• http://blog.sailorscorpio.com/ Meredith

    I see no reason why we should have to force our kids to listen to “made for kids” music. Oh sure, it might seem “fun” for some people — but for the rest of us who like to listen to music, there’s no reason we can’t expose our kids to the music they’re going to be around for most of their childhood. By the time they hit a certain age, it won’t be cool to listen to that “kid stuff” anymore. What’s the point in that?

  • Katie

    SO cute. But I can’t help but be reminded of Elaine Benis from Seinfeld doing her neurotic dance.

    LOVE the video!

  • Sarah

    What do you mean think? She CAN dance. And apparently so can Jon.

    PS STILL love ABBA and the Bee Gee’s!

  • http://knit.vibegrrl.com Lara

    We absolutely refuse to listen to kiddie music in this household as well. I guess I don’t really understand the point of “kid’s music”, ESPECIALLY kid-music REMAKES of popular songs. In this house, we listen to things like Bach, Jay-z (clean versions), The Frames, Tom Waits, Vampire Weekend, Depeche Mode, Rihanna, Moby, Prince and everything around and inbetween. Our 4-year-old is currently obsessed with “Take Me Out” by Franz Ferdinand and our 6-year old loveloveLOVES Rihanna’s “Pon de Replay”. Come Mr. DJ, won’t you turn the music up!

  • http://thecarlsonzoo.blogspot.com/ jennC

    Milli Vanilli ain’t got nuthin’ on that kid!

  • Tara’s mom

    I love Leta’s energy, and she really knew the words! So cute! I love the way her and Jon pay homage to the greatness of Coldplay at the end. You are blessed with an amazing family!

    But what was up with chuck?

  • Katherine

    My parents have super-8 footage of me at Leta’s age singing “The B-I-B-L-E” while running and dancing around the front yard. Would I care if they had posted it online (if such a thing existed in 1977)? HELL NO. Watching that today reminds me when life was carefree and all the world was my stage. Leta is going to love that her life has been so beautifully chronicled.

  • Louise

    OMG! So cute! We dance to the Beatles in my house.

  • V.

    She’s into anthem rock! Give her a taste of Bono and Achtung Baby…

  • Amy S

    GREAT video! There is something special about that song. But I, like you, think every song done by Coldplay is nothing short of brilliant. Glad to meet another proud Coldplay girl ensuring her daughter will be in the know of quality music as she gets older!

    Have you played Crests of Waves for her yet?! Girl, I’d love to see that dance!

  • http://lt-green.blogspot.com Catlin

    Ah – brings back so many memories of my nephew obsessively listening to “Not Ready to Make Nice” by the Dixie Chicks. As a teacher my kids didn’t have a music teacher so during “music” which consisted of me and a CD player on Friday afternoons, we sang “Ring of Fire,” “Big Yellow Taxi,” and danced around to various tunes by the White Stripes.

    I actually wrote about my “kids’” playlist a while back on my blog:

    Unfortunately, my nephew did go through a phase where he adored the Wiggles, but at least it was short-lived.

  • http://www.carriesbusyblog.blogspot.com Carrie

    I haven’t decided what’s cuter- Leta, Jon or the random voice overs from the background :)

  • lornadoone

    First – I LOVE Coldplay – and this is great, a friend told me when I had my son – NEVER put on kiddie music, always play yours, or you will never get to hear yours again… So my 6 month old listens to Everything but the girl, Morrissey, Depeche Mode, various Techno compilations, The Kooks – and when my husband wants to play with him in the living room – the Goldfrapp dvd goes in! And our 6 month old loves to dance to it… on his feet and swaying and jiggling! :) I grew up on Tom Jones… as a result my first ‘own’ dog was called Delilah!

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  • http://humanbeingblog.com Lynn @ human, being

    a: I love how little kids dance, which is really all about letting the music move them. Love. Love.

    b: My kids love this song too, so much that for several weekends in a row, they played this song over and over and over (and over)on a YouTube version with the lyrics streaming across the screen so they could learn the words. It was hours upon hours of this song, looped. Evidence that this song does not suck: I still really like it. A lot.

    c: I actually like Dora. But then I have a short term memory problem so I occasionally need to be reminded that “i’m the map, I’m the map, I’m the map, I’m the map, I’m the map, I’m the map, I’m the MAP!”

    d: people who don’t like Coldplay can suck it for sure

  • Elizabeth

    My 5year old daughter has been listening to Coldplay since she was in utero. She’s already asking when she can go see them in concert – maybe we’ll see you guys there next tour:)

  • Sharon

    Go, Leta! You’re a rock star! God, I wanted to be Ace from Kiss when I was 12. (my Coldplay repeater: Violet Hill.)

