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We all know the song.  We all know the video.

This is currently M’s favorite song.  She LOVES this song.  Whenever it comes on the radio, she has to stop what she’s doing to sing it.

Even if she’s just about to fall asleep, if she hears the song, she will sing it, eyes closed so that she can fall asleep right after the song is done.  If she’s at the tail end of a nap and just barely waking up and she hears the song, she will sing it.

At home, will will project the video via Chromecast and she will wear her pink little dance tutu outfit.  She will sing and dance along with Taylor.  She just LOVES this song!

I have to admit, it’s pretty catchy.  I’m not a fan of ALL of Taylor Swift’s music, but this one I can get behind.  It’s got a fun loving tone to it.

It’s so cute listening to M sing the chorus.  She’s even got the little rap part down!

What pop music songs are your little ones into?  Post them in the comments below!

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When M was younger, we used to listen to child-appropriate music in the car.  This meant that we would listen to CDs full of nursery rhymes and kid songs. 

The music eventually transitioned into the Sofia The First soundtrack, and now it’s all about the Frozen soundtrack.

The music gets to be way too repetitive as we have to listen to the CDs over and over and over and over again.  While it’s super cute to hear M sing along, we do get very tired of the songs. 

So, we listen to the radio.

She used to never really sing to the songs on the radio, so we never really realized she knew what she was listening to..

We were wrong.

Here are a list of songs that we had no idea M knew enough to sing along to:

The Monster – Eminem feat. Rhianna
Roar – Katy Perry
Talk Dirty – Jason Derulo
I Don’t Care – IconoPop
Turn Down For What – Lil Jon

There are probably many more that I can’t think of the moment and many more that she will surprise us with singing along. 

How did we find out that she knew some of these songs?

Hubby and I have a habit of absent-mindedly singing some of these songs at home while doing some things.  Suddenly, M would finish the line to the song.  This was especially true with “Talk Dirty.”  I would hum the little musical part right before he sings, “Talk dirty to me..”  I was humming it while I was working on cards at my craft table and M was playing in the room with me.  Suddenly, M says, “Talk dirty to me..”

That was surprising and so funny.  We had her do it over and over again.

What sort of pop songs do your kids surprise you with knowing??

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For the first part of February, I will be counting down my 14 loves  until I get to February 14th.  This is a great way to get back to blogging daily again, and a way to make Valentine’s Day worth it this year!

I love music.

Music has always, always, always been a huge part of my life.  From being a toddler learning how to work the record player, to now.. I’ve always sang.  I’ve always danced.  I’ve always associated songs with certain moments in my life.  For example, I was listening to Debbie Gibson on Spotify.  No, I’m not joking, I LOVE Debbie Gibson.  Electric Youth came on and it brought back so many fun memories.  I had to look up the actual Electric Youth album and listen to all the songs.  That brought back the fun memories of hanging out with my cousins and taping our voices on a tape recorder. 

It’s electric!

Long title..  but these are the things that I realized about myself in these past few weeks.

It’s amazing what one learns about themselves during their daily commute from work.

1.  I still remember every word of every song from the first High School Musical.  AND it’s made me look up the entire soundtrack of High School Musical 2 to find that cool “ballad” sung by Troy and Gabriella.  I may or may not have been belting out “Go My Own Way” on my own while working on craft projects.

2.  I still LOVE Blink 182’s Dude Ranch CD.  Still.  LOVE.

3.  I still know enough words to Kris Kross’ “Jump” to make me sound somewhat legit.  Don’t ask me to do it on the fly.. but I can so keep up when singing along to the song.  THAT was very surprising.

4.  The Backstreet Boys STILL got it going on.. especially since Kevin Richardson came back..

That’s all I can think of right now.

I think that’s a good assessment of what I usually think about while I’m driving.

I think it also shows what kind of music keeps me going during those commutes.  It keeps my drive interesting.

What goes on in your mind during your commutes to and from work?!

M currently enjoys hearing Alicia Keys “Girl on Fire.”

Here’s how we sing it together..

Me:  (sings) This girl is on…
M: (sings) Maiah…

Maiah is M’s cousin.

Apparently.. this girl is on Maiah..

Silly girl.

I keep telling Hubby that he should sing songs to Little M.  Unfortunately, Hubby hasn’t really had much experience, or practice, singing to little kids.. here’s an example.

Old MacDonald
Hubby:  Old MacDonald had a car..
Me:  Farm.
Hubby:  What?
Me:  Old MacDonald had a FARM..
Hubby:  He had a tractor!

At least he’s trying..

 

 



Last week, I was bombarded with a lot of negativity. 

Some person was trying twist around his bad behavior to make it look like I was the culprit.

No, this has nothing to do with my boyfriend.  He has been lovingly, supportive during this frustrating and trying time. 

I have decided to erase all that negativity from my life, but that negative energy is deeply rooted in something I LOVE to do.. sing.

