As if there weren't already enough kids' songs on the market, now music psychologists (yes, apparently that's a real thing!) are teaming up with Grammy Award–winner Imogen Heap to create the one song that's scientifically designed to make baby happy. But -- be warned -- it'll probably annoy the snot out of parents and caregivers.
Why? Because it's so gosh-darn happy. In fact, it's called "The Happy Song." And just like the rest of the kids' oeuvre, it will get stuck in your head -- and not in a good way (unless you're a big fan of "beep, beep" sounds!).
Take a listen:
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Of course, Heap's voice is soothing and lovely, but still, if you're a parent on the tail end of the toddler music years, you probably want to add one more song to your repertoire like you want to change another poopy diaper.
Most parents are willing to do just about anything to keep their babies happy, but there are times when you just have to draw a line -- for self-preservation, almost. For me, that line is kids' music.
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Don't get me wrong -- at one point I think I knew all the words to every Wiggles song out there. I did my share of sing-alongs with Barney and my boys, but I do not miss it! Of course, I'd try to bring my own tunes into the mix. For example, want to sing about vehicles? How about Lucinda Williams's "Car Wheels on a Gravel Road"? Need to croon about animals? Let's spin Simon & Garfunkel's "At the Zoo."
You see, I might miss the baby smell, the lazy afternoons in the park meeting new moms, and the hugs given freely without my having to make a request, but I definitely don't miss that perpetually perky kids' music!
There were days when my child would be sleeping, yet I'd still be chanting "Chugga Chugga Big Red Car" and catch myself and just think, What the ...?
On the plus side, what if this happy song were the only piece of music a baby ever needed? Pop those earbuds in (I'm joking) and watch your little one giggle endlessly. I suppose there are worse things.