Music Fest

The boys have discovered iTunes. Only Ben has an iPod (because what 9-year-old doesn’t?) but they both have iTunes accounts on our family computer.

Zack is especially enamored with the whole concept. He knows exactly how many songs he has under “Zack’s Music” — 149 — and he’s always angling for more. Now, most of his songs have come from either my account or Bryna’s but he’s always hearing new songs and begging us to download them (at 99 cents a pop this adds up).

And while they’ve discovered iTunes, they haven’t discovered good taste in music. I came downstairs on Saturday morning to “Sabotage” by the Beastie Boys. Which you can’t listen to at low volume — at least they can’t. I felt like I’d walked into Studio 54. Which is not a good place to be before you’ve had your cup of morning coffee.

Bryna checked the lyrics online before downloading this particular song for them (she shockingly chose the version without explicit lyrics). But it really didn’t matter since you can’t understand a word they’re saying. As Bryna likes to say “I fear their adolescence.”

There’s something about kids and music and autonomy. ITunes fits right into this. It’s their music reflecting their tastes and their preferences and no one else’s. Music becomes an extenstion of a child’s identity. Like snowflakes, no two iTunes accounts are alike. Unlike snowflakes, they can be gratingly loud and obnoxious.


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