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Strange Music Day - August 24th each year

Strange Music Day was started by Patrick Grant, a Julliard graduate and professional musician.  Patrick is also the founder and artistic director of Strange Music Inc., an organization dedicated to releasing recordings and presenting compelling new work.

The purpose of Strange Music Day is to listen to music you have never heard before, just for the heck of it.  This is especially fun with children, since it gives you the opportunity to introduce new music to them.

One of my girls' favorite things is to learn about mom and dad (or even grandma and grandpa) when we were young.  They love to look at photos, report cards and "works of art" from my childhood -- I think it's fun for them to imagine the adults in their lives as little girls and boys.  Now that they're teenagers, they especially seem to enjoy mocking our hairstyles and the size of our glasses *grin*.

It's also fun to share popular music from "back in the day".  Nothing makes the girls giggle harder than when mom and dad break into song (and sometimes dance!) to oldies on the radio.  Using Amazon.com's MP3 storecraft ideas , I-Tunes (or similar), you can download single songs for about $1 -- sometimes the older music is even free.
 

Strange Music Day Activities:

  • Online jigsaw puzzle "Learning to Play Gyalings".  A Gyaling is a traditional tibetan instrument most commonly played in Tibetan monasteries.
     

Here are some ideas for music to share with your kids on Strange Music Day:

These are just a few suggestions to help you remember all of those fun, kid friendly songs you loved (or hated) way back when!

Wedding music: 

  • your wedding song!
  • fun songs like

    • The Bunny Hop or

    • The Macarena or

    • The Chicken Dance or

    • Y.M.C.A

    (show them how it's done!)
     

Fun, Silly and/or Popular Tunes from the 1950's:

  • Battle of New Orleans - Jimmy Horton
  • Jambalaya (On the Bayou) - Hank Williams
  • Purple People Eater - Sheb Wooley
  • Rock Around the Clock - Bill Haley and the Comets
  • Rockin Robin - Bobby Day
  • Teddy Bear - Elvis Presley
  • Tutti Frutti - Little Richard
     

Fun, Silly and/or Popular Tunes from the 1960's:

  • California Dreamin' (All the Leaves are Brown) - The Mamas and the Papas
  • Dang Me - Roger Miller
  • Fly Me to the Moon - Frank Sinatra
  • Happy Together - The Turtles
  • I Dig Rock and Roll Music - Peter, Paul and Mary
  • Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polkadot Bikini - Bryan Hyland
  • May the Bird of Paradise Fly Up Your Nose - Little Jimmy Dickens
  • Monster Mash - Bobby Picket
  • Ring of Fire - Johnny Cash
  • Sweet Caroline - Neil Diamond
  • The Twist - Chubby Checker
  • What a Wonderful World - Louis Armstrong
  • Yesterday - the Beatles
     

Fun, Silly and/or Popular Tunes from the 1970's:

  • Brown Eyed Girl - Van Morrison
  • Convoy - C.W. McCall
  • Crocodile Rock - Elton John
  • Disco Duck - Rick Dees
  • Devil Went Down to Georgia - Charlie Daniel's Band
  • Imagine - John Lennon
  • New York, New York - Frank Sinatra
  • Old Time Rock and Roll - Bob Seger
  • Rock and Roll All Night - KISS
  • Rubber Duckie - Ernie
    (I do believe he's the only muppet to ever hit the Billboard top 20 -- and it happened the week I was born!)
  • Sweet Home Alabama - Lynyrd Skynrd
  • Stayin' Alive - Bee Gees
  • Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Old Oak Tree - Dawn (Tony Orlando)
  • The Time Warp - Rocky Horror Picture Show
  • Thank God I'm a Country Boy - John Denver
  • Y.M.C.A - Village People
  • Your Mama Don't Dance - Loggins and Messina
     

Fun, Silly and/or Popular Tunes from the 1980's:

  • Can't Touch This - MC Hammer
  • Dancing With Myself - Billy Idol
  • Eye of the Tiger - Survivor
  • I Will Always Love You - Dolly Parton
  • Macarena - Los del Rio
  • Mickey - Toni Basil
  • Relax - Frankie Goes to Hollywood
  • Safety Dance - Men Without Hats
  • She Bop - Cyndi Lauper
  • Thriller - Michael Jackson
  • We Didn't Start the Fire - Billy Joel
  • We're Not Gonna Take It - Twisted Sister

 


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