A memory from when the kids were small (a reprise)

Reading Clive’s many posts on songs from the 1960s and 1970s, I was reflecting on some previous posts about favorite songs. This one was posted about six years ago after the insitgation of another blogging friend.

Our blogging friend Erika prompted a great memory with her Song of the Day post. This morning’s entry is “You are so Beautiful” sung wonderfully by Joe Cocker. A link is provided below. While this song was likely intended for romantic love, it works quite well for all kinds of love, in particularly the love of a parent for a child.

Although my kids are in college or just graduated now, I have the memory today of singing to them softly while I rocked them to sleep as babies. This was one of the songs that I sang. Definitely not being known as a singer, I sang a repertoire of songs that I knew the words to as well as could be sung softly. So, the ACDC and Deep Purple songs did not qualify, although Led Zeppelin’s “Stairway to Heaven” works well until the final verse.

My wife and I bought one of those glider chairs that we put in the nursery. That was one comfortable chair. In that chair, I sang a number of songs, based on how quickly the kids would nod off and were certain to stay that way. My list varied for my own sanity, but would include songs from artists like Jim Croce, Gordon Lightfoot, Peter, Paul and Mary, Bob Dylan, John Denver, Loggins and Messina, The Beatles, Bread, Harry Chapin and others that popped into my head or that I may have heard on the radio.

Invariably, I would include Joe Cocker’s song, as it had great meaning. But, Jim Croce’s “Time in Bottle” and “Photographs and Memories” were frequently sung. David Gates of Bread would appear with “If” or “Diary,” and Harry Chapin’s “Cats in the Cradle” served as a reminder to not forget what is important. The Beatles would often be included as their own evening of song drawing from “Yesterday,” “Something,” “Norwegian Wood,” and many others.

John Denver would sing through my voice “Follow Me” or “Take me Home, Country Roads,” while Gordon Lightfoot might pop in with “If you could read my Mind” or “Carefree Highway.” Loggins and Messina might be there to with Anne Murray’s “Danny Song” or “House on Pooh Corner.” And, Peter, Paul and Mary would show up with Bob Dylan’s “Blowing in the Wind” or Pete Seeger’s “Where have all the Flowers Gone?”

I am evidence that you need to not sing well to entertain a sleepy child. The key is some semblance of a soft tune and words that soothe. These are moments I cherish. When we are driving with one of the kids to school and one of these songs would come on the radio, if I was melancholy, I would tell the rider that I sang this to them when they were little. They are the best of memories and I cannot wait to rock a future grandchild to sleep.


17 thoughts on “A memory from when the kids were small (a reprise)

  1. Thanks for the mention, Keith. My singing voice is so bad that I’d never share it in public, but it was good enough for a lullaby. Those are magical moments, aren’t they? 😊

    • Clive, you are welcome. I won’t be singing for my supper any time soon as I might starve. You are right about the cherished moments. Keith

  2. What a surprise, Keith! I could not believe we are following each other for so long already, wow!
    I loved reading that post again. I can so relate to what you are saying. I too sang to my kids at bedtime, every evening. And I too become melancholic when I hear certain songs. I sang one of them at my daughter’s wedding. Very emotional when you have all those memories of that toddler in mind singing along.

    • Erika, that early date surprised me as well. Unlike Clive and me, and as evidenced by your being asked to sing at a wedding, your voice would be well worth listening to. Keith

      • Very nice, Keith. Thank you. But as you said, it is not how well you are singing but the warm and peaceful sound of the voice and the loving heart that sings it.

  3. Reblogged this on NANMYKEL.COM and commented:
    I will add some of mine in the reblog. You sure knowq how to stir up memories! Thanks. I was going to reblog your post on water, but prefer to feel good today rather than act out an imagined power. –Today, at any rate.

  4. Pingback: ♫ Cat’s in the Cradle ♫ (Redux) | Filosofa's Word

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