My son has been exposed to words since I first learned I was pregnant. Since that time, I’ve been talking to my son. Well - talking to him, reading to him, singing to him. Before my son was born, I compiled a special playlist, songs that I thought conveyed the sentiments I was feeling as I prepared for the birth of my first child. Ryan’s playlist included:
Can’t Take My Eyes Off You
Can’t Help Falling in Love
What a Wonderful World
Ain’t No Mountain High Enough
I’ll Be There
Dream a Little Dream of Me
I’ll Stand By You
Some of those songs mean more to me than to Ryan (I’ll Stand By You). Other songs are our special songs (Angel Baby). Some are fun sing-aloud songs (Ain’t No Mountain High Enough).
When Ryan was an infant, there were plenty of nights he and I slow-danced to these songs until he was soothed and ready to go back to sleep. The songs on Ryan’s playlist will forever hold a special place in my heart (and I hope Ryan’s too).
But now that my son is four, he’s got his own “playlist.” There are certain songs that get Ryan singing and dancing (whether we’re driving in the car, cooking in the kitchen, or eating at Johnny Rockets).
Here are some of Ryan’s (current) favorite songs:
Lollipop (He’s liked that song since he was an infant)
Dock of the Bay (Grandpa introduced him to that classic)
No One (neither Ryan nor I know all the words but we still try and sing along)
The Lion Sleeps Tonight ( a song Ryan discovered while eating French fries at Johnny Rockets. He calls it “The Lion King Song”).
Forever in Blue Jeans (Mommy’s favorite Neil Diamond song)
Michael Jackson classics such as Billie Jean and Rock With You
For the time being, Ryan and I have similar musical tastes. I don’t know if it will last or for how long. But in the meanwhile, I’ll enjoy our mommy-son sing-a-longs.