  • traca

    Don’t worry about it. I used to think we were corrupting the children, then I let it go. Amanda is 16 and her favs follow her dad’s, Kiss, Poison, Motley Crue so on. Payton is 9 and he is mine. Disco, Queen, David Bowie and Billy Joel. Just consider yourself blessed that you are not singing the wheels on the bus go round and round round and round round and round…

  • sailchick

    I abhored kids music when I was little. My brother was 12 years older than I. There is still a soft spot in my heart for Crimson and Clover, Majic Carpet Ride and anything by Dick Dale. Her coolness factor will only increase as she gets older. BTW, I also was a worrywort when I was a child, the change of presidents would keep me awake at night wondering if the world would come to an end because the new guy didn’t know how to do things. I got over it, so will she.

  • http://jetsetcarina.blogspot.com Carina

    I hope this is your excuse to put her on Toddlers and Tiaras, because she would KICK ASS.

  • http://hellonetbaby.blogspot.com Swati

    Well, perhaps you haven’t seen this video – that is I am assuming none of the hundreds above have written to you about it. (Impossible, yes, I think so too.) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mtwK5bheueE

  • birdgal

    My almost four year old LOVES ‘Hold On, Hold On’ by Neko Case–I once told her it was about vampires, she now likes to ask for the ‘vampire song’. Ahh, kids.

  • Anonymous

    Oh. My. Goodness. I am in the process of recovering from a scary blog experience…please bear with me….

    So. SO, I clicked on the play button to watch Leta dance to Viva La Vida. As the dancing commenced, I was taken aback by the raver-type music playing in the background…something about “taking you to a gay bar”?!? Now, I know you have a varied taste in music, but I couldn’t believe that even Heather Armstrong would play a song with lyrics like that (yes, they were quite specific about what was to happen at the gay bar) for her daughter until she was at least eight. I kept re-reading your post, and was sure that I was supposed to be hearing Coldplay. I watched in amazement, awed not only by by Leta’s dance moves but the song being played as well.

    It was after a minute or so that I realized that I simultaneously had my boyfriend’s sister’s blog up on another page…and on her blog she has music…and she listens to all kinds of music…some of which has very interesting lyrics. So, as it turns out, there is a band, that goes by the name of Peaches, who has a song entitled Gay Bar. And, when I closed the web page with the other blog on it, I did in fact hear Coldplay (and you singing along in the background). What a relief.

  • Audrey

    I was ambivalent about Coldplay, as I liked Clocks and Yellow but not much else and my British indie friends shun them, but then I heard Viva La Vida. I wanted to hate it, but ended up singing it in the streets, over and over, because it made me that happy.

    I also eat the same thing every day, and do repetitive behaviors. Leta, you and I may be cut from the same cloth.

    That said, the Aimee Mann cover of The Scientist is superior to the original.

  • http://aimeepalooza.blogspot.com Aimee

    My six year-old ruins good songs for me because of the again, again, again. can we hear??? No, I used to like that song but I hate it now because of you child!
    We never did kids songs either. My son is totally into Rage Against The Machine. I am pretty sure all the nice suburban Moms in town think I am a huge asshole.

  • http://www.jaimeblogers.com Jaime

    BEST. VIDEO. EVER! I dance the same exact way to that song.

  • http://kerrisullivan.blogspot.com/ Kerri Lynne

    I really love hearing your stories about Leta. The things you write about her saying are too funny, Heather. All her little quirks make her even cuter! (Though I’m sure the whole only-eating-things-that-are-beige thing can get old for Mom and Dad but it makes for excellent blogging! haha)

    PS) You look aboslutely GORGEOUS in the new photo of you and Marlo in the airport (and she’s a little cutie, too!)

  • Stephanie

    I feel the same way when I hear that song! And I think Leta could teach Chris Martin a few new dance moves.

  • http://2happy.typepad.com Donna T

    OH STOP IT! That’s the cutest thing I’ve seen all day and I work at an effing PET STORE!


    PS: You probably know this but you guys can’t sing for crap.

  • http://www.suzyqhomemaker.com Elizabeth

    Our kids are huge fans of The Decemberists, The Flaming Lips, and Pale Young Gentlemen. We’re raising some right little hipsters around here.

  • jessies mom

    Young lady,

    You are dee leta ful. Your sister in marlo vous. Keep having fun.

  • http://houseofestrogen.typepad.com Ann

    That was a hoot! :)

  • Dani

    My Goodness! Jon and Leta are the cutest things ever! And I love your southern singing Heather! Video totally made my day (which has been pretty crappy otherwise)!

  • Monica

    One of the most beautiful visions in the world: a kid dancing to music…any music.

