Would the instrumentals from Frank Zappa’s The Grand Wazoo make for good children’s music? Because I keep listening to “Cleetus Awreetus Awrightus” and think how it would have appealed to my young and tender mind, and the results are pretty darn good.

And while I don’t want to be one of those parents who shovels Bach down his kids’ throats (“You’ll take your ‘Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring’ and take it, little mister!”), I also cringe at the thought of the apartment filled with the sounds of “The Wheels on the Bus” as done by the Saccharine Kidz Korale. Is the silliness of this album, or the Bonzo Dog Doodah Band or anything of this nature good or bad for the tykes?

4 thoughts on “Question…

  1. I’m all in favor of the widest possible range of music being played for the little buggers. With instrumental works, you don’t even have to worry about explaining lyrics (though some Zappa-esque titles may require some clever tap-dancing). I say bring on the Zappa, Sun Ra, Harry Partch, Moondog, John Coltrane, Bonzo Dog Band, John Cage, Terry Riley, Ornette Coleman, Stravinsky, Cole Porter, and Muddy Waters.

  2. Well, that’s probably easier to explain than “The Chrome Plated Megaphone of Destiny” or “The Lad Searches the Night for his Newts”.

  3. Then it turns into a game. “Who can tell us what the Megaphone of Destiny sounds like? What are St. Alphonzo’s pancakes like?”

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