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Getting your kids into The Beatles
27 February 2015
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I've not played Revolution 9 to Ted, but not really to protect his ears. He's stuck in the WHY? stage, where everything requires a question, and I don't fancy trying to explain musique concrète and the avant garde to him. Kids are fairly open to different types of music, and I think he'd be fine with Helter Skelter or Tomorrow Never Knows , although his current favourite is Octopus's Garden . Sometimes I wish I hadn't played that one to him (the Ringo/Ben Cort book is another favourite of his).

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I can see the conversation now.

Ted: "Why did they say they are getting naked, dad?"
Joe: "Um, well, Ted, they are going to take a bath. Just like it is time for your bath. Isn't this going to be fun? Are you ready?"

Maybe that would help bath time become a little less of a hassle. a-hard-days-night-ringo-4a-hard-days-night-george-9

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I'm bringing up my little sister as a good Beatlemaniac. She's six, and playing the Beatles records is part of the daily routine.  We used to argue about which record to do until I set up a turn-taking system. She's learning to identify them by sound, and Ringo's her favourite. (Don't Ask Me Why .)a-hard-days-night-john-1 

 

@MadiYasha ,

Your story reminded me of my little sister. The other day I was playing "Here Today" (which if you haven't heard it is Paul's sweet, sad, heartbreaking tribute to John) on my guitar, and I happened to mention something about why and when Paul wrote it, and my sister was quite shocked. She said it gave her a "yucky thought". She said, "What if Da does that-- you know, John stuff?" Of course I didn't tell her that John's death was death by being murdered, so the chances of our dad doing the same is nil. But bother. I knew I should have kept my mouth shut. a-hard-days-night-ringo-6

Of course, now she won't let me play "Here Today" when she's around because it will give her yucky thoughts. a-hard-days-night-ringo-14<sigh

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How about starting the kid out like this?

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Joe said
[Ted's] current favourite is Octopus's Garden . Sometimes I wish I hadn't played that one to him (the Ringo/Ben Cort book is another favourite of his).

Not surprising @Joe when you consider Ted's "working title" was Ringoa-hard-days-night-ringo-4

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4 September 2015
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This book might help you to introduce kids to The Beatles.

Fab four friends: the boys who became the Beatles

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Looks neat! Of course, I say the proper way to turn 'em on is the old-fashioned way-- through the music. 

But as for a starting course in trivia... pretty good. I really like the drawings. Even the guitars pass muster, and that's saying something. 

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I think children should develop their taste however they want. My kids will listen to whatever music they want... as long as it is Beatles brian-epstein

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StrawberryWalrus said
I think children should develop their taste however they want. My kids will listen to whatever music they want... as long as it is Beatles brian-epstein

I would have to agree with you, though I wouldn't force my kids (if I even wanted to have any) to listen to Beatles music. But, I wouldn't want them listening to Nicki Minaj or Miley Cyrus...

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StrawberryWalrus said
I think children should develop their taste however they want. My kids will listen to whatever music they want... as long as it is Beatles brian-epstein

Not in anyway looking to judge or anything like that just out of curiosity. Indulge me.

Would that include if they decided to listen to material that was viewed as socially inappropriate. No idea how old your kids are but many parents would hinder, or at least try to hinder their kids from artists and songs that were sexually explicit, racist, sexist, contained offensive language etc.

Again not looking to judge. More wondering where and if any line would be drawn.

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I'd say the best way to get children into the Beatles is the Magical Mystery Tour or Sgt Pepper 's. They definitely invoke the imagination.

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I wouldnt show them 'Magical Mystery Tour tho, some of it would scare the living bejeebers out of them. I still cant watch John, George and the stripper scene.

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Erm... Yeah. The movie's a bit weirder. 😛

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meanmistermustard said

StrawberryWalrus said
I think children should develop their taste however they want. My kids will listen to whatever music they want... as long as it is Beatles brian-epstein

Not in anyway looking to judge or anything like that just out of curiosity. Indulge me.

Would that include if they decided to listen to material that was viewed as socially inappropriate. No idea how old your kids are but many parents would hinder, or at least try to hinder their kids from artists and songs that were sexually explicit, racist, sexist, contained offensive language etc.

Again not looking to judge. More wondering where and if any line would be drawn.

Hahaha, I think you got me wrong a bit. I don't even have kids (too young for that anyways!) and the first sentence was more of a... introduction to the last line joke, if you get me a-hard-days-night-paul-11

But since we're on that topic, I'd pretty much let them listen anything they want. Even if it's stupid music. Remember, it's not the music that promotes that kind of behaviour, it's the social setup behind it. Just like techno music doesn't make you a drug addict, but perhaps all the crazy parties make you. Even the oversexualized music... I believe there's nothing wrong with listening to that, however bad it is, if you're not indulged in that lifestyle. Because , music is all about being something and somewhere you've never been, and that goes for all range of music and feelings they produce. Music is a tool, it's how the person behaves around that "subculture" that affects him/her.

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Definitely agreed. The Beatles didn't make Charles Manson crazy and kill those people, it was the type of lifestyle he was in. (Not saying hippie lifestyle was bad or anything, it's just how Charles Manson did it. Not really peaceful at all if you ask me.)

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I'm not sure if this has been posted previously.

One of the guys from the Presidents of the United States of America has an alter-ego, Caspar Babypants, who performs songs for kids. He's done a couple of albums of Beatles covers, and snippets are on his website: http://babypantsmusic.com/downloads

I quite like them. Beatles albums are fairly kid-friendly anyway, but this takes it up a level.

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Joe said

I'm not sure if this has been posted previously.

One of the guys from the Presidents of the United States of America has an alter-ego, Caspar Babypants, who performs songs for kids. He's done a couple of albums of Beatles covers, and snippets are on his website: http://babypantsmusic.com/downloads

I quite like them. Beatles albums are fairly kid-friendly anyway, but this takes it up a level.

@Starr Shine? will be happy Piggies is one of the songs covered.

I was hoping to see Helter Skelter there. I wanted to see how they would kiddie-ize it.

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Mostly Paul tracks. No 'I Am The Walrus '. a-hard-days-night-john-7

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The songs of the Beatles are to be brought to a whole new generation thanks to an original series for Netflix.

Beat Bugs, a children’s animation based around five insects, will include modern renditions of some of John Lennon and Paul McCartney ’s most famous songs, from Sia singing Blackbird to P!nk performing Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds and even James Corden giving his vocal stylings to I’m a Loser.

Following in the tradition of children’s shows such as Sesame Street, Beat Bugs will regularly feature famous guests. Other artists in the musical cast include James Bay, Regina Spektor, The Shins, Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder, Chris Cornell and Of Monsters and Men...

...The Netflix show gained permission to cover tracks from the Beatles’ Northern Songs catalogue, including Come Together , Penny Lane , Yellow Submarine , Sgt Pepper ’s Lonely Hearts Club Band and Magical Mystery Tour . The songs will be woven through the narrative, which is based on the adventures of bugs Jay, Kumi, Crick, Buzz and Walter, who live together in an overgrown suburban garden...

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