Monday, January 7, 2008

Song I Want to Sing to My Child No. 1

I am a music fiend.

I have filled up my entire 10,000-song capacity IPod and have not even begun to make a dent in our voluminous CD collection (this could be why my husband, M, and I are perpetually in debt and broke). I sing all the time (terribly) and hope my future child will love music as much as I do (but sing better).

I adore every type of music - from Mozart to Metallica (well, I only like a few Metallica songs, but yeah, I get them). If forced into a drunken game of "what 10 musicians' cd's will you take with you to a desert island," one that I've played a few times, I guess I would have to name as my 10 favorite artists* of all time not in order of preference as follows: 1) Otis Redding; 2) The Velvet Underground; 3) The Rolling Stones; 4) The Beatles (a choice which necessarily encompasses all of John Lennon's solo work); 5) The Pixies; 6) Simon and Garfunkel (oh my god, I love them); 7) Iggy Pop and the Stooges or any solo Iggy Pop; 8) David Bowie; 9) Sinead O'Connor; 10) Hank Williams; 11) Ray Charles; and 12) The Kinks. U2 and REM may be smuggled in.

Music is such an important part of my life (only in my capacity as a would-be connoisseur) that I often think of songs I want to sing to my child when he/she comes along. To that end, I have made a partial list of songs in my head already despite not being anywhere near having a child. (Plans for child when child is not imminent - that is another topic). One song that is definitely on this list is below. It poignantly captures a mother's unselfish love. It is so touching to hear - no one sings quite like Chrissie Hynde. Anyway, here is the song:


Kid what changed your mood
You've gone all sad so I feel sad too
I think I know some things we never outgrow
You think it's wrong
I can tell you do
How can I explain
When you don't want me to
Kid my only kid
You look so small you've gone so quiet
I know you know what I'm about
I won't deny it
But you forgive though you don't understand
You've turned your head
You've dropped my hand
All my sorrow, all my blues
All my sorrow
Shut the light, go away
Full of grace you cover your face
Kid gracious kid
Your eyes are blue but you won't cry
I know angry tears are too dear
You won't let them go
-- The Pretenders
Beautiful, isn't it? I can't wait to sing it to him or her.
* Since the act of choosing my 10 favorite artists to the exclusion of all others would an inherently unfair and cruel game, I unilaterally changed the rules of this game so that I get an extra one or two in there. First, I certainly cannot leave out Ray. And the Kinks - well they are just brilliant and underrated. Second, the Beatles and Rolling Stones should not count as actual choices, since they arguably transcend a comparison with other artists (oh my gosh, just realized I forgot Bob Dylan - I may have to revise this list in the future!).


Tracy said...

Songbird, by Fleetwood Mac

For you, therell be no more crying,
For you, the sun will be shining,
And I feel that when Im with you,
Its alright, I know its right

To you, Ill give the world
To you, Ill never be cold
cause I feel that when Im with you,
Its alright, I know its right.

And the songbirds are singing,
Like they know the score,
And I love you, I love you, I love you,
Like never before.

And I wish you all the love in the world,
But most of all, I wish it from myself.

And the songbirds keep singing,
Like they know the score,
And I love you, I love you, I love you,
Like never before, like never before.

Top 10 - that's a tough one.
1) Dave Matthews Band (and yes, that would be #1)
2) Tom Petty
3) Eric Clapton
4) Sheryl Crow
5) John Mayer
6) Elton John
7) Bonnie Raitt
8) Billie Holiday
9) Rolling Stones (the old stuff)
10) The Doors

Whew. Cool post.

Grayson said...

As someone who has tried to live out her dream of singing to a baby and never had it go quite the way I planned (no peaceful snoozing, shared tenderness, etc.), I will post the song I wanted to sing, which of course you already know: Blackbird, by The Beatles.

I'm not the biggest Beatles fan, but that one is so beautiful.

Ally said...

I think it's wonderful and hopeful that you have this song chosen to sing to your child. Words and actions have power and I think it's a strong statement to say *this* is the song I will sing to my child. No doubt or uncertainty there and I think the universe hears this.

Oh for what song I would sing to my own child? I guess I've never thought about it. Isn't that awful, especially in light of what I just said? My mom always sang to us as kids and I was a choir girl in school. I love music and I love to sing. I think I'll have to comb through my brain archives and give this some thought. Great post and great question.