From the random number generator of my now-obsolete iPod:
- Zing Zang Wing Wang Wong (The Wiggles, Wiggle Bay)
- Captain Feathersword Fell Asleep on His Pirate Ship (The Wiggles, Toot Toot)
- Biko (Peter Gabriel, Shaking the Tree)
- Memor esto tuorum (Hildegard von Bingen, performed by Anonymous 4, The Lily & the Lamb)
- Romp Bomp a Stomp (The Wiggles, Magical Adventure)
- Paperback Writer (The Beatles)
- The Waiting (Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, Greatest Hits)
- Do it For Love (The 77’s, Sticks and Stones)
- Fare Thee Well (Phil Keaggy, Beyond Nature)
- Sea of Faces (Kutless, Sea of Faces)
You can laugh all you want at the preponderance of Wiggles songs this week. I don’t care — I will freely admit that I’m a fan. They write catchy, clever kids’ songs that work on the kids’ level — they don’t need to throw in some silly bone to the adults to legitimize themselves — and they are actual musicians. The first time I watched the show with our oldest daughter, who was just a year old at the time, I was amazed that they were actually playing their own stuff, using real instruments, which in one song included a sweet Hofner bass guitar just like McCartney used.
We had the pleasure of taking our oldest to see them live at Conseco Fieldhouse last summer, and it was the best time I’ve had at a concert in years — and it was one of the best concerts musically I’ve been to in years as well. Sadly it was one of the very last shows before Greg Page had to quit the band for health reasons. And every night, our oldest prays that Greg would feel better.
So, try on “Toot Toot Chugga Chugga Big Red Car” for size. This song happens to have the best bass line in all of childrens’ music.