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Morning Song – Hoodoo Voodoo

July 5, 2017

Parents of young children: choose your music carefully.

Toddlers and preschoolers are going to have songs they fall in love with, and that they want to hear over and over (and over and over and over and over and…). If you want to hear Raffi sing “Baby Beluga” several times a day for the next few years, go right ahead. If, on the other hand, that sounds like some version of hell to you, you’re going to have to find other music.

Fortunately, this is not difficult. Take, for example, Woody Guthrie’s deliriously gleeful and subtly subversive “Hoodoo Voodoo”, set to music and sung by British folksinger Billy Bragg, backed by Wilco. It’s fun, goofy, silly, has lots of interesting words and clever wordplay. It is, in other words, a kid’s song written with at least half an ear towards the adults who’ll be singing it.


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