Alex is at a very impressionable age where he is taking up all sorts of words, phrases and lyrics, so we have to be quite careful what we say and what he listens to. He has a good ear for music and picks up tunes and lyrics quite well. Take That’s last album had been in the car and played (to death) for a couple of months whenever his mother was driving so he knows most of the tracks and even sings them in running order whilst pottering with his Lego. Alesha Dixon is now flavour of the month as Maria insists it is always played in the car, but whenever possible I try to slip something else in to steer them in the right direction such as a bit of old soul, the Beatles etc.
Imagine my delight as Alex burst into ‘Dance to the music’ as we were sitting down to tea this evening. The best of Sly and the Family Stone has recently been included in the car’s CD library and has been played a few times and with that song being the first track it gets played before Maria makes her Alesha demands. Of all the music to pick out he goes for some funk filled 70s soul, I was so impressed with him and myself too. Then it dawned on me that he was more likely to have been inspired by the cast of Shrek who give it a Karaoke workover at the end of the film. If I can only get him singing ‘You caught me smiling’ or ‘Family Affair’ then I’ll know he really has soul.