A Car Ride, Music, and Joy

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Every weekend we travel for more than an hour in the car to see family. Since the beginning of the year we've spent a lot of hours in the car and it can get dull. Recently though, with me trying to keep joy in mind, I've noticed the special, joyful things about those car rides, things like our love of music.

The Hubby and I love all different kinds of music, ranging from Rock to Classical. I can quite happily listen to the Sunset Boulevard soundtrack, then switch to Eminem's The Marshall Mathers LP2 (not while the boys are around though). With all the travel we've being doing we listen to a lot of music, it helps with the boredom.

What I've noticed recently though is that our love of music is contagious and the boys are starting to enjoy a wide range too. 


Early Influences




Our boys' music education started early on, like while they were growing in my tummy.

When I fell pregnant with BP everyone thought that by playing Mozart to the baby would make them smart. I thought I'd try it, I mean what could I lose right? He responded to it really well and began to recognise the music, he would even kick when I played it.

With LP I didn't have the time to sit and play music for him because I had a 4 year old at the time too. Instead LP was exposed to nursery rhymes, TV programme music, and our voices.

As babies they both got to listen to classical music while they fell asleep. We rigged up a player so they could listen to gentle music to fall asleep to and I think it helped them settle easier. By twelve weeks old they were both sleeping through the night (at least 6 hours), without interruption.


Current Influences


Throughout the years our boys have been exposed to all sorts of music. What kind of music we play really depends on what mood we're in. 



From Meatloaf to Ella Fitzgerald, from Mozart to Jean Michel Jarre, and everything in between. My boys have listened to a lot of music, some they enjoy, others not so much. They're not big fans of Michael Bublé (I blame their dad! Yes Hubby I mean YOU!), although LP does love the Spiderman song.



When we were in the car a few weeks ago we were playing one of our jazz playlists that I particularly enjoy. On the list is a track from The Talented Mr. Ripley soundtrack entitled Tu Vuo' Fa L'Americano, it's sung in Italian (I think) and it is one of my favourites because it reminds me of the movie. 

Anyway, this song came on as we drove along a particularly boring road. The great thing was the boys began singing along, in Italian-ish. They love the chorus and really try their best to sing along with it. They both sang at the top of their voices with giant smiles on their faces, and I grinned.

You see it was in this moment that I realised that we have influenced our children in a good way. We've taught them that there's a wide range of music to be enjoyed.

My boys singing their own version of that song made me laugh and filled my heart with such joy. 

It really is the smallest things that can bring you the biggest joy.

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36 comments:

  1. Italian singing will be a fabulous family memory!

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  2. I have been singing to alyssa since she was born and always play music - a vast range. So hopefully she will grow up loving it too!
    #pocolo

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    1. I'm sure she will! I think playing a wide range of music is really important. Xx

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  3. Oh I loved this post funny, your last line is just brilliant and so true. I am a music fan too but unfortunately my boys have their father's taste and love techno music. We have to listen to slam FM all the time, in the car and at home on the TV. It's driving me mad!!!

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    1. LOL autocorrect funny instead of hunny

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    2. Haha! I always have trouble with autocorrect! I can't stand techno music! It would drive me mad too. You'll have to try and play some decent music once in a while. ;)

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  4. Music is such a big part of my life, and I hope that it will be for Marianna too - I have such fun watching her bop about to different genres. My other half keeps sneaking on his opera though, which I must admit to having limited time for, using the excuse that the baby likes it. Hmmm... Lol. #pocolo

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    1. Opera is the one genre of music I have no time for! I do love classical music though, as long as there's not some wailing woman I'm happy! :)

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  5. Aww! How lovely. Music is a big part of our lives too....My girls like all sorts of music.
    My girls love Michael Bublé but I can't stand him. I blame my fella too :P x

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    1. Your girls have good taste! I love Bublé! Don't get to listen to him enough though. :)

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  6. Music can bring back so many memories and also stir such emotion even from the first time of listening to it. Not to get too technical but my hubby is/was a musician and often talks about techy stuff. I used to drive along to Classic FM when I was pregnant and often used to get a gentle kick! Thanks for hosting #pocolo

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    1. I agree, certain music can stir up such emotion. One particular song for me is "The Final Countdown", because the hubby played it in the car when I was on the way to the hospital to give birth to LP!! :)

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  7. It's great to be able to introduce the children to different genres of music. Today I discovered that the ironing was rather enjoyable if I blasted music out as I worked and the kids thought it was hysterical to listen to me too x

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    1. Anything to make the ironing go faster! I do that too and the he boys often make fun of my dancing. :D

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  8. So true, sharing music is a joy. I can't stand Michael Buble either

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  9. Lovely post and so true. It's great sharing music with our children. Italian singing sounds great!

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  10. Our kids all love music and go through phases of singing along in the car to their current favourite songs. Despite my best efforts, though, they're very much locked in to contemporary pop. The most commonly heard refrain in my car is "Oh, Dad, not Absolute 80s again ..." :-) #pocolo

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    1. Hehe, we get that too sometimes. However it's usually me asking the Hubby to not play The Prodigy again!

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  11. Hi Morgan, it's wonderful that your children are growing up learning to enjoy and appreciate all kinds of music. And my mood dictates what music I listen to too. Love some of Eminem's songs and Meatloaf's too, but just as happy listening to Eva Cassidy and The Stereophonics.

    xx

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  12. What a lovely moment with your boys singing along in the car. I love hearing my girls singing along in the back of the car too - moments like that are just magical :-)

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    1. Absolutely! It's all about those magical moments. :)

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  13. Great moment now captured in time. Love it!
    Thanks so much for linking to my Lovin' Life Linky!

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  14. Long car trips take longer without music and a good sing-a-long. I have many memories as a child of family sing a longs. I prefer the old rock songs, the gritty classics. I found you via the Lovin' Life Linky!

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    1. Thanks so much for stopping by Ruthie, it's all about making those lasting memories. :)

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  15. love this! my threenager loves listening to his older brothers ipod with him, currently their favourites are an interesting mix of Jess Glynne and the Minion fanfare!! #abitofeverything

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  16. This is how we have educated Grace in music! She loves it as a result. I never played nursery rhymes in the car, always a mixture of my sounds! We always record a special CD of music whenever we go on long car journeys too :) #PoCoLo

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    1. That's a great idea, we have playlists on the iPod, we always make sure we've got great tunes for our car trips! :)

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  17. It really is the little things that bring joy and help form family memories that you'll each treasure for many years to come. #PoCoLo xx

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    1. Thanks Steph, I do hope the remember the car journeys with as much joy as I do!

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  18. How wonderful to introduce your children into a different genre of music. I am not a buble fan either Thanks for linking #abitofeverything xx

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