“Music was my refuge. I could crawl into the space between the notes and curl my back to loneliness.” Maya Angelou
I’ve been prompted to write this after reading a post on Frogotter’s blog called While there’s Music which talked about the role of music in their family’s life. As I commented there, my girls and I love music and singing. We are constantly listening to the radio and singing or dancing along. At the weekend we play what the girls call ‘Mummy DJ’ where we take it in turns to choose songs to sing and dance to on Youtube. I have rather an eclectic taste in music and so you could catch my girls singing Cyndi Lauper one minute, then Pitbull followed by Jay Sean!
For our family, music also gives the opportunity for us to communicate our feelings in a less scary way. Kitten hates it if I say I love her and Bunny is not much better but if I sing about loving them it becomes slightly more palatable. I often find myself yearning to be able to be more intimate with the girls – so this gives me an outlet to.
So here firstly is our current top 5 ‘I love you’ songs with a taster of the lyrics:
1. Christina Perri – A Thousand Years:
I have died every day waiting for you
Darling, don’t be afraid I have loved you
For a thousand years
I’ll love you for a thousand more…
2. Rascal Flatts – Bless the Broken Road:
Every long lost dream led me to where you are
Others who broke my heart they were like Northern stars
Pointing me on my way into your loving arms
This much I know is true
That God blessed the broken road
That led me straight to you
3. Ellie Golding – How long will I love you:
How long will I love you?
As long as stars are above you and longer, if I can.
How long will I need you?
As long as the seasons need to follow their plan.
4. Cyndi Lauper – True Colours:
I see your true colors
And that’s why I love you
So don’t be afraid to let them show
Your true colors
True colors are beautiful,
Like a rainbow
5. Jason Mraz – I won’t give up on us:
Well, I won’t give up on us
Even if the skies get rough
I’m giving you all my love
I’m still looking up
Our top 5 to dance to at the moment is a bit more lively!
4. Metallica – Enter the Sandman
And finally rather tongue in cheek after a recent journey with my girls seemingly doing everything they could do to get me to crash the car these songs were mostly chosen by my friends on twitter. Here is my roadtrip play list:
1, Chris Rea – Road to Hell
2. Madness – Driving in my Car
3. Metallica – The Frayed Ends of Sanity
4. Fairground Attraction – Perfect
5. June Tabor – I want to Vanish
So what are your family songs? Any favourite ones to sing, dance or drive (or crash!) to? I’d love to hear about them!
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Oh, I so love this post. Music has always been so very important to me and it is such a joy that our little one loves music too. it brings such joy. Just this afternoon when the Octonauts came on the telly he insisted that Daddy get up and dance with him to the theme tune.
I suppose that loving music so much its been natural that we would make it an integral part of his everyday life. We too have special car selections. Several of your choices are on there too but you missed the obvious “Drive MY Car” by the Beatles. Sadly mummy won’t let me have “Highway Star” and “Speed King” by Deep Purple – too noisy. “Night Boat To Cairo” “Life In The Fast Lane” and “Back In The USSR” (because of the jet noise at the beginning) also appear in our “on the move” selection.
I love the fact that Enter Sandman slips in there amid all the dance and pop tracks. And kudos for the June Tabor reference too! Check out my blog on the WASO this week – any of the CDs listed come highly recommended and also appear very regularly in the car.
I love this! Music is so important to us too. There is definitely a soundtrack to our time together and all its emotions. Sometimes playing a certain song can bring us close like nothing else. Have to say that teenage J also communicated in some very rude ways to me through her music..’I hate you so much right now’ from Kelis shouted down the stairs on many occasions : ) x
What a fantastic post.
Music definitely plays a part in our home – even if some of the time it is simply an escape for me before the boys tip me over the edge. We always have music on in the car, although I have to admit I love your ‘road trip’ suggestions – they would definitely go into my collection.
Buzzbee has a talent for listening to a song and interpreting the words (can’t read physical, social or emotional cues in people but words yes). He has currently decided that Katy Perry’s ‘Roar’ is a forever mummy song (partially because my dad had made a joke about never messing with a Lionesses cubs when Buzz told him Mummy was mad with CAMHS).
It’s so wonderful to have special family songs to share.