The Beat Goes On, Even During a Pandemic: Can You Add to My Family's Music Playlist? by Michael Kennedy
As we head further into the unknown, the one thing in our house that remains consistent, reliable and makes us all mostly happy is music. So as homeschooling mostly wraps for the day, dinner plans are laid out and and that oh-so-welcoming adult beverage slides into our hands. Then, we play an album, record, CD (whatever you want to call it) throughout the house nightly.
Recently, we’ve been reaching back a decade or two or more. Some stuff my wife grew up on, some stuff I grew up on. Some our parents played for us – maybe their parents even played for them – but nonetheless, since we have the time we thought we’d expose the kids to some of our seminal soundtracks.
This isn’t a ranking or an opinion, this is just a unsophisticated list of the 30 older albums two dorky parents with three young kids plan to play in the background for our magic hour.
One a day for the next 30 days, and admittedly, we copped out and did a lot of soundtracks and greatest hits. If the kids enjoy them or not is inconsequential, but we can check off that we did our jobs as parents – and it’s all about us anyway.
We need your help moving forward. What would you listen to? Could you add to ours in case we are in here for a while?
Keep your heads up everyone; we’ll always have great music. We hope you're doing OK out there.
- Prince Purple Rain
- Queen Greatest Hits
- U2 The Joshua Tree
- ELO Greatest Hits
- New Order Substance
- Beach Boys Pet Sounds
- The Rolling Stones Hot Rocks
- Marvin Gaye What’s Going On
- Madonna Madonna
- Janet Jackson Control
- The Beatles Abbey Road
- Bruce Springsteen Born In The USA
- Run DMC Run DMC
- De La Soul De La Soul Is Dead
- The Clash The Story Of The Clash
- Dire Straits Making Movies
- Nirvana MTV Unplugged
- Michael Jackson Thriller
- Blondie Greatest Hits
- Lauryn Hill The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill
- Green Day Dookie
- Moby Play
- Sugar Hill Gang Greatest Hits
- The Smiths Louder Than Bombs
- Beyonce I Am ... Sasha Fierce
- David Bowie Changes
- Saturday Night Fever Soundtrack
- Pretty In Pink Soundtrack
- Some Kind Of Wonderful Soundtrack
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