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Music is our refuge…

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!

1. Pharrell Williams – Happy

2. Pitbull – Echa Pa’lla

3. Clean Bandit – Rather Be

4. Metallica – Enter the Sandman

5. The Wanted – Glad You Came

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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