Dial Down the Chaos When You Turn Up This Playlist

by ParentCo. April 17, 2017

A dog is enjoying by listening music

It’s Sunday morning, but apparently, no one has told my kids that. They are in full-on Friday night mode, running laps around the kitchen island with action figures and makeshift weapons clutched in sticky fists. Why are their fists sticky? A fine dribble of maple syrup has slowly made its way down one of the table legs, and it’s now blotched with handprints and littered with dryer lint. Their siren squeals reach a decibel achieved previously only by prehistoric predators, and in the background, a horrible children’s song plays on repeat. Something about a pancake. I feel like I am living the opening scene of a pathetic housewife sitcom. The last thing I need is any more noise added to the mix. But when I turn off the kids’ music and switch on my Bluetooth speaker, the initial shrieks of excitement soon fade. “It’s our songs! It’s our songs!” my five-year-old cheers as he nudges his little brother. Both begin to bounce lightly to the rhythm, and soon their tiny hips are twisting to a lively beat, arms waving, mouths gloriously shut. I breathe a long sigh of relief. My go-to answer to the morning discord has come through for me once again. Music has long been my salve for any soulful chaos, and I’m not alone in thinking so. In fact, music has been proven to lower blood pressure, decrease stress hormones, and slow the pulse and heart rate. One study revealed that participants who listened to music had significantly faster recovery periods after exposure to stressors. Other studies have linked music to reduced pain and stress during medical procedures and hospitalizations. parent co is seeking writers to pay for original submissions It’s hard to avoid the stress in our lives. The world around us is in turmoil. My kitchen on that Sunday morning is just a microcosm of the bigger world outside our walls. It sometimes feels like it’s spinning in circles, a tornado around my kitchen island. Lately, I’ve needed music more than ever. So we created a family playlist. It’s light and soulful, and it helps us to shift from the pandemonium of our everyday lives to a calmer, happier rhythm. It isn’t kids’ music, but it’s kid-friendly. It isn’t dance music, but it certainly gets us grooving. It isn’t rock or hip-hop or country or alternative. It’s just good. These are songs we can all enjoy that carry messages of spreading love, sharing peace, and being hopeful about the future. It’s become a trigger for us all to stop whatever we’re doing, let the music fill our hearts, and dance. Couldn’t we all use a little more dancing? Check out our Family Playlist for Peace. Stream it on Spotify, or create your own family playlist for a little slice of calm in an otherwise chaotic world.

“Get Together” – The Youngbloods

Best lyrics: You hold the key to love and fear All in your trembling hand Just one key unlocks them both It's there at your command Come on people now Smile on your brother Everybody get together Try to love one another Right now

“Best Day of My Life” – American Authors

Best lyrics: I stretched my hands out to the sky We danced with monsters through the night Woah, woah I'm never gonna look back Never gonna give it up No, please don't wake me now This is gonna be the best day of my life

“If You Want to Sing Out, Sing Out” – Cat Stevens

Best lyrics: Well, if you want to sing out, sing out And if you want to be free, be free 'Cause there's a million things to be You know that there are

“Home” – Phillip Phillips

Settle down, it'll all be clear Don't pay no mind to the demons They fill you with fear The trouble, it might drag you down If you get lost, you can always be found Just know you’re not alone 'Cause I’m going to make this place your home

“Put a Little Love in Your Heart” – Jackie DeShannon

(We like the version by Renee and Jeremy best.) Best lyrics: If you want the world to know We won’t let hatred grow Put a little love in your heart And the world And the world Will be a better place For you and me You just wait and see

“Three Little Birds” – Bob Marley

Best lyrics: Rise up this mornin', Smile with the risin' sun, Three little birds Pitch by my doorstep Singin' sweet songs Of melodies pure and true, Sayin’: This is my message to you. Singin': Don't worry 'bout a thing, 'Cause every little thing gonna be all right

“I Can See Clearly Now” – Johnny Nash

Best lyrics: I think I can make it now, the pain is gone All of the bad feelings have disappeared Here is the rainbow I've been prayin' for It's gonna be a bright (bright), bright (bright) Sun-shiny day

“One Day” – Matisyahu

Best lyrics: All my life I’ve been waiting for I’ve been praying for For the people to say That we don’t wanna fight no more There’ll be no more wars And our children will play One day (one day), One day (one day)

“Shiny Happy People” – R.E.M.

Best lyrics: Everyone around love them, love them Put it in your hands Take it take it There's no time to cry Happy happy Put it in your heart Where tomorrow shines Gold and silver shine

“Wildflowers” – Tom Petty

Best lyrics: You belong among the wildflowers You belong in a boat out at sea Sail away, kill off the hours You belong somewhere you feel free

“Here Comes the Sun” – The Beatles

Best lyrics: Little darling, it's been a long cold lonely winter Little darling, it feels like years since it's been here Here comes the sun Here comes the sun, and I say It's all right

“Roar” – Katy Perry

Best lyrics: You hear my voice, you hear that sound Like thunder, gonna shake your ground You held me down, but I got up Get ready 'cause I've had enough I see it all, I see it now I got the eye of the tiger, a fighter Dancing through the fire

“Sunshine on My Shoulders” – John Denver

Best lyrics: If I had a day that I could give you I'd give to you the day just like today If I had a song that I could sing for you I'd sing a song to make you feel this way

“Imagine” – John Lennon

Best lyrics: You may say I'm a dreamer But I'm not the only one I hope some day you'll join us And the world will be as one



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