it’s probably the biggest cliché when it comes to falling in love, but music for sure played a huge role in our love story when josh and i were dating. i remember how we bonded over our love for specific bands or artists, songs and lyrics. and long before the dating days, music played such a significant role in both of our lives since we were little, so it’s been such a fun experience introducing our own little ones to much of the music that shaped and continues to shape our lives.
when i was little, my dad had a piano AND a huge organ in our front living room. the organ had all sorts of gadgets and buttons, and he was always messing around on it playing the funnest stuff since it could make crazy sounds and beats. we’d have dance parties with all my siblings (and a lot of the neighborhood kids) at least once a day. it was the norm in our household growing up. and if my mom wasn’t blasting the soundtrack to les miserables or cats, we had all of the furniture moved to the side of the rooms and we were choreographing our own dance routines to everything from country music to opera.
i love having music playing in our home, and i’ve made a point to get a lot of bluetooth speakers around the apartment in different rooms so we listen to a lot of our favorite music with the kids throughout the mornings and evenings together. something is always playing quietly somewhere. josh actually made a playlist with over 200 songs from everything like frank sinatra to queen to radiohead to van halen to belle and sebastian. there’s stuff on there from the last of the mohican’s soundtrack (Samson’s request), to dan deacon (I’M OBSESSED), to a few of our favorite concertos, blues and jazz standards. i pulled 80 of the songs from this huge playlist into a spotify playlist for anyone else interested in listening along (it’s also embedded at the end of this blog post)! i know many of you have asked when we have music on in the back of my instagram stories or when we’re in the car on road trips, who the artist is or what the name of the song is, so hopefully this is helpful!
last winter, josh got eleanor her own little CD player and within a few days, she knew the chorus to sabotage by the beastie boys and i was like, “wait. what?!” but i do think a lot of this music is full of so much inspiration and escape and power, and it’s never too early to introduce them. after all, she was only 9 months old when we took her to her first concert (beirut in richmond virginia), so in our opinion, i guess it’s never too early.
while we listen to the majority of our music now through our digital playlists, sometimes it’s fun to pull out all the old CD’s, have the kids pick one, and play it for them. we’ve been trying to condense all the old CD’s but we still have two big books of them, which we hold onto for whenever we rent a car so we can bring them along and listen while we drive. we let the kids DJ which means in-between every song we play, we have to play anna by will butler for conrad, because he can’t get enough of that one and requests it all day everyday. ;)
above are about 80 songs from our big playlist we created for the kids! (i don’t think the entire playlist shows up here, you might have to click into spotify to play them all.)
what are you guys listening to these days, and what are you kids loving when it comes to music?