Saw a commercial for the latest Kidz Bop album on television the other day. These things are appalling because they’re kid-sung versions of popular songs, as if the originals were not bad enough. A few thoughts came to mind:
- We are indoctrinating our children into listening primarily to pop music, which is well known for its simplicity and vapidness.
- We are indoctrinating our children into listening to this music via the voices of other children, suggesting to them (and ourselves) that they will only be capable of understanding people in their own age group. The long term yield for parents is compromised by this mindset, by the way.
- The long term yield for record companies, though, is fantastic.
- People are comfortable with the idea of children listening to Lady Gaga. The songs included on the latest release are not too bad, but they previously had “Bad Romance” on an album. I think this is not responsible parenting.
- A Kidz Bop version of Justin Beiber’s “Baby” is redundant.