Monday, July 14, 2008

Mad Musical Monday.

Did y'all have fun with last week's 80's musical shoutouts? I, for one, loved it! Some of you went into anaphylactic shock over my fabulous female flashbacks of 20 years ago, and for this I'm sorry. Didn't I promise y'all new musical selections each week? I did. Here goes...

This week I'm throwing tune love your way courtesy of my children, Libbey (6 1/2) and Caroline (2 1/2). Before you click out of Lulaville with thoughts of the Wiggles, Backyardigans and Hannah Montana running through your pretty little heads, let me assure you there's not a kiddie song in the bunch. I promise. This is Lula talkin' to you here...I'm raising 'em right, y'all. These kids of mine love Ray Charles, John Mayer, Coldplay, and anything Watermark ever released. And please don't even get Libbey started on her boyfriend, Keith Urban. Likewise, let's not mention Cyndi Lauper to Caroline or else I'll be forced to play "Girls Just Want To Have Fun" for the 17th time today.

The girls have their own playlist on my iPod (and--ahem!--cough, cough--Libbey has her own iPod. It's all minty green and sweet. It's spoilage of the highest level--thank you Papaw Sonny. Yes, you've been outed!) and I'll be the first to admit it's a rather enjoyable listening experience. I asked them to share with me their 3 favorite songs as of late, and their answers may surprise y'all.

We are definitely cut from the same cloth, my eldest child and I, in millions of ways. I am loving her penchant for all genres of music. When I asked her what song she'd like me to put on Lulaville, Libbey scanned the jukebox of her mind, wanting just the perfect choice. "The new one from Coldplay, mommy?" Yeah, we're loving "Viva La Vida" around here. "No, wait...um...I know...Amos Lee!"

We're big Amos Lee fans in this house and Libbey's favorite is "Sweet Pea." I so love this child...she is fun...she is unique...she has a great ear for music.

Without having to ask sweet Caroline, I knew what she'd select. But I asked because I love her. And I was right...she and I are tight like that.

"Here Comes the Sun" by the Beatles. The video is from one of the numbers performed in Cirque du Soleil's LOVE, at the Mirage Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. Scott and I (along with my parents and brother) saw it last year and adored every wonderful minute. I pretty much love anything George Harrison ever wrote and performed. We are big BeatleManiaMopHeads...I'm glad the girls have caught on and are loving the Fab Four right along with us. Caroline is cultivating some awesome musical tastes. She's so hard rockin'...and I so love her.

The girls' final selection was a surprise...not because of the particular song, but because both girls suggested I include it, with Caroline repeating the title over and over again. And again. And yet again. OK, honey--I heard you the first 43 times! This is a way-backer for me, as it was popular exactly at this moment 10 years ago. Impressed with my memory? You should be. But it's also because Scott and I were courting 10 summers ago. The moment we'd hear the opening strains, we'd start making out. Literally.

Faith Hill's, "This Kiss." Thank you, Beth Nielsen Chapman, for co-writing this song and enabling two lovebirds in their quest to become better maker-outers.

We climbed into the MomVan Friday evening to drive into town and eat bad Mexican (the only kind we have around here), and both girls requested this on the iPod. I attempted my, "When Daddy and I were dating years ago" story, but Libbey promptly put an end to it, sighing, "We know, Mommy--you've told us this before--and you can't believe this song is 10 years old, right?" Is she 6 or 16? I'm just sayin'.

These girls of mine...oh, I just wanna hold 'em so tightly and keep 'em from growing, because we love their ages right. now. And I love traveling anywhere with them in tow, knowing it won't be hour after hour of "I wanna hear Dora Dance Party!" Yes, they do request the occasional Aly & AJ (that would be Libbey, of course), and Caroline rather enjoys Miley Cyrus. I can take these requests...because in between, I know a little Aqualung, FFH, Blondie, or Electric Light Orchestra will be blaring from the speakers. Eclectic we are!

Feel the music, y'all...love the music, y'all...get your groove on, and get your week a-hoppin', courtesy of the Litton Girls.

