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Unconventional Lullabies

Unconventional Lullabies

 

Bodhi and G are the same when it comes to a lot of things. The both love banana everything, they love to talk, move and are very curious creatures. They also share another love in common. One that I’ll admit I could do without. They love to NOT sleep. Both of them fight it. In the beginning it was difficult. Having a new baby and a toddler that won’t sleep wasn’t one of those precious memories early motherhood is all about. We thought we had tried everything, from mood lighting to ocean sounds and lets not forget everything lavender if it had anything to do with a sleeping baby, I tried it. None of it works.

One day something suggested we sing them lullabies, I’ll admit it’s something I never thought to try before but to my surprise it worked , only there was a little twist to it. They love music and enjoy when I sing to them. Even though to be honest I’m not the best singer, I have to say I’m not very musical. I don’t spend my time listening to music and learning about new artists. I have my husband for that. I’m more of the creator so when it comes to a set song list I don’t have one. So I stuck with kid classics, but songs like ‘Old McDonald’ or ‘Twinkle, Twinkle’ just weren’t cut in the Katz home. I tried both of those on the boys and G just looked at me like I was nuts, Bodhi well he screamed a lot and even more during my go at ‘Old McDonald’. My best guess is they may have felt a little insulted by my choices. In the middle of Bodhi’s screams I started to drift off and began thinking about my time with my grandma. We used to have a show we watched together that was a pretty popular one. The Wonder Years, it was something special we shared together and all of the sudden out of no where I just started singing, off-key and horribly, I sang Joe Cocker, ‘With a Little Help from My Friends’.

What would you do if I sang out tune?
Would you stand up and walk out on me?
Lend me your ears and I’ll sing you a song
I will try not to sing out of key, yeah

Oh, baby I get by with a little help from my friends
By with a little help from my friends.
All I need is my buddies
By with a little help from my friends
I said I’m gonna get by with a little
By with a little help from my friends

To my surprise it worked!! First Bodhi started with a smile and then slowly but surely he fell fast asleep. I teared up a bit because my grandma was a big part of my life, so having something special we shared comfort my little one really just gave me all the feels. Once I was able to get him down I tried it on G, and no bueno. Little man wasn’t having it, not the song for him. So I thought on my feet and came up with another tune. ‘Wanna be yours’ by the Arctic Monkeys. First I rocked him and sang, he liked that but still kept wiggling around. Finally I laid him in bed and rubbed his head and sang the song. Sure enough he was out. It happens to be our wedding song, it’s a humorous song with a romantic vibe to it.  At the time it was all that popped in my head but now I’m glad it did because it is a really special song for us and I love that G loves it as much as we do.

I wanna be your vacuum cleaner
Breathing in your dust
I wanna be your Ford Cortina
I will never rust
If you like your coffee hot
Let me be your coffee pot
You call the shots babe
I just wanna be yours

Secrets I have held in my heart
Are harder to hide than I thought
Maybe I just wanna be yours
I wanna be yours, I wanna be yours

So if you come over our house around bedtime each night you feel find a mix of soul, british rock, old soul, even a little Motown and  more recent pop for good measure. Below I’ve added a list of other tunes that we have also had success with!

 

  1. ‘Three Little Birds’ – Bob Marley
  2. ‘Golden Slumbers’ – The Beatles
  3. ‘Lean On Me’ – Bill Withers
  4. ‘Sitting on The Dock of The Bay’ – Otis Redding
  5. ‘At Last’ – Etta James
  6. ‘In My Life’ – The Beatles
  7. ‘You Can Close Your Eyes’ – James Taylor
  8. ‘Just The Way You Are’ – Bruno Mars
  9. ‘Love On Top’ – Beyonce
  10. ‘With a Little Help From My Friends’ – Joe Cocker


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