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Songs That Make Me Cry

So on the way to the children’s museum today Ava and I were rocking out to Taylor Swift! Yes rocking out! When her song “The Best Day” came on. I sat and really listened to the lyrics until the tears came. It is a song about a mother and daughter. If you have a little girl and have not really listened to these words I dare you to do it without tears! The time is already moving so fast and I just hope as the years pass I am still a person of strength, comfort and unconditional love in Ava’s eyes. There are no words to express motherhood, the emotion at times is so overwhelming and the love so complete.

Other songs that make me a blubbery mess:

“Family Tree” Frances England (especially as you start thinking about #2)

“You and Me” Frances England

“Forever Young” The Pretenders (HA you remember this one.. cannot get through it without tears)

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My last post got me to thinking about music and my munchkin! Both Larry and I love music, although he is the musically talented of the two of us. Ava already LOVES music. She instantly starts to move and dance to the beat when the music hits her ears. It is great! One of the best toys I have bought for Ava is a stuffed bear with a pocket for an i-pod. The behind of the bear is speakers and the pocket safely tucks the i-pod away so that Ava can have music where ever she goes. (Sadly Pottery Barn kids no longer makes this bear).

mp3-bear

I am always looking for music that both Ava and I will enjoy listening to! Typically kid music is not for me. Even when I was a teacher I avoided it like the plague. I do however have very few exceptions to the no kid music rule and they are included in my playlist below.  Ava and I listen to everything from my girly music like Sarah McLachlan to the jazz of Miles Davis to the classical composing of Debussy and Stravinsky.

Here are just the top 5 of my i-pod playlist. All of the albums can be found in the i-pod store or Amazon.  I have linked every album but the Beatles (which is not avalible on Amazon for downloading) to the amazon MP3 downloads so that you can take a listen.  Please comment with other suggestions of your favorites!

Greta and Ava’s TOP FIVE:

curious-georgeJack Johnson “Sing-a-Longs & Lullabies from Curious George”
Genre:
Children’s Music
Love the soothing voice and guitar of  Jack Johnson. I even love the kid lyrics of these songs.  A bonus is the track by Ben Harper “My Own Two Hands”, LOVE IT!  All Jack Johnsons albums are wonderful.  

 

frances-englandFrances England “Family Tree”
Genre:
Children’s Music
Frances England is like a female Jack Johnson. I love her voice. She wrote her first album “Fascinating Creatures” as a fundraiser for her child’s preschool. Very cool! Great lyrics and sound plus the album artwork is beautiful! The last track “You and Me” will make you cry.  *May also enjoy Elizabeth Mitchell.

 

beatles-1Beatles “One”
Genre:
Rock
Who does not love the Beatles and their older songs are so upbeat and fun that kids especially love them. It is hard to pick an album. “Rubber Soul” and “Revolver” both have great tracks for kids or you can make it easy and just go for “One” all the greatest hits.

 

nick-drakeNick Drake “Pink Moon”
Genre:
Singer/Songwriter
Love the sound of Nick Drake. All albums are great and have the same deep soulful, buttery sound. You will love his voice and guitar. The only accompaniment is an occasional piano. Peaceful and melodic music that Ava and I both love on a rainy day.

 

the-ocean-blueThe Ocean Blue “Cerulean”
Genre:
Rock
This album is breezy and low key although a little poppy to move to as well. It is a happy album that makes you smile. Although not a children’s album has that kind of sound without being annoying at all!  *May also enjoy the Cocteau Twins albums.

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White Stripes Wake Up

Not every weekend but most Larry and I treat each other to just a little more sleepy time. I will take one morning while he sleeps and then he will do the same for me. Now Larry, who can sleep anywhere and through almost anything, is out during this hour. For me this time is not so much about sleeping but more about just not having to get up right when the baby monitor sounds its early morning wake-up call. The simple act of choosing when to get up, is a luxury to say the least!

The best part of these mornings for me however is the eavesdropping I get to do. Typically the baby monitor is left on and I listen as Larry enters Ava’s nursery. The sweet words and endearing admiration is priceless. Daddy’s little girl! I will admit that this time used to be less relaxing than just getting up. I had to force myself to stay in bed. My own control issues of needing to be there, would they be alright, does he know what to do?? Silly I know! Now it is my time to sit back and be an outsider, listening to what love sounds like when I am not there. This time always makes me smile…

This Sunday all the sweet words, made-up songs and games that ensued did not compare to the image of Larry and Ava rocking to music together. Larry had plugged his MP3 player into her teddy bear (a teddy bear with speakers in his behind so Ava can have music where ever she goes!) and was playing the White Stripes. I could just see Ava dancing to every beat. I then listened as he explained that he would push her in her car, which she loves, and that the bear could come with them as the car radio. Again the picture came to me and a smile! So different than the Jack Johnson mommy mornings I thought… how wonderful that she gets to experience the best of both us musical taste and all… and another smile!
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