Her difficulty is remembering names and artists. This poses a difficulty when you ask her to name her favorite band. Such a question is usually greeted with shrugged shoulders and a puzzled look. Her eventual answer will probably be a whole genre instead of an actual band.
Not that it's a bad thing. It's just the way she's wired. There are too many other things on her mind to care about such trivial things.
She also has a habit of mangling lyrics and inventing her own to replace those she doesn't know or doesn't understand. But that's a different story.
As a birthday/anniversary present, I got her an iPod. And I'm stacking the deck; I'm loading up music that I know she'll like but would probably never listen to without my intervention. While she will sing along with most of these songs, she might not remember the names of the artists that recorded them.
My rules were simple. 1) the songs prominently feature female vocalists, 2) the songs must be safe for the kids to listen to if Bekah plays them in the car 3) they are more than the typical Sheryl Crow, Adele, or No Doubt and 4) it must be compelling and modern, no Celine Dion.
Here are five
1. The Civil Wars - a duet led with male/female harmonies and instrumentation bordering between blugrass and indie rock.
2. Ellie Goulding - a British singer/songwriter that blends Brit pop, folk, and electronica.
3. He Is We - a band I've mentioned before; the happy medium between Paramore and Taylor Swift.
4. Ingrid Michaelson - a frequent contributor to the Grays Anatomy soundtrack, Ingrid has a sound specially made for coffee shops.
5. La Roux - a synthpop duo with R&B and club leanings.
If you can think of anything that fits my criteria - please let me know.