It’s very important to introduce children to classical music. That way they get a better appreciation for music, its complexity, and its history.
However, for a well-rounded education, you have to introduce the bad along with the good.
It hit me tonight that my kids have never heard what has been described as “the worst song ever recorded.” So I pulled it up on YouTube to let them listen to it.
For those of you that don’t know, the song is William Shatner’s cover of “Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds.” If you’re brave enough to experience it yourself, click here. My girls are well acquainted with the original Beatles version, so they knew the song. About halfway through the Shatner version, they were screaming for me to turn it off.
I’ve told them that if they ever have trouble getting up in the mornings, we’ll have to play it specifically for them. Yes, sometimes being an evil parent can be fun.
We are doing our part to expose our children to all sorts of cultural and musical influences. Whether they like it or not. Really, it’s for a better future.