There are all kinds of songs that make me think of my children.
There are the basic, top-of-mind songs that my children love, like Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star, the Trolls soundtracks, and the theme song for Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood. Of course, every time I hear those songs, I can’t help but think of my kids.
BUT those are not the songs I’m talking about.
The songs that truly make me think about my children I’ve gathered over my lifetime. I’ve heard them on the radio, discovered them via a new album by a beloved artist, or found them in a movie soundtrack.
These songs have found me at different stages of my life.
Depending on the stage, the song connected me to the child I hoped to have while I was trying to conceive, the child I was growing inside of me while I was pregnant, and the children I’m lucky enough to look at every day now that they’re here with me.
Here are three of my favorite songs that remind me of my children:
- Lullaby (Goodnight, My Angel) by Billy Joel. I grew up listening to Billy Joel with my parents. So, when I heard this song that Joel wrote for his daughter many moons ago, I felt it represented my connection with my parents and the connection I dreamed of having with my future children. The lyrics of this song beautifully capture the connection between a parent and child, one that cannot be severed despite time and distance. I sometimes sing this song to my children at night. “Someday, we’ll all be gone, but lullabies go on and on…They never die. That’s how you and I will be.”
- Cecelia and the Satellite by Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness. You may recognize Andrew McMahon’s name as he has been in several bands, including Something Corporate and Jack’s Mannequin, over the many decades I have followed his music. McMahon wrote this song for his daughter, Cecelia, and I think my favorite lyrics are: “for all the things my hands have held, the best by far is you.“
- It Won’t Be Like This for Long by Darius Rucker. Rucker’s lyrics honestly capture the struggles of being a parent. Specifically, the song lays out the difficulty of trying to appreciate the moments we are in, knowing they are fleeting and that we will miss them and want them back. Whenever I hear this song, I let it serve as a reminder that I need to slow down and snuggle my babies while I can. After all, “this phase is gonna fly by,” so I’m trying to hold on, “‘Cause it won’t be like this for long.”
So if you’re looking to feel all the feels, want to find a special song to share with your child, or simply want to add some new songs into the rotation, these are three good places to start. I know there are many other great options out there as well.