Nothing says ‘I love you’ like a Mixed Tape

Or in this case, a playlist.

I walked the hills of my neighborhood yesterday with the peanut in her stroller.  It had been a while since my iPod was charged (another bonus of packing – you find everything you ‘lost’) so I had a huge number of playlists to choose from.

I picked the one I made for my daughter right after she was born.

I am no musician.  I can’t read music.  But I do play an instrument – my voice.  While I may not be the greatest singer in the world, I can certainly hold my own.  The songs that inevitably end up being my favorites are ones that I love to sing.  Lullabies were not very high on that list.

My daughter’s official song is “Georgia Rae” by John Hiatt.  It reminded me of her even in utero so when she was born 22 inches long and 10 lbs. 1 oz., I cackled at the line “She don’t wanna play basketball.”  Plus my daughter’s name can be substituted for the refrain perfectly.  The lyrics are really lovely and John Hiatt is a favorite songwriter of mine.  He’s got a unique tone to his voice that floats somewhere between Joe Cocker and Ray Charles.  Listen to him.  Or at least that song.  You’ll know what I’m talking about.

Anyway, the thing that stuck out the most while I was listening to the songs I chose for the peanut’s “mixed tape’ was that I am a total sap!  Good lord, each song was more emotionally gooey than the next.  And here’s another zinger for you:  I still love every single one. 

Ugh!  What has become of me?!?!?!!  Have any of you been guilty of this unabashed mommy-gushing too? 

I had smiled the entire walk.  And believe you me, those hills are nothing to smile about!  But that positivity has to count for something, eh?

If you’re looking for a little “I grow humans, hear me cuddle” music for your own iPod, here’s my list of lovey-dovey, mommy music:

My Wish by Rascal Flatts
Something in the Way She Moves by James Taylor
Now That I Found You by Terri Clark
Over the Rainbow by Brother IZ
What a Wonderful World by Louis Armstrong
Georgia Rae by John Hiatt
Your Song by Elton John
Only Love by Wynonna Judd
She by Elvis Costello
Shower the People by James Taylor
Holdin’ You by Gretchen Wilson
Baby Mine by SHeDAISY

Why these songs?  Lyrics, baby.  I’m a girl to the core and lyrics get me every time.

Lines like “Yours are the sweetest eyes I’ve ever seen,”  “If it feels nice, don’t think twice,” or “Out of all the flags I’ve flown, one flies high and stands alone – only Love”  can apply broadly but take on new meaning when applied to your child.  And “She may be the beauty or the beast,”  “All that I need is right here.  Holdin’ You holds me together,” and “While you’re out there gettin’ where you gettin’ to, I hope you know somebody loves you” absolutely MUST be about children, I just never knew.

“Baby Mine” is from Dumbo, which may be the saddest Disney movie in the Universe and made me bawl even as a child because of the poor Mama elephant.  SHeDaisy does a really nice job covering this.  “From your head to your toes you’re not much goodness knows.  But you’re so precious to me, cute as can be, Baby of Mine.”  Rock your little one and sing that.  I DARE YOU NOT TO WELL UP.

My favorite by far is from “Georgia Rae” and says “There’s no telling what she might do before her doin’ days are through, but right now she can’t even crawl.” 

No telling, indeed, Peanut.  XO

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