Wednesday, July 18, 2007

A Cup Full

Lately, just before going to bed and after his story time, The Mayor has been asking K and I to play a song for him from our ipod which sits in a speaker system near my bed where we read.

He doesn't seem to care what song we choose, he simply wants to listen to a new piece of music at the end of his hard day.

Before I left town I chose a song from the 'Oh, Brother Where Art Thou' soundtrack, a version of the gospel song 'I'll Fly Away' sung by the Emmy winning bluegrass artist, Alison Krauss.

The Mayor responded enthusiastically to the bluegrass style, but then said,


"Mommy, why are your eyes closed?"


"I'm just letting the music fill me up," I said.


He was confused by that notion.


"Close your eyes, " I said. "Imagine that your body is a cup and the music is milk pouring in and filling up your whole body."


The Mayor, who loves milk more than anything, closed his eyes.

We listened to the song.

When it ended, The Mayor slowly stood up to walk to his bedroom.


"Did you like the song?" I asked.


He nodded.


"How did you like listening to the music with your eyes closed?"


"It filled me up alright," he said. "It filled my whole head."

63 comments:

liv said...

Oh! How precious. A sweet music story. Lately I've had D asking me to play what he calls "the bad girl song" aka Amy Winehouse's "You know I'm no good..." Just goes to show you, in case there was any doubt, what a superlative parent you are!

The Medium Swede said...

I also love Alison Krause. In my opinion she could sing the phonebook and it would sound like Angels.

Queen Karana said...

I just love how you always seem to manage to document the sweet conversations that you have your kids. What memories.

QT said...

That was too sweet~

Above Average Joe said...

Better filled with milk that something else.

kristen said...

Hi, I found my way here from Wonderwheel. Love the blog. Love the post. And love the Oh Brother soundtrack. That particular song fills me up, too.

slouching mom said...

Aww.

Sniffle.

Sue at nobaddays said...

Truly lovely! Thanks.

JamesMommy said...

And he filled you right up, too, didn't he? Lovely moments, indeed. Love reading your post and am always a little bummed if I visit and you haven't yet blogged.

Jenifer said...

Sweet. We got Papoosie Girl (6) her own little boom box for her room and we take out CD's from the library and she can dock her Dad's ipod in it too. She loves music and says she likes to let it wash over her like rain.

I love how these kids just get it.

pgoodness said...

Kids and music - the fact that they can be filled up like that is fabulous; the fact that you gave him that is even better.
Matt listened to music through earphones for the first time yesterday and face just lit up!

Virtualsprite said...

Precious indeed. That was beautiful. What a neat way to end the day!

Jennifer said...

What a perfect, perfect way to describe music. (At least good music. Because the Barney CD my daughter likes? Does not really fill me up.)

Little Monkies said...

I love that song. Love it. Have you heard Elizabeth Mitchell do "Winter's Come and Gone" on her You are My Little Bird CD? I think that's Alison as well...

Yes, fills you up, fills you up.

Tabba said...

Oh god, this was so cute.....

Gracie's all-time favorite is "Didn't Leave Nobody But The Baby" (the siren song) or whatever it's called. I can sing that to her at any given moment and she curls up and sucks her thumb.....I believe she lets that song fill her up.

Precious this post and that Mayor. Just precious.

Kyla said...

Ohhhh. So sweet.

Twisted Cinderella said...

OOh that is sooo sweet!

furiousBall said...

If you're gonna fill your head up with anyone's music, Allison Kraus is one of the best good choice both of you.

Chaos Control said...

Ahh, this story fills me up! Thanks for sharing it!!

Omaha Mama said...

Awwww...I love it when they say it just how they're feeling. Too sweet.

mamatulip said...

J, I am going to lie down on the floor with Julia tonight, with a record on, and do just this.

flutter said...

Oh how I love this.

Rachel said...

What a beautiful way to describe music. I love that CD. I listened to it when I was in labor, and now I listen to it with my daughter.

mcewen said...

Lately! very tardy today! Any excuse to use the word tardy which everyone uses out here but disappeared from the UK several hundred years ago - I think the Pilgrim Father's took it with them. The only person I know in the UK who uses 'tardy' is my Dad who is an ancient relic.

Sorry, I didn't mean to digress.

Great story, although I'm always confused why people have an ipod and then use it like a stereo [static]? There again, I download radio programmes so what do I know!
Cheers

Paige said...

His whole head, eh?

Sweet little boy.

Meanwhile, Avery requests the Amy Winehouse song "Rehab" by asking me to play the "no, no, no song."

aimee / greeblemonkey said...

Lovely.

3carnations said...

Very cute. Our son has a silly lullaby from a Sandra Boynton book/CD that he wants to sing with me every night before we say goodnight.

He also is a huge fan of milk. :)

GoteeMan said...

