Music is a MASSIVE part of my life, it always has been. I remember my mum telling me that if I cared as much about school as I did about music, then I’d be a grade A student! I never quite made the straight A’s but I never lost my love of music. Whether it was clubbing, going to gigs and festivals or even when I dabbled a bit in DJing….it was short lived (FACTOID – my DJ name was ShortTermLease) I have always had a passion for new (and old) music. Soul, Blues, HipHop, Indie, Manchester, Techno, House or Disco my Spotify / Itunes playlists (and my CD collection, back in the day) are so diverse that I always have music to match my mood. When I was pregnant with Wee C I went to a few gigs…Brian Wilson, Television (American Rock), Brian Jonestown Massacre (Psychadelic Rock) Sister Sledge, Christina and the Queens – I had tickets for Chemical Brothers, but given that I was 8 months pregnant and had inflated hands and feet, I gave that one a miss! So from as early as in my womb, Wee C has been exposed to music.
When my parents came over just after Wee C was born, my mum started to sing Rock A Bye Baby to calm our new arrival– it was at that point I really listened to the words of the song. A song that we all know and we all sing to our babies. But, it’s basically a song about a baby being in a cradle attached to the branch of a tree, which then breaks and crashes to the ground. Not a happy relax and go to sleep song, but a song about disaster and death! Morbid! I got to thinking about other nursery rhymes/lullabies…
Jack and Jill – Jack had a really bad accident and smashed his skull
Grandfathers Clock – is about an old man dying
It’s Raining It’s Pouring – About an old man with concussion
Sing a song of sixpence – A woman being mutilated by birds
Clementine – About a beautiful woman who drowns
Humpty Dumpty – Someone falling to their death off a wall
Three Blind Mice – Poor wee things had their tails chopped off!
Do I need to go on?
These songs are HORRID! So I say its time to replace these songs with songs that make babies smile!
Fast Forward 6 months and I have a Ol Playlist for Wee C. I started off filling it with all the usual baby rot. Wheels on the Bus, Twinke Twinkle etc but they lasted 2 car journeys before I removed them all and replaced them ‘decent’ music. The tunes she loves the most so far are :
Milkshake – Kelis (as I danced about and sang this song, Wee C laughed for the first time)
Teardrops – Womack & Womack
A Girl Like You – Edwyn Collins
Song of Life – Leftfield
Hey Boy Hey Girl – Chemical Brothers
Celebration – Kool & the Gang
Come Together – Primal Scream
Country Girl – Primal Scream
All My Friends – LCD Soundsytem
Everywhere – Fleetwood Mac
Good Times – Chic
Over and Over – HotChip
Footloose – Kenny Loggins
Jump – Pointer Sisters
Go- Chemical Brothers
Jungle Boogie – Kool & the Gang
Lost in Music – Sister Sledge
Mess Around – Ray Charles
Movin on Up – Primal Scream
Proud Mary – Ike & Tina Turner
Rather Be – Clean Bandit
Reet Petite – Jackie Wilson
Sunny – Marvin Gaye
Your Love Keeps Lifting Me – Jackie Wilson
Walk Like an Egyptian – The Bangles
Surfin Bird – the Trashmen
Rhiannon – Fleetwood Mac
This is the One – The Stone Roses
Fools Gold – The Stone Roses
Move Any Mountain – The Shamen
Where’s Me Jumper – Sultans of Ping
The Power – SNAP!
Ring My Bell – Anita Ward
Upside Down – Diana Ross
Kung Fu Fighting – Carl Douglas
Smalltown Boy – Bronski Beat
Wings of A Dove – Madness
Baggy Trousers – Madness
Groove is in the Heart – Deelite
Music Makes You Lose Control – Les Rhythm Digitales
She’s a Star – James
Funkin For Jamaica – Tome Browne
Fraggle Rock Theme
These tunes work just now. When she was first born she really seemed to like Hip Hop like Public Enemy, Beatie Boys, Run DMC and GBros Star…so who knows what music we’ll enjoy together next.
I’m sure that one day, she will love the equivalent of 1D. Bruno Mars etc (I think i avoided the proper cheese when i was younger though) and when she does, that’ll be fine. . Music is an adventure that we will continue together. What are your happy baby tunes?