Wednesday, July 27, 2005

It's on TWO and FOUR, people!

One of the duties that comes along with being the parent of a 3 year old little girl is that you have to sit through a lot of programming aimed at children. A lot. More than you can possibly imagine. For the most part, the quality is pretty good. Even the music can be clever. For example, there is a channel just for pre-schoolers called Noggin that is quite excellent and features musicians like Dan Zanes and Laurie Berkner on their "Move to the Music" segments.

And then there's The Wiggles. Jeff, Anthony, Murray, and Greg. I'm not going to harp on needlessly about The Wiggles. The fact of the matter is some of their tunes are pretty clever, and they're all very catchy and easy for a kid to keep up with. They must be doing something right. In 2004, they charted just behind Russell Crowe in the list of top Australian money makers.

But watching The Wiggles with Astrid the other day, I saw something horrible. The musical equivalent of fingernails on the chalkboard. While Anthony was cheerily singing their hit "Munchy Crunchy Honey Cakes", I noticed, to my horror, that he was CLAPPING ON ONE AND THREE! AAAAHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!

It's not hard, people. Rhythm comes from walking - that's why 2 beat and 4 beat measures sound so natural. Next time you start walking, say "one" when your first foot hits and "three" when your second foot hits. Then place hand claps between them: foot - hand - foot - hand - bass - snare - bass - snare - one - two - three - four. Got it? Don't let it happen again.

1 Comments:

Blogger --josh-- said...

Still, "Fruit Salad" and "Big Red Car" do totally rock.

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