I don’t know why, but I’ve been on a music kick recently. Maybe it’s because I recently cancelled our cable TV subscription and I’m just now realizing how music has become a replacement in my home.
Anyways, yesterday I shared a few artists I would vehemently discourage my daughter from listening to, so it’s only fair that I share a few songs I love for her to hear. Nope, I’m not talking about Kidz Bop or even nursery rhymes–I’m talking about popular music that actually has lyrics I want my daughter to hear.
Sure these songs were probably written as romantic love songs, but a lot of words perfectly express sentiments parents should want to their kids to know. So open up your iTunes and download these accidental children’s love songs stat!
1. Ray LaMontagne, You Are The Best Thing. I mentioned this post last week and it’s worth sharing again. I wouldn’t focus on the verses, but when the chorus comes on blast it and sing it at the top of your lungs for your kid.
2. Bruno Mars, Just the Way You Are. My daughter and I were jamming out to this one last night and that’s when it struck me how applicable the lyrics were to my little girl. “When I see your face, there’s not a thing that I would change, ’cause you’re amazing, just the way you are.” Every child should hear that. Often.
3. Amel Larrieux, Even If. This one is kind of an oldie, but the lyrics in both the verses and the chorus are simply beautiful. For example, even though there is a death reference, this could totally be from a lullaby: “There’ll be a time, when I’m gonna have to leave this sweet place behind, but baby before I go, I gotta make sure you know, about the joy that you bring to my life.” And it doesn’t hurt that Amel’s voice is like that of an angel.
4. Coldplay, Green Eyes. My favorite line from this song is, “I came here with a load, and it feels so much lighter since I met you.” In all the craziness of parenting, it’s amazing how having a child puts all the stuff that used to stress you out before in perspective. Of course, this song is even more fitting if your child has green eyes.
5. Mariah Carey, Whenever You Call. I am a Mariah fanatic and this is one my favorite ballads by her. The opening lyrics are so moving, but when you put them in the context of your relationship with your kids, they’re even more so. “I won’t ever be too, far away to feel, and I won’t hesitate at all, whenever you call.” Are you crying already?
Okay, your turn. Share some of the non-kiddy songs you love playing for your kids in the comments.
P.S. Isn’t that baby jamming in headphones in the pic above the most adorable thing ever?!
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