*Just now Caroline said, "I wanna hear the 'Ping-Pong' song, Mommy...pease!" I. Kid. You. Not. The child wants to sing along to some Enrique. Tell me you don't think this is hysterical. 'Cause it so is! But oh, no...Lula will NOT be posting the video from said song, as none of us need to start our week with scantily clad skinny girls making out with Latin Crooner Junior. See how I take care of y'all? Oh, but yes.

19 comments:

ugagirl30 said...

I know...my 2yo requests All American Rejects. My 4 yo knows every song that comes on the radio. It is so scary and cute.

John Deere Mom said...

We love Sweet Pea. It is on my iPOD right now. My hubby fell in love with the song when it was a Cingular commercial and often sings it to Little Miss and me. Cute!

Kelly said...

danny is sooooo square. his favorite song is the abc song, and he just now developed an interest in itsy bitsy spider.

Hot Tub Lizzy said...

Not only are WE the same person, our kids are. I LOVE my girls' musical tastes and laugh when I hear them singing when no one knows they are listening..

Right now my oldest is ADDICTED to Elvis and the Beach Boys...

Gert is adoring Kiss... don't ask.

Heather said...

Oh, I do love "This Kiss". I can't believe it's 10 years old either!! You're raisin' those girls right, momma. No Wiggles for us here either. Noooooo. We're all into Muse (Time is Running Out) and Cat Stevens (Wild World). Very eclectic. Love it!

Kat said...

We are so eclectic here, too. My girls know all the words to Abba songs...and American Pie. And Hannah Montana keeps sneaking in...

CaraBee said...

Your girls have great taste in music! Good job to mom and dad for guiding them. I can't believe this song is 10 years old either, wow, where does the time go?!

Insane Mama said...

This kiss is ten years old??? We haw I feel older and older...
I'm so glad I am not the only one that doesn't allow wiggles

Karen said...

I really like those three songs, but I can't believe that 'This Kiss' is 10 years old!!! Where did the time go???

I saw the Beatles when they toured NZ, way back in the 60's. I had a seat right down in the front and was so upset that I couldn't hear them. The girls behind me, to the side of me and in front of me, were screaming so loudly.

Even at that age, I couldn't understand why people would pay money to go to a concert and then make so much bleedin' racket, that they couldn't hear the music!!

Mama Dawg said...

Sorry, sweetie. I can only get behind #2. Never heard of #1 and #3 I can't stand because it was SO overplayed that even 10 years later, it still makes me change stations.

Please don't hate me!

Drama Mama said...

Glad to hear about the new COLDPLAY CD- I'm gonna download it!

KimmyJ said...

Must be something common between SITStas and teaching our kiddos to love some good music! Although when I just asked Little Chief his favortie, he said, Smack Dat...well, ok, not so much.

Kim said...

You seemed to have forgotten Caroline's faves for this summer,
"Oh i" otherwise known as Outrigger Island and "A-a-wiki" and we can't forget "Jesus is Messiah"...those wonderful VBS 2008 songs!

Kim said...

Oops! I forgot Libbey's favorite from Saturday, "Sixty Minute Man"! Gotta love that one!

Debbie said...

NO WIGGLES. EVER. AGAIN.

Whew I feel better.

Love Ally and AJ...and Hannah Montana...

Robin said...

I tried posting earlier so if I double comment, I am so sorry. I am over the mountain in Kingsport, TN. It's a small world, huh? I wrote earlier that I love you musical Mondays. And my girls aren't into the typical kid music either. Now, my 9 year old loves Miley, but she has seen U2 twice now. And my 5 year old yells turn it up when she hears One Republic or Fergie. What can I say? I trained them for me, not other way around!

Swirl Girl said...

Lula - tag you're it!

I love all musical genre....too!

Rhea said...

I love that your kids listen to great music! Very, very cool!

I'm really enjoying my boys lately, and I don't want them growing or changing right now either! All too soon they're going to be grown up and gone! Love em.

Teri said...

My kids and I have been listening to the same stuff since they were born. All genres, all years, lots of alternative rock, especially. We love Arcade Fire, Muse, Foo Fighters, The Stones, etc.