Dear Go Noodle - Thank You for Making Me a Hero - E.C.Knox

Dear Go Noodle

Thank you for making me a hero and providing a common language for my children and me…and making me look very cool for already knowing the lyrics to “Love Shack”, “ Bye, Bye, Bye” and “Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.”

Go Noodle is a teaching tool used in my kids’ classes where the students watch child dancers do simple choreography that the kids in class can follow and mimic.

It makes your living room look something similar to this:

Most pertinent, the music they use is from the 90’s and 00’s. Hilarious that part of the GoNoodle approach must be hooking in the parents and teachers who all remember and love the music.

And I love my kid’s reaction to the question, “Daddy? Do you know the song ‘Saved By the Bell’?”

“Of course I do.”

Cue: kid’s mind blown by my utter mastery of the universe.

Luckily, Go Noodle foots the bill for both activity, skill acquisition, AND screen time. My kids think they’re watching TV, but they’re also absorbing some basic rhythm and dance skills that might help, down the line (since my kids think they’re “already such good dancers” they don’t need actual lessons. Whatever.)

Plus – hits of the 80’s and 90’s helping make me look like a god among parents (you, too, can play this game. If you remember 20% of the lyrics to “Two Princes”.)

But I gotta say, I still need my kids to expand their musical consumption beyond these basic mixes. Even when we listen to Pandora there’s the basic recycling of the same thirty songs. What are we missing out on when we allow data to pre-select our music rather than trusting musical curation by DJ’s whose jobs it used to be to discover new music and share it with the world?

We especially need the tireless work of independent and college stations exposing us to the underground scene so we’re not just pawns of the data-driven musical scene of 2019.

I don’t know how to solve this, that’s for sure. I’ve never been well-versed or interested in seeking out new music. I totally rely on the taste and guidance of my friends (and pop culture. I’m basic.)

But just like the mélange of basic foods and the globalization of world cultures and the blending of real news/fake news/opinion/blogging, it’s so hard to find independent and ground-breaking music (especially when you’re trying to raised kids not to be assholes, put some words on paper, and participate in the PTA.)

I need your help, y’all – help me steer my kids away from GoNoodle and Pandora and help me discover some ground-breaking stuff.

(Thank you for making me a hero…in advance.)

I’ve put together my own lists of music for basic consumption and expansion so I don’t have to hear Justin Beiber and Taylor Swift on incessant repeat. Gotta culture my kiddos (and here’s my “this has got to end!” missive making me turn my back on current pop and toward 1970’s classic American hits.) But I know these playlists are the most obvious of starting places.

Here’s hoping Spotify shuffling takes my kids (and me) on a journey far beyond the predictable tropes of GoNoodle.

(Although I do loooooooove you, GoNoodle. Okay – and you, Tay-Tay. But one repeat is enough. Ad nauseum repeat is torture.)