Music makes our world go round

 

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?

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