I sing my boys to sleep every night. The little one lights up when he hears a song, and the older one is starting to sing along. This holiday season I’ll try to remember the real gifts we give, and this one is a love of music. Here are my favorites.
The Book of Love, Magnetic Fields
– so simple, I have long loved this song
Stewball, Perer Paul and Mary
– my late stepmother used to sing this, it makes me feel like I am giving them something of her
The Parting Glass, old Irish song
– my dad introduced me to it through the Wailing Jennys version
Turn Around, as sung by Nanci Griffith
– can’t not cry while singing this to a newborn
Didn’t Leave Nobody but the Baby, Emmylou Harris, Alison Kraus, Gilliam Welch.
– what a round up
Where Have All the Flowers Gone, as sung by Peter, Paul and Mary
– my little one likes the high notes
Boots of Spanish Leather, Bob Dylan
– I have just always loved this song and so my kids must as well
This Land is Your Land, Woodie Guthrie
– because my dad used to sing it and all I want to do is go road trip/camping with these little guys.
500 Miles, Rosanne Cash put this on an album called The List, based off a list of songs that her dad compiled as the most important songs in American music. Who am I to argue with Johnny Cash?