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.