My first grader came home from school singing:
She wears short skirts, I wear teeshirts.
She’s cheer captain and I’m on the bleachers.
You belonnnng with meeeeee.
This troubled me. This troubled me a lot.
Now kids singing songs that are laden with more mature themes is nothing new. My husband recalls belting out such classic hits as, Cold as Ice and 867‒5309/Jenny, as a young kid. I myself, have the vivid memory of being in the produce section of a grocery store with my mom, staring up into the slanted mirror above the lettuce, and giving Ebony and Ivory my best shot.
Now I suppose I understand why, given the choice between the kiddie music of the day and letting the kids listen to a song about phone numbers found on bathroom stalls, Tommy Tutone won.
But that was then. This is now. Now we have the Jimmies.
The Jimmies make music that you’ll enjoy listening to no matter what your age. But it’s especially lovely for young impressionable minds (ahem! I’m looking at you school bus driver!). And it’s great music for a family dance party. Now, don’t pretend you don’t have family dance parties. It’s totally okay, you’re among friends here.
In addition to their CD, the Jimmies have created a DVD of videos that are refreshingly clever, exciting and wickedly imaginative. I’m not ashamed to admit they make me want to jump right into the screen.
And who’s that leading the Jimmies? Why it’s Ashley, the band’s singer/songwriter. She’s as creative, as she is smart and a heap of fun. Ashley is joined by a talented band of guys in ties. Together, they make kid-friendly music that’s enjoyable for everyone.
Now I’m not guaranteeing that by listening to the Jimmies you’ll avoid questions from your seven year old like, “Mommy, why does her boyfriend like girls in short skirts?” But it’s worth a shot right?
Now onto other big news (in addition to me introducing you to one of my new favorite bands):
It’s time for a GIVEAWAY…GIVEaway…giveaway…
The Jimmies are giving away signed copies of their CD to two lucky Classic Play readers. That’s right! All you have to do to be entered to win is tell us your favorite childhood music memory—whether it was your dad introducing you to AC/DC, your mom leaping across the room to turn off the radio as soon as the first few beats of Like A Virgin played, or if you watched Free to Be You and Me a few hundred times.
Comment below. Two winners will be chosen at random on Thursday, April 29.
PS Midwestern readers – you can see the Jimmies live on stage! They’ll be performing at Jiggle Jam in Kansas City on Sat May 29th from 2:00 – 3:00 pm.