Tuesday, November 17, 2009

You will know that I am gone

On my first post of the month, Little Miss Sunshine State asked what lullabies I'd be singing to the brachiopod when he arrives. When I was little, my mother sang a mix of lullabies ("Hush, Little Baby"), traditional songs ("Michael, Row Your Boat Ashore"), and Peter Paul & Mary. One of my favorites was the ant song, though she didn't sing the "to get out of the rain / Boom boom" part.

I suspect our own child will be serenaded with the songs I grew up with, and maybe a few others. Though I have to admit, the only song I'm sure I know all the lyrics to by heart is "The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia." No, I take that back. I'm sure I'll sing Camp songs to him, too.

While I was thinking about lullabies over the past day or so, I was also thinking about music other than lullabies that we can play for him. I have a suspicion that while he's very small, we'll pretty much play whatever we're in the mood for, and of course as he grows and becomes more parrot-y, we'll have to watch for language and content.

So far, he's only been given one CD of his own, and it's a really good one (Here Comes Science by They Might Be Giants). I've also listened to the Barenaked Ladies' kids' album Snacktime and figure he'll have that one at some point, too, and I'm not opposed to a little bit of Raffi here and there. Other than that, though, not sure (and we're open to suggestions)!


  1. hmm...you need the "Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego" soundtrack. You can learn capitals, and countries, and all about Indiana that way. :)

  2. Oo, oo, you need a copy of 'Singin' in the Bathtub' by John Lithgow. Yeah, from 'Third Rock from the Sun'. 'Everyone Eats When they Come to my House' and 'The Codfish Ball' are my faves.

    I mostly just sang Eagles songs to my girls when they were babies, I do a pretty mean "Peaceful Easy Feeling."

  3. I sang a lot of Beatles songs.

    Bathtub time was when I played CD's for the kids. Raffi was one of our favorites. They also liked Joe Scruggs. His website is

  4. Snacktime is in heavy rotation at our house. My older son is obsessed with the beach boys (my fault) and the younger loves Surfin' Bird. 50s-60s music is great for kids because it's so melodic and the songs are short.

    I sing "goodnight sweetheart" to #2 before I put him to bed. And I used to sing "Misguided Angel" to #1. You'd be surprised what comes out of your mouth when you rock your baby.