A playlist for all your David Bowie tribute needs.
I don’t know where I’m going from here, but I promise it won’t be boring. – David Bowie
David Bowie, a master of re-invention, was more than an artist. More than just a performer. Through his life and music he embodied the idea that all we have to be is who we are. It’s a sad thought that it’s come to an end, yet sharing all of his ground breaking cultural contributions with our kids can be a spark that ingnites something in them. And that’s infinite.
We’ve put together some of the most universally loved songs and videos for you to share with your kids today or any day.
For the past nine plus years, I’ve sung this song nearly every night.
I suppose I had an average affinity for it as a child. However, as a parent, Ernie’s sentimental ballad about wanting adventure minus the homesickness, instinctively became my go-to lullaby. I learned the words quickly, but would wind down into a hum after round twenty or so. Occasionally, I’d even put myself to sleep. By the time my son could talk, he’d snuggle up under the covers and whisper, “moon song!” as though perhaps I’d forgotten. Eventually, I tried new ones, but it always came back to Ernie.
Suddenly, one night as I started to sing, he clamped his hand over my mouth and demanded, “No song.”
It was a good four year run. Somewhat mournfully, I laid beside him silently until he fell asleep. (“Snuggle me. But don’t sing.” was the nightly request.)
Then my daughter was born. A person to sing to who couldn’t protest! Technology had advanced to the point that the lyrics to any song I could imagine were in my pocket. I’d nurse her for hours learning and expanding my repertoire. Despite the many numbers in rotation, “the moon song” stayed at the top of the charts.
Recently, one night, as I put both of them to bed, my son requested a song for the first time in years.
“Mom? Remember that song you used to sing sometimes about an airplane? Would you sing that?”
I tried to hide just how eager I was to fulfill this request as I quietly started in on John Denver’s “Leaving on a Jetplane”. By verse two, he slowly pulled the covers up almost over his face. Moments later, I heard a sniffle.
“Oh! Are you crying? I’m sorry!”
He tossed the comforter over his head, muffling his voice as he replied, “No. But don’t sing that any more.”
He’s right. That’s a really frigging sad song.
Tears or no tears, I love those last moments of the day with my kids. Ushering them to sleep with melodies that have become part of our fabric makes me feel like I’m doing at least one thing right.
We’ve previously mentioned how much we love Sparkle Stories. They produce wonderful original audio stories full of non-preachy life lessons, happiness, and humor for kids up to about third grade.
Basically, Sparkle Stories is the antidote to the crappy, commercialized, dumbed-down entertainment kids are usually subjected to.
Sparkle Stories is offering two series that are perfect for the end of summer vacation.
“Back to School” Audio Book
These three stories are designed to ease the back-to-school transition for kids (and by extension, their grown-ups).
In “Zebra Stripes,” Clancy is starting first grade and worries he won’t fit in.
Young Cami is hesitant to go to school for the first time until she meets “Mr. Salamander.”
In “The School Master,” a boy named Micajah moves for the umpteenth time and must join a new school.
This series is the perfect thing to play in the car while driving home on your summer family road trip. They’ll inspire excitement for the adventures yet to come.
Martin & Sylvia “Travel!” Audio Book
This series features five stories and nearly two hours of audio for traveling families. Martin and Sylvia are traveling from New England to California via car, plane, and train. Along the way, they play a heap of games.
While listening to this story, you and your kids will come away with new ideas for travel fun. Find the Martin & Sylvia “Travel!” Audio Book here. At that link, you can also download a printable game sheet, featuring three original travel games.
Sparkle Stories Podcast
An easy way to sample all that Sparkle Stories offers is via their free weekly podcast with a free story. It was featured by Apple as one the “Best of 2013.” View the podcast on iTunes. They also produce an excellent blog, full of recipes, crafts and wonderful writing. Visit SparkleStories.com.
Allegedly it’s national karaoke week. We’re not saying these are our favorite songs. We’re just saying they sound awesome when you belt them out after you’ve had a few drinks. Or, whenever you commandeer your kids’ karaoke machine.
Once you have kids, there’s no reason to instantly sully your music collection with the song stylings of chubby purple dinosaurs and endless loops. Save your brain cells and expand theirs with music you actually want to hear via our weekly curated playlists.
“Nothing I had done before did anything to prepare me for you.”
Motherhood is the juxtaposition of many things. Badassery and softness. Energy and exhaustion. Who we are, versus who we thought we were.
On Swale’s 2014 album, The Next Instead, keyboardist and singer, Amanda Gustafson delivers a startlingly honest and beautiful song about her experience as a new mother. More than appropriately titled, Beaten Down, it was written as a sort of lullaby to her first child. Like many of the songs she writes, it began with the melody and the first line. (“I thought I was beaten down, then you beat me down.” SING IT, SISTER.)
“It’s like a ghost shows up, and then I have to figure out why it’s there.”
Thankfully, she did.
It seems impossible that our journeys as parents are so unique yet so universal at the same time. But there’s not a single lyric that doesn’t have to push its way past the lump in my throat as I sing along (What would I give for that voice?) It resonates, from beginning to end.
“The feeling of being beaten down is coming face to face with the reality of what I’m going to mother like. And that’s a hard realization. Because you will be mad at an infant.”
The video, shot at the Northern New England Golden Gloves of Vermont,spanned less than three weeks from concept to shooting . And while Shem Roose shot footage of several different fights of both men and women, it became clear during the editing there was only one match they wanted to use. Hannah Rodrigue vs. Anna Gagnon. (The fact that their uniforms matched the band’s clothing and instruments was a complete coincidence.)
“This feels very particularly a woman’s fight. The pressure that we put on ourselves to be kind and loving and sweet mothers- that’s our expectation of ourselves and the battle is to be that all the time.”
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