Becoming a first-time parent has been a transforming experience for me. Not in the “My world looks so magically different” kind of way. No, I mean that I’ve entered a whole new realm of consumer marketing to which I was previously immune. But one of the actually fun discoveries I’ve made in the hunt for baby entertainment that doesn’t suck has been the bizarre array of lullaby cover CDs. We initially got Rockabye Baby! Lullaby Renditions of the Cure, which I assumed was a one-off. It’s actually part of a massive series of cover CDs that includes collections of Metallica, Nirvana, Tool and, strangely, Coldplay. I was nerdishly excited to see that the most recent release was even my favorite band, the Pixies. If you like to kick it a little more old-school, there’s the new Jersey Babys, a glockenspiel-heavy set of tunes by Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. Personally, I’d rather go with the old-school beats of “White Lines” off Hip Hop Baby. It’s nice to know we live in a world where it’s never too early to expose our children to great music. And Coldplay.
—Posted by David Griner