I’m not a fan of lullabies. Well, unless they are originally sung by rock stars of the ’80s and ’90s. Then, I’m all in.
Screw that little star. We don’t care where you are. We don’t sing hush to any babies in this house. Don’t even get me started on that rock-a-bye song. If you haven’t realized already, we don’t sing traditional lullabies here at The Triplet Farm. From day one I have belted out Bob Dylan, Tom Petty, Guns N’ Roses, and The Police, to lull my babes to sleep. The four songs I’ve repeated for so long are lullabies you won’t mind singing every night.
I have one very fond memory of my mom rocking me to sleep in our old orange rocking chair. She sang “Angie” by the Rolling Stones while I quietly and comfortably stared out the window and watched the moonlight make our living room glow. It is that memory that made me decide that I would never sing those old and sometimes just plain weird lullabies to my children.
More than 30 years later, the first song that I ever sang to my babies was an oldie, but goodie – “Make You Feel My Love” by Bob Dylan. Although I am more familiar with the Garth Brooks or Adele version, the message remains the same…pure and simple love. This song has been a great comfort to me since the first time I heard it many years ago. It’s been an absolute favorite ever since.
Tom Petty’s “Free Fallin’” brings back such happy memories of my mom and dad singing and dancing together in our house out in the country. It’s no surprise that when trying to think of something to soothe my babies to sleep, this is one of the first songs that popped into my head.
“If you know me and my family than you know that my love of music comes from my Dad. He is a fanatic, a collector, a hobbyist. For as long as I can remember music has been a part of my life. And it is because of him that it is still a part of who I am today. For that, I am so grateful.”
Among many other bands, Guns N’ Roses played a crucial role in my growing up. I mean, what 8-year-old knows “Welcome to the Jungle” or “Paradise City” by heart? This 8-year-old did. And her 6-year-old sister did too. Again, when brainstorming songs to sing “Sweet Child O’ Mine” immediately popped into my head. I have changed it up a bit to give it a more relaxing tone rather than mimic the screechy (but fantastic) voice of Axl Rose. Although it was written about his girlfriend, it’s like Axl wrote this song for me knowing that one day I’d have 3 blue eyes babies to sing it to.
Of all the song lyrics that I know by heart “Every Breath You Take” by the Police is another one that means so much to me. It’s one of what seems like a million songs I remember being played at our house over and over again. It’s the perfect love song in my opinion, but Sting wrote it with another idea in mind. To him, it’s a depressing and ugly song about jealousy. I beg to differ. My kiddos love me singing “Oh can’t you see / You belong to me / How my poor heart aches with every step you take.”
Music makes me forget that I cannot dance to save my life. Music makes me cry and has helped heal my broken heart more times than I can count. It is my getaway from my sometimes stressful life. I can’t live without it. Those things I want for my children too. And I decided long ago that singing old, tired, worn out lullabies were not going to turn my babes into the music fanatics I hoped they would be, the music fanatics that they are today.
Do you sing any non-traditional songs to your kiddos? I’m thinking of adding “Remedy” by Adele to the lineup. Have you heard it? It about her 3-year-old son and it is pretty perfect. “When the world seems so cruel / And your heart makes you feel like a fool / I promise you will see / That I will be / Your remedy.”