the un-lullaby

I know that at some point, no matter how hard we try to resist, we’ll probably be sucked into the world of the Wiggles, the Fresh Beat Band, and whatever else little kids are listening to these days. But until then, I’m doing my best to find music that’s already in my collection that I can play or sing for Graham that is soothing and won’t drive Mommy crazy. He doesn’t know the difference, right?

My old standby that I sing to him over and over (and over) again when I’m trying to get him to fall asleep is “I Will” by The Beatles. Thanks to my parents, I feel like I was raised on The Beatles (my mom’s favorite) and anything motown (my dad’s go-to), so we’re doing our best to teach Graham good taste in classic tunes from an early age. “I Will” has yet to fail me in the “please fall asleep” department, it’s easy to remember all the words since it’s short, and it’s a charming little ditty sung by my favorite Beatle.

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What’s your favorite un-lullaby to play or sing for your little one?

love someone toniiiiiight

Every couple has those inside jokes and things they love to do together that no one else would ever find amusing. I can’t even believe how much Nick and I enjoy what I’m about to tell you, but it’s true, and it’s undeniable.

We love listening to Delilah together. Yes, she of cheesy music and commentary, and the schmaltzy tagline “Love someone tonight.”

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It all started last summer, when we spent many Sunday evenings driving home together after weekends spent down the shore. We’d be surfing the airwaves to find something good on the radio, and we’d happen upon Delilah. Soon enough, we were placing bets on what the next song would be (my dependable standby is “Wind Beneath My Wings”) and adding our own commentary to Delilah’s conversations with her callers. Sometimes we have to change the station when the actual music comes on because it’s just too cheesy to tolerate, but we always come back to hear more loves stories and Delilah’s advice. More often then not, one of us ends up in stitches of laughter when we’ve added our own little gems to the dialogue.

Dare I say, I now look forward to long Sunday night drives for a little dose of Delilah. I encourage YOU to love someone tonight :)

Monday music, vol. 53 (grand finale): Bye Bye Bye

Friends, after a year’s worth of Monday music tunes, I think it’s time to bid adieu to this little series. While I’m sure there are many, many more songs I could choose to brighten up your Monday morning, I don’t have as much fun coming up with new selections as I used to, and I don’t want to force it. I’ll still continue to post about musicians and songs that I love when something strikes my fancy — it will just be in a more organic fashion instead of every Monday.

On that note, I present to you the song you probably always expected I’d choose for the final Monday music selection… because really, is there any better option? Did you expect anything else from me?

Take it away, boys.

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Buy this song here.

Thanks for following along with Monday music over the last year! To see all of my selections, go here.

Monday music, vol. 52: Fireworks

Every Monday, I’ll be sharing a pick-me-up song with the hopes of helping you begin your week on a positive note. Happy Monday!

I have a serious soft spot for kids’ choirs. Did you see the story of Staten Island’s PS22 chorus on the Oscars pre-show last night, and hear them perform at the end of the show? I get a little misty-eyed when I watch these videos. Music education should always have this kind of impact on young people.

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Click here to see more of their videos.

Monday music, vol. 51: The Cave

Every Monday, I’ll be sharing a pick-me-up song with the hopes of helping you begin your week on a positive note. Happy Monday!

My current obsession — the band and, more specifically, this song.

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Buy this song here.

Monday music, vol. 50: L-O-V-E

Every Monday, I’ll be sharing a pick-me-up song with the hopes of helping you begin your week on a positive note. Happy Monday!

One of my all-time favorite classic love songs. Take it away, Nat. And happy Valentine’s Day to you!

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Monday music, vol. 49: Animal

Every Monday, I’ll be sharing a pick-me-up song with the hopes of helping you begin your week on a positive note. Happy Monday!

A new favorite. Thanks to Lara for introducing me to this song!

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Buy this song herecurrently available for FREE (legally) on Amazon.com.

Monday music, vol. 48: Good Day Sunshine

Every Monday, I’ll be sharing a pick-me-up song with the hopes of helping you begin your week on a positive note. Happy Monday!

There is currently snow and slush everywhere and my car is parked on top of a mountain of snow. I am so over winter. I need some sunshine.

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PS – there was no Monday music for the last few weeks because I could not upload YouTube videos here anymore — thanks to Katie for recommending YouTuber as a perfect fix!