First, let me say, I LOVE the "O, Brother..." soundtrack...

Second - that was an amazing way to communicate what was happening. Thanks for sharing it.

My favs also tend to be stuff like Alanis Morissette, Loren Hill, ColdPlay, David Wilcox, U2... usually a combination of the sound and amazing words.

J.

katy said...

I love that soundtrack too. My niece goes around singing her favorite country song which I can't think of the name of but her favorite part "I can see the neighbors butt crack nailing down his shingles." I don't get the least bit filled up by that. I can't wait to send her home to her mom next week, she will love me.

Blog Antagonist said...

I love that soundtrack. Alison Krause is amazing, but the whole thing is so....soulful. And yes, it does fill you up. How cool that he got it. Music is such a gift..you're a great Mommy for sharing it with your little ones.

Lisa Milton said...

That's a song that always does it for me. I'm a sap for some gospel tunes.

Jen said...

I love that soundtrack! My boy used to like it too but then one dayhe got worried that someone would hear him singing "Down to the River" and think he was religious. That's a big concern for him I guess.

painted maypole said...

Hallelujah by and by... I'll fly away

I love to hear that song sung by the New Orleans brass bands. Fills me right up, too.

Day Dreamer said...

Oh, sweet! I like that, I may borrow that for my kids at a later date....nice!

canape said...

You are my favorite mom today!!! That is great music appreciation teaching.

urban-urchin said...

I love that song and sing it with my kids at night. What a sweet way to explain music to the mayor.

TastesLikeCrazy said...

Man!
I can't wait until Cara can say cool things like that.

www.TasteLikeCrazy.com

creative-type dad said...

Yeah, Alison Krause does that. And pretty well too.

Mrs. Chicken said...

Alison Krause is one of my all-time faves. We played her as our "exit" song at our wedding.

The Mayor has a heart of gold, doesn't he?

Biddy said...

i heart that song...

could you maybe write a book on parenting? thanks

Mrs. Chicky said...

My lord, I love that song. It fills me up too.

crazymumma said...

Nothing in the world like a song filling you up. How wonderful of you to show him how.

tulipmom said...

Great story! I'm going to try this with Sweet Boy.

notfearingchange said...

nice job....okay you need to start boot camp parenting camp...i want to be the first on the list!

carrie said...

Good for him!

Good for you.

Carrie

Moobs said...

But did milk then come out of his nose?

~JJ! said...

Excellent!

BOSSY said...

Bossy's head is already perfectly full of things like the words to the Brady Bunch theme song and that inconsiderate thing Bossy's husband said when they were first dating.

Fidget said...

That is insanely and wonderfully cute! My kids love that sound track too

Christina_the_wench said...

All I remember from that movie is George Clooney and I am ok with that. ~deep I WANT YOU, GEORGE sigh~

Jenn said...

It's official.

You're the world's coolest parent with the world's coolest kid.

Super B's Mom said...

Ok. Now I'm all sentimental and teary-eyed!

That is just precious. Bless his sweet little heart.

Diane said...

I love that! Alison Krause is great, and what a fantastic soundtrack to share with kids. I'd think bluegrass is right up childhood alley. I'm glad your son got filled up!

Jen M. said...

Kids are so sweet. That was adorable. My girls would have scorned me for not picking something by Lindsay Lohan or Hilary Duff.

Momish said...

He is too sweet!! I love that soundtrack and especially the song "Didn't Leave Nobody But The Baby" which puts me in a trance and definitely fills me up!

allrileyedup said...

What a cute way to invite music into his life. I love that song.

Lotta said...

So lovely. A sad, but pretty story. A friend of ours lost her husband to cancer. At the end they both lay together and listened to her ipod. So he passed away listening to music with his wife. So peaceful.

Amanda said...

That song fills me up, too.

Scribbit said...

What a metaphysical kid--quite the deep thinker.

Pendullum said...

How sweet is that?
Scooter loves the O Brother Soundtrack... Her favourite is Down to the River to Pray...
Years ago I purchased the CD Beethovan Lives Upstairs... A great CD for kids and adults... But I digress...
I put the CD on while Scooter was drawing...
And I was putting away dishes...
When I returned to the room tears were flowing down her face...
I asked her what was wrong...
And she just said'Oh,Momma, Beethovan was so sad when he wrote this... So very sad...
I hugged her,and listened...
It was a Requim...
And it could move a wee girl of two to tears...
And glad she made me stop what I was doing...As the Mayor is right... It can fill your whole head...

Pendullum said...

And I suppose sometimes it fills our heads and our hearts and cuases our eyes to leak...

Gretchen said...

If ever there was a song to fill you up...

TarynTula said...

How lovely! The beauty and absolute wonderment that can be found in our children is constantly amazing.