I have decided that it will NOT stop me from what I love to do.. especially where I do it.

I sing because it makes me happy.  I sing because I serve the Lord.  I sing because that’s my outlet of creative release.  I sing and there is no one that can stop me from doing what I love.

In the past, I have been known to walk away from things when one person bothers me about it.. things that I have loved for so long.. I sacrificed just to stay away from the one person that causes me grief.

Not anymore.

I am going to learn to not let that stand in the way of something I believe in deeply.  One person versus touching the lives of so many with the gift of song..

That won’t stand in the way.. not anymore.

Yesterday, Michael Jackson died.  

He was 50 years old, and had three young children.

He was an icon of the 80’s.  I mentioned to my friends that he owned the 80’s.. but my friends were correct in stating that he WAS the 80s..

I have tapes of me, at 3 years old, singing songs like “Beat it” and “Billie Jean.”

I learned how to moon walk.. which I tried to do last night.. and well.. my knees aren’t what they used to be.. so.. it was more like a “moon limp.”

I learned to appreciate his talent at a young age.. sang all his songs.. felt passionate about the social issues he was passionate about..

It is an honor to grow up in the “era of Michael Jackson.”

His recent past doesn’t reflect the amount of talent he possessed.  Nor did it reflect the impact he had on music and dance today. 

Justin Timberlake, Usher, Chris Brown, and all the other young men with the cool dance moves wouldn’t be where they are today if they had not tried to emulate Michael Jackson at some point in their lives..

Many have tried.. and all have failed.. to reach the amount of success he has..

He will be missed.. his music.. and his legacy will live on..

And hopefully.. people can look past the controversy.. and see him for the talent he truly was..

I sing at my Church.  I am a member of the Filipino choir at the Church I am a parishoner in.  I’ve sung at the other Church in which I was a parishoner in too.

I started singing at my current Church when someone from that choir had heard me sing at the Cursillo retreat that I attended.

Am I making sense?  Probably not, but my brain is fried and I still felt the need to leave a blog entry.

I guess the point I am trying to make is that singing for the Church is very important to me.  Singing, according to one of the Saints.. I want to say St. Francis.. but I could be wrong.. anyway..

Singing, is like praying twice.. something to that effect.

Music has always, always, always been an important part of my life.  Starting out as a dancer.. then moving on to singing.. I’ve always had music in my life in some form.

From the time I was young, learning how to put a vinyl record in the player and turn it on.. I was singing and dance..

During my “teen angst” years.. I always identified to music to get me through my “moods..”

Growing up.. finding love.. and heartbreak.. music and lyrics have always comforted me..

Now.. growing spiritually.. I have found a new appreciation for music.. for song.. for songs of prayer.. for singing with the congregation.. for guiding the congregation in song.. it’s such a beautiful thing..

The older I get.. the more music is a part of my life.. and I know that it always will be..

Ok.. Hannah Montana.. Miley Cyrus.. yadda yadda..

Her song, “The Climb” has probably got to be one of the most mature songs I’ve heard from her.. mature in the sense that it’s actually got a great message.. and just is a great feel-good-when-down song.. it’s got great lyrics.. the music is great.. and her recording is pretty decent.

I may like Miley Cyrus.. but I never said she was a phenomenal singer..

Anyway.. I think that these lyrics can actually relate to anyone of any age.. I can almost see it
That dream I am dreaming
But there’s a voice inside my head saying
“You’ll never reach it”

Every step I’m taking
Every move I make feels
Lost with no direction
My faith is shaking

But I gotta keep trying
Gotta keep my head held high

There’s always gonna be another mountain
I’m always gonna wanna make it move
Always gonna be a uphill battle
Sometimes I’m gonna have to lose

Ain’t about how fast I get there
Ain’t about what’s waiting on the other side
It’s the climb

The struggles I’m facing
The chances I’m taking
Sometimes might knock me down
But no, I’m not breaking

I may not know it
But these are the moments that
I’m gonna remember most, yeah
Just gotta keep going

And I, I got to be strong
Just keep pushing on

‘Cause there’s always gonna be another mountain
I’m always gonna wanna make it move
Always gonna be a uphill battle
Sometimes I’m gonna have to lose

Ain’t about how fast I get there
Ain’t about what’s waiting on the other side
It’s the climb, yeah!

There’s always gonna be another mountain
I’m always gonna wanna make it move
Always gonna be an uphill battle
Somebody’s gonna have to lose

Ain’t about how fast I get there
Ain’t about what’s waiting on the other side
It’s the climb, yeah!

Keep on moving, keep climbing
Keep the faith, baby
It’s all about, it’s all about the climb
Keep the faith, keep your faith, whoa

And for your viewing pleasure.. I decided to add the video.. but this was also the first time I saw the video and realized that it totally doesn’t give the song justice.. I think it’s over-acted.. oh well..  I said I loved the song.. I never claimed the artist that sang it was perfect..


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