May 29, 2007

Whew, I'm Not Crazy. Pancake Mountain IS The Best Kids Music TV Show Ever.


I don't know much, but I know what I like, and I don't care what you think, which, when it comes to kids, really makes a mess of the whole idea of transmitting musical taste.

Still, Roger Moore's excellent essay on a longtime off-kilter favorite, Pancake Mountain, both educates and reassures me. Moore is a self-described music obsessive, and his appreciation of Pancake Mountain is ridiculously well-informed and provides far more insights than my "Hey look! Henry Rollins!" "Arcade Fire in 2004!"

Moore sites PM in the third, "give-and-take" phase of the parent-kid-music dynamic [phase one is playing your music for the kid, phase two is being driven crazy by kiddie music]:

We will share the things we love and sometimes passionately disagree. But then there the are wonderful moments of synchronicity that make it worth the headaches, where the generations between us fall away and we connect in magical moments of rhythm and rhyme that could, and have, come from just about anywhere.
Pancake Mountain is on hiatus and being retooled at the moment, but you can buy earlier episodes on DVD. They're refreshingly awesome and criminally cheap.

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