  • Jo Anne

    My now 17 year old niece grew up listening to my brothers music. She is the coolest kid around and this isn’t just because of music. When she was 4 years old she was at a petting zoo and she wanted to leave to go and listen to the Beatles. She has seen U2 about 10 times (for those of you that think they are amazing) and she knows more about music then most people of any age. If she cannot be a comedy writer when she is an adult then she wants to manage rock bands. I don’t think she ever listened to “kids” music at all. She is also an A student at a very great private school and does improv in her spare time. So, Leta, keep listening to that rock and roll!!

  • Rebecca

    We get these daily from our girls and I have a few of them on video for posterity. They love swing the best … and I can’t blame them!

  • http://homegrown-insanity.blogspot.com Tracylea

    I, too, put songs on repeat which cause me to dance in an uncontrollably happy manner. There just isn’t enough time this life to do all the happy dancing we should.

  • Kate H.

    Thank you, Leta.

  • http://maryloukunkle.com ML

    glad to hear somebody else out there enjoys Coldplay :)

  • http://littlestfinch.com Finch

    My first day of school was:

    “Ali, dance to Debbie Gibson”


    Oh how much cooler a daughter you’ve got!

    Also, captcha: The Goodman. It’s how John Goodman would say his name in a sassy faux-James Bond style.

  • http://3homesandablog.blogspot.com G

    Love the comments about Chuck angst-riddenly photobombing… he’s giving a sideways glance and glowering, “this is so not okay with me”.

  • Kim

    huge fan. period. There is a trailer of a show coming out this fall called “The Good Nurse” on NBC. I don’t know why but this gal reminds me so much of you. For example how she thinks to squeeze someone’s nose to shut them. Or how she will look at a boss and yell….I want you to do BETTER! So funny but real.

  • http://headacheslayer.blogspot.com Angel

    Everyone in our family enjoys Coldplay–my 7 yr old finds it very relaxing too ;)

    HATE kid music (Hate Kid Bopz even more but that’s another rant). Around here, it’s GreenDay, Beatles, Queen, Pink, Katy Perry, Britney (YES I love Britney. shoot me), soundtracks (Les Mis is a fave…yeah, explain what a prostitute is to your 10 yr old daughter). We pretty much cover most genres.

    I knew that kid music was out when my son was an infant and HATED the car. I prayed for Train’s “Drops of Jupiter” to come on because it was like magic. He always stopped crying.

    Now they are into wilder music than I was at their age, courtesy of Rock Band LOL

  • http://kristenthrelkeld.blogspot.com Kristen THRELKELD

    Adorable! And we love Coldplay too. My 4.5 year old wants to know if “that girl has to pee”

  • http://www.unfamousme.com Kerry

    My whole life was Madonna…Love her to this very day. My daughter who is now 16 was singing at the top of her lungs in the grocery store one day when she was 4 years old..”Like a Virgin, touched for the the very first time” Older woman giving looks of “what are you teaching your kid.” It was actually quit funny but it didn’t make me stop her from listening to whatever she wanted. All her life so far I didn’t take away those explicite lyric CDs and even took her to her first Madonna concert when she was 12 years old. Kids are gonna hear it no matter where they go, and what better person to learn life from than their parents. Leta is a lucky little girl who gets to “express herself” and that is AWESOME!!!!

  • http://serendipitysmiles.com Peggy

    It’s NOT patently uncool to like Coldplay! In fact, I just posted one of their early videos on my blog, http://serendipitysmiles.com (see story: Breast Cancer Sucks: Round One) because it was Chris Martin’s voice I fell asleep to and woke up to during both my surgeries to kick cancer to the curb.

    If I’m uncool…oh well…I LOVE Coldplay!


  • GinaM

    My 5 year old is the same way, no kiddie music! I love it! I just realized I may have let it go to far when she started singing Britney Spear’s “If you seek Amy” Oops!!

    I have to give another nod to Jon Schmidt’s version of Viva La Vida and Taylor Swift, it’s awesome!

  • AK

    In defense of “kid” music: some of it is great… School House Rock, “Three is magic number” or the Barenaked Ladies’
    “Crazy ABCs”…

    Leta is hilarious dancing.

  • Diana

    You guys make me want to have kids, a family RIGHT NOW. I love it. Leta, you are one very cool kid, just so you know. You have German fans here!

    Dooce, great camera work, Jon, the devil horns are spot on. You guys rock. Thank you for sharing. (And, uh, why do I feel completely ok when reading your blog, but totally like a creep when I write something here? Stalker-esque?)

    captcha: renewal Al
    (what a man!)

  • solemom

    Awesome video – thanks for sharing!

    My little man is also a ‘viva la vida’ fan, but his absolute favourite lately has been ‘Michael Franti – Hey World’. I highly recommend checking him out – very positive and/or thought-provoking lyrics and a great beat.