A friend of ours introduced us to the band a few years ago, and since then they have become one of my favorites. It goes beyond the music. The group is an eclectic collection of very brave artists. My children instantly fell in love with their music and we have spent many a trip in the car shouting their songs at the top of our lungs. It makes for fantastic family time. My children’s’ favorite song of theirs is called “Chloe.” When their new video came out, the song was so catchy that my kids and I could often be found singing it out loud while shopping in the grocery store.
My husband and I were lucky enough to get the opportunity to see them live in concert a couple of years ago. The performance was fantastic and it was not what I had expected. The venue in Jacksonville was at a local bar, a large one. I was at first startled, and then thrilled, when I began noticing that there were quite a few kids there, starting at about twelve and going up in age. They were all hanging on the fringes of the crowd with mom or dad, and they were all intent on the stage. I finally figured out that these brave parents had risked judgment to bring their kids out to see this band because they really wanted to see them play. Obviously, that was the case or the kids wouldn’t have all been so wrapped up in the performance. I thought it was amazing.
The band is an adult band and they do have a song or two that aren’t appropriate for kids, but to me it’s like Looney Tunes cartoons, and most of it is veiled from the children’s understanding. My kids have never even noticed anything strange about the lyrics. It’s the music that they notice. The uplifting beats and inspiring tones that the band creates attracted my kids like flies to honey. I am thrilled that my kids are interested in a group of real musicians who write songs and play instruments, rather than the plasticized cookie-cutter nightmares of popular music.
It’s nice to have those few things that I’m not leery of allowing my children to watch or listen to. I know that many parents feel differently than I do about what children should be exposed to. I would so much rather have my children exposed to some happy harmless modern hippies, than I would to angry wrap artists, hip hop performers who blatantly exploit women, or female pop artists who make a career out of exploiting themselves. I don’t even want to think about how strongly children are affected by the materialism of those performers. So, I owe a thank you to this awesome little band. Keep up the good work; we are enjoying it.
This is a link to our favorite car ride sing along song by Groupelove: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AZ26_7vSBPI