For reasons mentioned in previous posts, we haven’t had much time alone as a family recently, so I enjoyed having half an hour with Frida this morning, getting her dressed and changed and having a little play before i headed off for work. I thought I’d put some music on during that time and chose Joanna Newsom’s ‘Milk Eyed Mender’.
It’s one of my all time favourite albums, with new pleasures found within every time I listen to it, even now after ten years. It’s one of those albums that, when I listen to it, I wonder why I ever listen to anything else. It reminds me of an a probably apocryphal story about a fan of one of the early eighties hardcore bands (possibly Black Flag), who after hearing their first EP, glued it to his turntable so he couldn’t play anything else. I’ve never gone quite that far of course, but certain albums make me understand the impulse, anyway I digress.
Frida was slightly startled when hearing Newsom’s voice for the first time (a not uncommon reaction amongst adults also), but otherwise seemed unperturbed. It got me wondering. Joanna Newsom’s voice is quite unusual to most people, but if Frida grows up hearing it, presumably she won’t think so. If I play strange music around her when she’s little, will it seem normal to her? And, more interestingly, will it affect her taste? Kids tend towards the simple and melodic in their music tastes when they’re little, but does the music they are exposed to affect that. I’m sure someone who knows more about child development could tell me.