to Lea

Taylor Swift would be a good choice...and isn't that High School Musical popular with the kids now....I have no idea what the young'ns are listening to now...
I remember finding out about you
Every day my mind is all around you




Edited by _Laurie_ on 04-28-10 06:27 AM. Reason for edit: No reason given.
 
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RockyRaccoon
Rockfish
04-28-10 07:36 AM - Post#614357    


    In response to _Laurie_

I would recommend the album "No" by They Might Be Giants. Good music and, specifically made for children.
"Music is a higher revelation than all wisdom and philosophy. It is the electric soil in which the soul lives, thinks and invents."
-Ludwig Van Beethoven


 
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blind-fitter
sea otter
04-28-10 10:06 AM - Post#614361    


    In response to Tenacious_Peaches

My 7 yr old son and 11 yr old daughter love Blitzkrieg Bop.

Other favourites amongst my kids:
"Shortnin' Bread" - The Ready Men
"Istanbul" / "Whistling In The Dark" - They Might Be Giants
"Bohemian Rhapsody" - Queen
"Welcome To The Monkey House" - Animal Magnet
"Ace Of Spades" - Motorhead
"Paparazzi" - Lady Gaga
"I Predict A Riot" - Kaiser Chiefs
"This Town Aint Big Enough For Both of Us" - Sparks
"Remedy" - Little Boots
"Antmusic" - Adam & The Ants
"Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick" - Ian Dury & The Blockheads
"Pretty Vacant" - Sex Pistols
"Spin This Web" - The Adult Net
"Rock Lobster" - B 52s
"Take What You Take" - Lily Allen


Still, not everybody's kids can be as cool as mine.


My grandad gave me some sound advice on his death-bed. "It's worth spending a bit extra for good quality speakers", he told me.


 
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Uncle Joe
The Walrus
04-28-10 01:15 PM - Post#614365    


    In response to blind-fitter

Ten Pea...Middle School? Isn't that 7th and 8th grades? If so remember these two words: raging hormones.

Anyway, don't try to guess what these kids are digging at the moment. Stick to what you know and maybe introduce them to something they may not have heard. You're only going to please a few of them anyway.

They'll love you.
Show me a man with his two feet planted firmly on the ground and I'll show you a man who can't get his pants off.

Originally registered March, 2003.


 
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Lucky
Hot Tuna
04-28-10 01:34 PM - Post#614367    


    In response to Uncle Joe

As much as you may dislike it, I think that Cyrus, Swift, & Bieber are the way to go. I spent some time with 9 year old this past Saturday and found that she's saving all her dough for Bieber cds. She said she has Beiber Fever.
...Naked, singin' on the windmill...


 
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blind-fitter
sea otter
04-28-10 02:53 PM - Post#614370    


    In response to Lucky

Lucky, that's a disappointingly defeatist attitude. How are today's kids going to develop better taste if we don't help them by challenging the mediocrity they currently have foisted upon them? Do we want to be a part of the solution, or a part of the problem?


I agree with Uncle Joe:
  • Uncle Joe Said:
Anyway, don't try to guess what these kids are digging at the moment. Stick to what you know and maybe introduce them to something they may not have heard.

...

...like Blitzkrieg Bop!
My grandad gave me some sound advice on his death-bed. "It's worth spending a bit extra for good quality speakers", he told me.


 
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Uncle Joe
The Walrus
04-28-10 02:58 PM - Post#614372    


    In response to blind-fitter

Yes, aren't middle schoolers aged from 12 to 14? A little too old for kiddie stuff.
Show me a man with his two feet planted firmly on the ground and I'll show you a man who can't get his pants off.

Originally registered March, 2003.


 
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Jenny
Colombian tetra
04-28-10 03:50 PM - Post#614377    


    In response to Uncle Joe

Mine is 6 and likes Blitzkrieg Bop, too . My nephews are 11 and 7 and like Drake Bell (from Drake & Josh) and since they are both taking guitar lessons, they like a lot of classic rock.

