Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Our Soundtrack

The very first sound we hear is our mother's heartbeat. Then her voice. Then Abby heard The Beatles and Coldplay on the headphones I pressed against my belly. And this morning when I turned on her Putamayo kids CD, she started bouncing on her cloth-diaper bum and flapping her arms while desperately expressing an "ooo! ooo!" of satisfaction.
Music moves me. I know it moves Abby. And even though Rich bungles most song lyrics, I know it moves him too. (He once thought the song "Last Resort" by Papa Roach was about a vacation at a resort. Ugh)
I think it's lovely to have a song in my head, and to know just what familiar chorus or melody would be the perfect accompaniment to my mood, just like the perfect wine accompanies a dish splendidly.
I grew up with music in my house, and going to concerts in parks, (or if I was a really good girl, seeing Sharon, Lois and Bram at the Congress Centre in downtown Ottawa). I will happily provide the same experiences for Abby (unless she asks to see the Wiggles. They creep me out).
We make music in the kitchen, music when we play, music on our walk, lullabies before bed, songs in the car, music in the bath.

Here is the soundtrack of my life:
Waking up: "New Soul" by Yael Naim
Breakfast: "ABC, 123" by Jackson 5 then "Dancing in the Streets" by Martha and the Vandellas
Our Walk: "Baby, One More Time" by Britney Spears, "Stop" by the Spice Girls or repeating "ABCD, Twinkle Twinkle and Baa-baa Black Sheep" over and over if Abby is fussy
Lunchtime: The Garden State Soundtrack, "Eight Days a Week" by The Beatles
Abby's naptime, when I get to do "me" things: "Giant Steps " by John Coltrane
Dinner Prep: "Life in Technicolour" by Coldplay, "Could you be Loved," by Bob Marley
Eating Dinner: "High and Dry" covered by Jamie Cullum, "Better Together" by Jack Johnson
Dishes: "Single Ladies" by Beyonce or "Bad Romance" by Lady Gaga (so Abby has something to scoot to while I ignore her and clean up! Inevitably we both end up shakin our bootays)
Abby's bedtime: "Yellow" by Coldplay, "I Wanna Hold your Hand" by The Beatles
Running: "Right Here, Right Now" by Fatboy Slim, "I Feel Good" by James Brown
Before-bed activities: "Lost Without U" by Robin Thicke
And as I slip off to Neverland: "The Chimney Sweep Song" from Mary Poppins

I don't literally stop what we're doing to press the Play button all day long. Some of these songs play in my head, and variety being the spice of life, they do get shuffled around with my music-lovers' collection. I think this is a fitting insight to our day, though.
And now for a crescendo in the sound as Abby awakes from her nap!

1 comment:

  1. You are right- are we ever on the same page! love this post- how beautiful. i also love that music is so important to you- that you have your own soundtrack to your life.

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