It's been a very long time since I did a "Toddler Jukebox" column here on The Rock Father, but now the time has come to dust it off as a regular feature. When I did the first couple, I had an actual toddler in the house, but with Addie now a preschooler and Finn still an infant, I'm questioning the use of "toddler" in the name. The original concept was that Addie would grab a CD from the archives here at Rock Father HQ and I'd be forced to listen to it as an opportunity to revisit some songs from days long since passed. While I might still have the kids pull random selections on occasion, I'm looking at this as a way to revisit the past through my little ones - some pre-Fatherhood rock explored with a new generation. What better way to start then with an album called AGES 3 AND UP?
Generally when I do The Toddler Jukebox, it's about my daughter randomly pulling a CD from the archives and me being forced to spin it. This one's a little different in that the little one didn't specifically choose the song - but she sure as hell digs it. From the MELVINS' 1994 album STONER WITCH comes a little song called Revolve - a song that she happened to catch me playing acoustically yesterday morning while jamming in my office. Yes, I was rocking out some Melvins in a half-assed style when she walked into the room smiling and dancing. So I let her hear the real version of the song.
The little one just turned two last week, and with the turn of age comes even more curiosity. As she inspects her surroundings, The Toddler Jukebox is growing - a selection of albums (literally) hand-picked by my little daughter. The way it works is simple: she pulls an album from the archives and Daddy has to listen to it. It's an interesting way to re-discover some music that I may not have spun for quite some time. Today's pick? IMPERIAL TEEN - SEASICK.
Raising the future of rock is a daily adventure, often marked by what music will be providing the soundtrack to our day. The Toddler Jukebox happened by accident - thousands of albums on CD and Vinyl filed neatly on shelves within The Rock Father's office, many within reach of curious hands. I created a new rule a few weeks back, that if my daughter (22 months young) pulled an album, that meant I had to listen to it. With a lot of music collecting dust, this would be an opportunity to revisit some titles from the past. Today's Jukebox is a curious pair - if only for the fact that their combined names could stike fear into the hearts of the TSA, CDC, and NSA combined: ANTHRAX and BIOHAZARD.