Sorry, Yo Gabba Gabba!, Biz Has Got You Beat


The kids saw Yo Gabba Gabba!
I saw Biz Markie.
Never heard of him? Neither had my 14-year-old babysitter.
To my 5-year-old he’s just the guy who teaches kids to “beat box,” making music with their mouths, on morning cartoons on Nick Jr.
But my husband took one look at my pictures from Friday’s concert for kids at Bethel Woods and he started singing, “baby you, you got what I neeeeeeed.”
His was the music of our childhoods, and there he was onstage at the inaugural children’s show in Bethel, teaching kids the “beat of the day.”
He was there “for the kids.”
The oversized ones who laughed when guest star Tracey Bonham popped out in a sparkly purple and announced “some of your parents might remember my song.”
No, the 14-year-old babysitter hadn’t heard of her either.
Having her in my home this summer has been an education in what’s “old,” and what’s new again.
Biz Markie is famous to the 5 and under set.
He was famous to the 25 and over set first.
Like the awful neon resurgence and the return of the too-tight pants.
My generation is finally getting a taste of our own medicine. We thought our parents knew nothing about being cool.
Now it’s our turn to groan at our kids wearing everything we were glad to shed 20 years ago.
Well, some of it.
Because thousands of parents showed up to treat their children to Yo Gabba Gabba! Live! at Bethel Woods on Friday with that old-fashioned desire to give their kids every experience out there — to give even better than we got.
It’s what’s forced us to go rooting around in our closets and pull out the comforts of childhood and pass them on to our kids — the retro toys, the favorite cartoon characters and, yes, the musicians that can’t help making Mom whip out her camera and saying “can I get a picture with you?”
We came for Yo Gabba Gabba! But my kid got her picture with Biz too.

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