Saturday, January 1, 2011

Songs Moms Can Groove To 2010

Just ask a 13 year old. Nothing is more painful than having to watch your mother dance. (I may be one of the few people who survived adolescence without feeling this mortification. I loved to dance with my mom, who could out-jitter the jitterbug.)

So I am guilty of subjecting my kids to this abuse regularly during an activity my friend Emilie and I like to call the “kitchen dance.” The kitchen dance is ideally done after the children have gone to bed, and something is needed to liven up the pot scrubbing. It’s a line dance where one of us starts a movement that is duplicated by the other person, who changes the movement slightly and “passes” it back. Easy right? So easy a mom can do it.

Despite the fear and displeasure of my children when they come upon this scene, they themselves are to blame. The radio in the kitchen, usually set on WFUV (also known as “old people channel”) is somehow magically re-set for Z100 after school hours. This puts the dear ones at risk of a rogue kitchen dance breaking out to "their" music at any time. However, with so much dreck on the radio today, an acceptable groove is never guaranteed. So I put together a list of our favorite kitchen dance songs from this past year, so that dancing moms can download and kids can take precautions.

DISCLAIMER: I am aware that some of these are old songs that were not released in 2010. That is because I am over 40 and can’t be expected to pick up on trends when they’re actually happening. I may come around to it two or even three years later. The only way I heard the old Aaliyah song was on the muzak while shopping with the E. girl at Limited Too.

Ima Bee – Black Eyed Peas
- We listened to this so many times I even memorized Fergie's rap. Sad, right? The video is cool.

I Can Transform Ya - Chris Brown

Carry Out – Timbaland ft. Justin Timberlake
Feast on all the food puns.

Extra Smooth – Aaliyah
Excellent soundtrack for making gravy.

The Big Bang – Rock Mafia
Can't figure out why this isn't getting more airplay.

Hold Yuh – Gyptian
An easy groove even grandma can do.

Calabria 2007 - Enur feat. Natasja (yep, this is the 3 year old one)
We don't know the lyrics but sing anyway.

F.U. – Cee Lo Song of the year, people! See the great video here.

If none of their friends are around, the kids might let their guard down long enough to join you and maybe even teach you the “dougie.” What are you grooving to in your kitchen?


TALON said...

lol! Loved this, JGH!

I am guilty of kitchen dancing at any time - the animals are the eye-rolling audience most of the time - and no wine even involved (I'm not sure how my children survived having me as their mom!)

I wish you and your family a beautiful and blessed 2011!

tut-tut said...

ha! Happy New Year, JGH, family, Nyackers, gardeners, . . .

Wendy McDonagh-Valentine said...

What a great post!! I have fond memories of dancing with my mother too. She used to try to teach me the Lindey but we would always start laughing so hard that we very rarely made it through the lesson!! Happy New Year to you and your family!! : )

~ Wendy

Pam J. said...

You paint a such a vivid picture!
Dance on!

Eliza @ Appalachian Feet said...

Uh-oh, I don't know any of the songs you listed. But I still drive my 13 y/o crazy when I do the
"mom dance."