When I was in middle school in the early '80s , a lot of kids were into Lynyrd Skynyrd, AC/DC, and the Beatles.
You may be right, I may be crazy
but it just might be a lunatic you're looking for


 
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Shawna
Scribbled Angelfish
04-28-10 04:18 PM - Post#614379    


    In response to Jenny

you might check out the nearest Guitar Hero game. My son's a bit older, but whatever's on those games he knows, whether it's from my generation or his own. I was shocked yesterday when he was rocking out to "Spooky" by ARS and he said it's on his Guitar Hero game.
four riders behind me,
three bullets left,
two hours till sunset,
just one regret...


 
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_Laurie_
Badfisher
04-28-10 04:39 PM - Post#614383    


    In response to Shawna

Peachy, what kind of presentation is it?...will the music be used as a background type of music, or are the kids actually participating to the music as in singing or dancing?


I did a talent show with my daycare class years ago...

the girls did a little skit to "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun"...the boys did a skit to "Grease Lightning" from Grease..

the others sang and danced to..
YMCA
Crocodile Rock
Limbo Rock
Macarena
Locomotion
The Twist

The parents and kids thought it was a lot of fun...
I remember finding out about you
Every day my mind is all around you


 
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blind-fitter
sea otter
04-29-10 09:39 AM - Post#614455    


    In response to Tenacious_Peaches

Ramones it is, then.


There are plenty to go at though, apart from Blitzkrieg Bop; "Do You Wanna Dance?", "Rockaway Beach", "Surfin' Bird", maybe.

Then, when they've worked themselves up to heights of giddiness, "I Wanna Be Sedated". (Or "Somebody Put Something In My Drink" )


I would probably give "Now I Wanna Sniff Some Glue" a miss though.

My grandad gave me some sound advice on his death-bed. "It's worth spending a bit extra for good quality speakers", he told me.


 
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blind-fitter
sea otter
04-29-10 09:41 AM - Post#614456    


    In response to blind-fitter

And if any misbehave, you could always threaten to "Beat On the Brat with a baseball bat". That should capture their attention.
My grandad gave me some sound advice on his death-bed. "It's worth spending a bit extra for good quality speakers", he told me.


 
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chutzpah
dolphin
04-30-10 02:19 AM - Post#614560    


    In response to blind-fitter

  • blind-fitter Said:
And if any misbehave, you could always threaten to "Beat On the Brat with a baseball bat". That should capture their attention.


Wow,I agree with almost all those songs but..."Ace Of Spades" will definately show who the real headbangers are...might as well throw in "Born To Raise Hell"
"the faster we go the rounder we get"




Edited by chutzpah on 04-30-10 02:19 AM. Reason for edit: No reason given.
 
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chutzpah
dolphin
04-30-10 03:35 AM - Post#614565    


    In response to chutzpah

Don't underestimate kids...

"The Continuous Story Of Bungalow Bill" -The Beatles
"All Together Now"-The Beatles
"Everyday People" "Everybody's A Star"-Sly And The Family Stone
Not a total suggestion list but let them hear some of the older stuff...just so nobody ever forgets it
"the faster we go the rounder we get"


 
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Tenacious_Peaches
Aquatic Evolver
04-30-10 11:39 AM - Post#614586    


    In response to chutzpah

I love you, Songfactors. Thanks so much for your suggestions.

I work for a technical college and we are doing a presentation about our school to elementary school kids, not middle school kids as I first thought.

We decided to go another, more interactive route with the presentation, so ix-nay on the usic-may. I did, however, work in a short PowerPoint about our basketball teams with one of the Jock Jams remixes to get them a bit pumped up. The mix has everything from YMCA to Pump up the Jam to Rock n Roll Part 2 to Mickey.

Again, I appreciate all your input. This is the best place on the internet.
Who ya gonna call?


 
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RonJonSurfer
Rainbow Surfperch
04-30-10 01:20 PM - Post#614587    


    In response to chutzpah

  • chutzpah Said:
Don't underestimate kids...

"The Continuous Story Of Bungalow Bill" -The Beatles
"All Together Now"-The Beatles
"Everyday People" "Everybody's A Star"-Sly And The Family Stone
Not a total suggestion list but let them hear some of the older stuff...just so nobody ever forgets it




I have some old video of my 5 year old son (now almost 21) repeating "Hey Bumbalow Bill, what did you kill, Bumbalow Bill". That song was a keeper and I still remind him of "Bumbalow" Bill.
"Catch a wave and you're sittin' on top of the world".


 
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