Adult Alternative

Gwen is five weeks old and 10.4 pounds. She is a wiggle worm full of new expressions and noises this week (new photos in the daily cub section). She also has super baby strength when holding her head up as she arches back to catch a glimpse of something moving around her, usually Max sniffing her head. With this new found strength and awareness has also arrived fussiness AKA gas.
The other day was a fussier than normal day. In the later afternoon I made a call to Cody with Gwen wailing in the background I said calmly “when you get home from work I’m going to leave for a little while and run an errand.” Being Cody he agreed and gave me a supportive “no problem” a “you okay” and a”ohh my Gwen” to hear squeals in the background. So my “errand” was running to Total Wine. Where I purchased a new friend called Campo Viejo Reserva Rioja a lovely tempranillo blend from Spain. My new friend is delish.

Back to the point. As any good Mom I ran my “errand” gathering my new red blended friend and stopped at Chipotle for din-din. When I got home Cody looked excited. The baby was asleep in her bassinet. Good work, Dad and I gave him a high five. Cody then started to tell me his secret. Cody says in disbelief “if you sing to her she calms down.” My Mom (YaYa) had watched Gwen over the weekend and informed us that she liked to be sang to. But like any good parent we had to find this on our own.
The genius that Cody is he had turned on the radio TV stations on Cox and said he found a station he could sing along to. For Cody this station was “90’s.” Over dinner this got me thinking and remembering music growing up. Cody and I both grew up in households where our parents and older siblings loved music.
Every weekend in the summer I spent Saturday nights at Fords Marina where we docked our boat on Cayuga Lake with my family enjoying bonfires and listening to Super Gold on the radio. Super Gold (with Mike Harvey, you know the one – listen here) would play requests that I loved like The Platters “Who Put The Bop in the Bop Shoo Bop” and Lesley Gore singing “It’s My Party” (and I’ll cry if I want too). Anyway, I digress. These memories came over me and I said to Cody, “will Gwen think of 90’s Alternative music like the way we think of oldies?.”  Yep, I guess she will was the table discussion consensus. But that isn’t a bad thing. My parents generation music is amazing, The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, Carol King, Johnny Cash, Simon and Garfunkel, Janis Joplin. I mean amazing music. So hopefully Gwen will enjoy our favorites they way we enjoyed listening to our parents favorites over the years.
Today while trying to ease Gwen’s fussy afternoon spell I turned to the radio TV stations. Searching for a song I knew. The first station I landed on was surprisingly Oldies. I knew the words to the first three songs:

  1. Rolling Stones “Off of My Cloud”
  2. Elvis Presley “You Look Like an Angle”
  3. The Crystals “Then He Kissed Me”
Well this was working out to my benefit. Then the Oldies station went downhill and Gwen was pissed again. So I kept searching for a new station. I landed on the station for me. No not 90’s. The 90’s station was playing “100% Pure Love” by Crystal Love which yes I know the words too but it just wasn’t working. I landed on Adult Alternative. Adult Alternative was right up my alley pushing out hits from The Smiths, The Beastie Boys, Nirvana, Foo Fighters, Patti Smith, No Doubt, The Cure… I was in hog heaven I knew the words and Gwen was asleep in my arms in no time.
Then I got to thinking. Adult Alternative. Is that like Adult Contemporary just renamed for people who grew up in the 90’s liking grunge, ska, indie and alternative rock. Ohh my.
Just the other day we said, “Has HGTV really improved their programming or have we just aged into their target demographic?” It really is the most watched station in our house (second only to Cody watching endless hours of Fuel TV). HGTV and Adult Alternative over here. I should wear a sign that says “Hi I’m 30, married with child.” But I would have it no other way. I mean hey, the young lady carded me yesterday and did say 2/17/1981…so you just turned 30?! …..You don’t look 30!” Yipee for me!
So I hope Gwen grows up loving the tunes her parents love. I’ll have to keep the playlist I have developed of music she listens to in the day with me. Including Bob Marley, No Doubt, Foo Fighters, Band of Skulls, The Avett Brothers, The Beatles, Blind Pilot, Foster the People, Frightened Rabbit, Iron & Wine and Freelance Whales. Hopefully she will think that we are cool parents into music the way Cody and I thought our parents were.

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