About a year ago, I made an iTunes playlist of music I'd like to sing to my theoretical future child (let's call him or her "TFC"). I'm not much of a singer (although WP, who's tone deaf, thinks I'm great), but I do love to sing. And I'm a believer in manifesting-- both as a spiritual event and a practical tool. So I created a list of my favorite songs from childhood (Free to Be You and Me, anyone?), and my favorite child-related songs from adulthood. Some of them are about being kids, some are about the wishes and hopes and dreams I have for TFC, some are just about the kind of world I'd like TFC to live in.
Now, who knows how long it will be until TFC gets here. (If my crap-ass ovulation chart is any indication, it's gonna be awhile.)
But my writing partner, WP, is fast closing in on her due date. Her baby, the lovingly nicknamed (by me) Mixed Nuts, will be arriving in just a couple months. And then WP will a mom. And Mixed Nuts will be one very lucky baby. Which makes me all mushy and teary and totally girly.
So, in honor of Mixed Nuts, here's the list:
Godspeed (Sweet Dreams), Dixie Chicks
If You Want to Sing Out, Sing Out, Cat Stevens
In from the Outside, Chris Trapper
William's Doll, Alan Alda & Marlo Thomas, Free To Be...You And Me
Precious, Annie Lennox
Lullabye (Goodnight, My Angel), Billy Joel
You Are My Sunshine, Carly Simon
Child of Mine, Carole King
The Long Road, Cliff Eberhardt (Duet With Richie Havens)
Free To Be... You And Me, The New Seekers, Free To Be...You And Me
Great Big World, Pierce Pettis
When We Grow Up, Diana Ross, Free To Be...You And Me
Lullaby, Dixie Chicks
Child Of Mine, Emmylou Harris
Lullaby (Group), Four Bitchin' Babes
Joy, George Winston
Parents Are People, Harry Belafonte & Marlo Thomas, Free To Be...You & Me
Mockingbird, Carly Simon
Believe It or Not, James Taylor
Why Walk When You Can Fly, Mary Chapin Carpenter
Tranquillo (Melt My Heart), Carly Simon
Great Big World, David Wilcox
Boy Meets Girl, Mel Brooks & Marlo Thomas
Secret o' Life, James Taylor
I'll Take Care of You, Dixie Chicks
You're Gonna Need This Memory, Pierce Pettis
Alligators All Around, Carole King
I Don't Know Why, Shawn Colvin
Feet of a Dancer, Maura O'Connell
I'll Stand By You, The Pretenders
Heavenly Day, Patty Griffin
My favorite is the Maura O'Connell song, "Feet of a Dancer." The refrain goes like this: "I hope you find the feet of a dancer, I hope you can sing in the rain, I hope you find all the easy answers to your pain. And I hope you find love and affection, from someone who'll care, I hope you find all the right direction everywhere... everywhere."
I'm just remembering that I sang those words to my grandfather as he died. I hope he found the feet of a dancer. I hope I do, too. I hope my future child does.
And you, too, Mixed Nuts. Dance.
What songs make you think of childhood? What songs would you add for the TFC or the Mixed Nuts in your life?