Monday, September 03, 2012

{ List no. 6 - 30 Songs I love }

 { Etsy Print found here }

  Music is a huge part of what defines home for me. I find it to be a powerful mood setter. It's amazing to me how a song can define a feeling or bring back memories from a certain season of life. 
  This is a brief history of our family in song. 
 During our days of falling in love this song was so special to the two of us, and this one to me. And then there was the music we had at our wedding, A Prayer for Home, and How Beautiful. Or the soundtrack to our honeymoon, slow dancing in our teeny tiny cottage kitchen as newlyweds to this song, and then a couple years later, the song Annabelle first started dancing to, by Gwen Stephani which was really popular at the time. We have at least half a dozen videos of her getting down to The Sweet EscapeThis song  reminds me so much of our Black Diamond years. And Everybody by Ingrid Michaelson, makes me think of our first days in Spokane when Jack was just a baby and beginning to dance. I remember" All the Pennies " playing on repeat after having moved into our house on 14th and while still very much in the remodeling process and didn't even " own a bathroom door." And I am pretty sure that I have listened to this song, a thousand times in the months before and after Lucy was born, and have still never tired of it. These days Matt Redman's 10,000 reasons is a family favorite. Lucy especially loves it...she toddles around with both arms raised, cooing like a little songbird. And it's also super sweet how babiest girl gets all excited when it's playing.
Thanks to Spotify, I have a hand picked playlist for almost every occasion. There is happy house-cleaning music, and bedtime lullabies and songs of worship, a mean dance lineup, seasonal lists of favorite songs, love songs, and songs for my little ones, and songs by genre...because I might secretly love bluegrass music a little bit. I have my parents thank for that.

  I want my children to grow up and say that worship was the heartbeat of our home. As C.S. Lewis says,  "It is in the process of being worshiped that God communicates His presence to men." Isn't that beautiful?

  So now in no particular order, here are thirty songs that I love to lift my voice and twirl around the the living room with my kids to...
  1. 10,000 Reasons, Matt Redman
  2. Oh My Stars, Andrew Belle
  3. It's a Gift, Andrea Hamilton
  4. This Dance, Five for Fighting
  5. Filled With Your Glory, Starfield
  6. All Will Be Well Gabe Dixon Band
  7. This is Just so Beautiful  Jenny + Tyler
  8. Your Song,  Ellie Goulding
  9. Bloom, The Paper Kites
  10. Brand New, Emilie Mover 
  11. Happy Lessons, The Vespers
  12. Grace for Me, The Michael Gungor band
  13. So Deep in Love, Joel Auge
  14. Sweetheart, Jont
  15. All is Grace, Shaun Groves
  16. Joy is in Our Hearts, Sara Groves
  17. Old Pine, Ben Howard
  18. Forever After Love, Andrew Ripp
  19. Angel, Jack Johnson
  20. Viva La Vida, Coldplay
  21. Friend Like You, Joshua Radin
  22. For You, Peter Bradely Adams
  23. Bring Me the Sunshine, Jess Penner
  24. Little Song, Sarah Jarosz
  25. Little Light, ( Our little Lucy's song. Her name means light.)
  26. Blue Eyes, Timmy Curran
  27. You Are Love, Rend Collective Experiment
  28. Take Heart, Hillsong
  29. Skyline Hill, Jenny + Tyler
  30. Little Song, Sarah  Jarosz
 I would love to hear all about your favorite songs. 


Leslie said...

love these lists friend... and so many of these songs.... and that qoute delicous.

yes yes yes a prayer for our home as well...

loved this little musical linky list. So fun... and so many many songs make me think of you friend..... so so many.

Andrea said...

Love this list! Some of the songs are already favourites and I look forward to giving the other's a listen too. One I could listen too all day, over and over, is Matt Maher's Christ is Risen -

Deborah said...

That took me back to special times and places! Do you remember a sweet one just before Jack was born, i think it was about being a big sister? i can't remember the song, just that it was sweet.

shabby girl said...

And it's also super sweet how babiest girl gets all excited when it's playing.
Mmmm, love that picture in my head!

My mom used to wake us up to bluegrass music while on vacation. I love it to this day!

Nikki said...

Love love love this list...thank you for sharing! Your wonderful playlists and knack for having the perfect song for every occasion are such a gift to those who know you--and one of the first things I think of when you come to mind. :-) Right now I'm listening to a lot of the "children's indie" station on Pandora, and oddly enough I am loving Michael Franti & Spearhead, and lots of other random children's songs and bands I've never heard of, including a delightful album of songs about science and a fun album by Barenaked Ladies.

Karen said...

I want to have your happy house cleaning list...I want something to clean to.