This morning, after a full week of feeling sick and sleeping in, I got up with the kids.
Except, I wasn’t quite ready to get up, nor was I feeling my best, so I decided that while we were “up” we could snuggle on the couch watching music videos for a good hour before starting our real day.
I will share with you our playlist, but I have to say, it is going to seem painfully unoriginal, as I have recently written about most of these songs, but that’s how things work in our house (and, presumably in the house of anyone who has children; a song gets stuck and is everything until the next song comes and takes it’s place. There was a six month David Bowie streak during my pregnancy with my son–my daughter was obsessed–which means that I can no longer listen to “Starman” without feeling queasy).
So, our morning soundtrack sounded a little bit like this:
Uptown Funk, our go-to dance party song of the moment,
which led us, by way of Mark Ronson, to “Valerie” as it is a song I sing with my band, both acoustic and electric,
which took us to “Summer Nights”,
followed by “You’re the One that I Want”, both from Grease, which is still in her top two favorite musicals of the week;
I asked her if we could listen to “Somebody to Love” as it a) now has a special meaning to me and b) is an amazing song;
She was allowed to choose next, and picked this song, something she listens to with her dad on the way to school;
Then it was Elvis Costello’s “Oliver’s Army”, which I am shocked that I have not previously written about; I almost can’t believe it to the point that I am skeptical of the accuracy of my search function on this site. “Oliver’s Army” defined my family vacation car rides with my parents and sister. We both thought it was called “Oligazombie”.
Then, for my son, his favorite song (I’ll let you figure out the one about which I am referring; he is decidedly less fickle than my daughter. He finds a song and sticks to it).
And watching my kids dance, and watching them experience music, something that is so important to me, was the perfect way to start the day.
May your day be filled with a lot of funk, somebody to love, a minimal amount of lumps, no zombies and, of course, that bass.
By the way, the featured image for this post is a photo from about 25 years ago, when I first got into “Oligazombie”, Queen and Musical Theatre; Since it’s #tbt and all, I figured I’d go with it.