My niece, Miss M
Today's theme was inspired by two events. First, I was having a random discussion with my sister and she told me my niece had chosen a favorite song, Katy Perry's "California Girls." We laughed about it at the time and I remember thinking I needed to expand her horizon's and get her out of the bubble-gum pop world. A few days later I saw a post on NPR about a 6th grade student whose assignment was to bring in a pop song that was positive or inspirational and related to his current studies in Social Smarts. Katy Perry features in the article (as a not so great example.) Take a minute to read this one - it's great and, oh how I wish I'd gotten assignments like that in school.
I spent a couple of days thinking about the topic of the NPR article - and here's where I ended up. I LOVE the fact that my sister hasn't turned her car into kiddie central where all that plays is kid music. I love that she is exposing my niece and nephew to different types of music (they also love songs from the Sound of Music.) And let's face it, at 3 my niece isn't old enough to understand what Ms Perry means when she sings: "California Girls we're unforgettable, daisy dukes bikini's on top, sun-kissed skin so hot, we'll melt your popsicle." BUT there is still a big part of me that wants to make sure the lyrics she hears and eventually starts to internalize have a bit more depth and present a positive message.
So, today I'm asking you to help me build a playlist for my niece (and your favorite kids!) of great, catchy songs with messages and lyrics that we would want those kids to claim as their favorite. Let me get us started:
Yael Naim - New Soul - "Hoping I could learn a bit about how to give and take."
Amy Studt - Just a Little Girl - "Don't ever underestimate what I can do."
Duffy - Distant Dreamer - "And when life gets tough and I feel I've had enough, I hold on to a distant star."
Missy Higgins - Steer - "You control where you go, you can steer."
Natasha Bedingfield - Freckles - "Why waste a second not loving who you are."
Sugarland - Stand Back Up "Sometimes I'm afraid and I don't feel that tough, but I'll stand back up."
Mindy Gledhill - Whole Wide World - "Maybe I'm just a little girl, a little girl with great big plans."
I put together our Just Breathe playlist Wednesday morning as I was waiting for the first of my contractors (tile guys) to arrive (I'm FINALLY getting this project started!) Your amazing songs completely saved my life as I tried to work downstairs while demolition happened upstairs - all - day - long. (I noticed a comment in YouTube on the songs by Ludovico Einaudi that said "This must be on God's iPod." Keep that quote in mind, I sense a future playlist theme....) These songs may just have saved my sanity. I have a feeling this list will be on constant replay for the next 3 to 4 weeks while work continues.
To here the entire playlist, click on the sideways triangle in the middle of the embedded player above. To skip to the next song, or to go backwards click on the < or > on either side of the player.
Thank you so much for your amazing Just Breath suggestions - if I were you, I'd bookmark this list - you never know when you'll need a bit of musical prozac in your life.
Don't forget to help me make a list playlist for my niece (and your little ones) by sharing songs with great messages (and beats) in the comments section below.