For the love of music.

For the love of music.

                 An image that has nothing at all to do with this post but still too cute not to share. 

Music has always always been a huge part of my life. I love music. I adore music. I listen to it literally ALL day long and ALL night long. I go to sleep with a variation of Lofi Hip Hop YouTube channels playing softly and usually have a curated Apple Music playlist on shuffle, blaring while I get dressed. While I'm at work, I have some other random Pandora station playing, be it Country, The Rat Pack, Hip-Hop, or even Salsa music, whatever I'm in the mood for, I have a station for it. Music is like water for me. I crave it, I have a thirst for it and there always seems to be a new song {or even a really good oldie} that quenches my thirst and I end up playing it over and over and over again. Never getting sick of it. Music speaks to me. If I'm feeling down, there is music. If I'm really excited, there is music. Lyrics, rhythms and beats just give me all kinds of feelings. I FEEL music in me. When I was younger you could always catch me singing and dancing around the living room. My Dad has a few home videos still to prove it. I wanted to perform all of the time. Funny how that stopped somewhere along the line. Or maybe it hasn't....

Jackson seems to have my same thirst for music as well. With every song that he hears he immediately asks "Momma, what's this?!" He needs to know the name of the song and the artist and he will repeat it and then somehow memorize both artist and title in that crazy smart brain of his. 

It's no secret that Jackson was born on Elvis' birthday and that I personally think that Elvis has been reincarnated into my 2-year-old because he dances and sings to his songs as if he were indeed The King and that is when I'm reminded of myself; dancing, singing and basically imitating the artist.  He can listen to "Suspicious Minds" ten time in a row and never get sick of it. He knows the words to so many different Elvis songs and I think my heart melts every single time I hear that voice of his singing along to them. But I also want him to know and appreciate other artists and genres. He already knows Cajun music, Country music {he can belt out a good Jason Aldean song as well}, The Rolling Stones {random? I know}, and a couple of weeks ago it was all about Jimi Hendrix and I can't help but smile and be so incredibly proud of this crazy smart child of mine that immediately says "You hear that guitar, you hear it?!" While raising one finger in the air and then proceeding to play air guitar like a boss.

I think music is such an important part of life. It tells stories, it raises emotions and brings back memories. I think it's important to introduce music into a child's life early on because it can ignite all areas of child development: social and emotional, intellectual, motor, language and literacy. Music also provides us with joy. Just think about how you feel on a warm summer day with the windows rolled down, hair blowing in the wind with your favorite song blaring through the speakers. That is joy.

This week and last have been all about Fleetwood Mac. Jackson demands "Big Love" to be played as soon as we get in the car and I have not one problem with it. How many 2-year-olds do you know that demands Elvis, Hendrix and Fleetwood Mac? I'm so proud that my son will be musically diverse and hopefully have some kind of musical talent, who knows? I know I won't hold him back from anything he decides he wants to pursue. 

This weekend we had some Elvis videos playing on the TV and "Bridge Over Troubled Water" is another one of Jackson's favorites and I was lucky enough to get two short videos of him singing along and I can't help but get a tad bit teary eyed when I watch. What a beautiful song for such a beautiful young soul to appreciate and love so much. 


"Your time has come to shine
All your dreams are on their way
See how they shine
Oh, if you need a friend
I'm sailing right behind
Like a bridge over troubled water
I will ease your mind
Like a bridge over troubled water
I will ease your mind"


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