Josie loves to sing and loves to be sung to. A few weeks ago, she tired of our usual "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" and "Rainbow Connection" and said, "Sing me one of your different songs." I realized then that it's really, really hard to come up with an appropriate song off the top of your head while you're sitting in the dark in your kid's room at 11pm trying to get them to go back to sleep.
Research ensued, and I found some good suggestions, but since have thought up so many more!
- Lean on Me - Bill Withers. This led to a discussion of what "lean on" means, and Josie told me I could lean on her if I'm sad. 💓
- (Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay - Otis Redding
- If You Want to Sing Out, Sing Out - Cat Stevens
- Lullabye (Goodnight, My Angel) - Bill Joel
- Stand By Me - Ben E. King
- The Way I Am - Ingrid Michaelson
- Blackbird - The Beatles
- You've Got a Friend - James Taylor
- Songbird - Eva Cassidy (originally Fleetwood Mac)
Our old standbys:
- Part of That World from The Little Mermaid
- You Are My Sunshine
- Somewhere Over the Rainbow - Judy Garland
- When You Wish Upon a Star - I sing the Linda Ronstadt version
- Rainbow Connection - Kermit the Frog
- Hush Little Baby - I never knew there were different versions of this. Which way do you sing it? We do mockingbird, diamond ring, looking glass, billy goat, Shetland pony.
What songs to find yourself singing over and over again to your kids?