Most of us have one particular CD that’s permanently in our car player, especially when you’re a parent of a small child. Little T was around three (if I remember correctly) when Frozen first hit the cinema. The next year, they released the CD and all went crazy from there. Yes, we were mad enough to buy her the soundtrack. I regret that decision. Just as remorseful as I felt when we bought the Cbeebies double-disk songs and also played that on a road trip from Cornwall to Scotland. I still shudder every time I hear the first few notes of “In the Night Garden”.
Going back to Frozen, needless to say, it was the only one in our playlist the whole of 2014 and when we took a road trip from Cornwall to Picardy (yes we do love road-trips), to the North of France, not to mention a day-trip to Belgium, we did it all to the tune of “Let it Go” and “Do You Want to Build a Blimming Snowman”
And of course, the sing-a-long-continued until we were back in English soil. My husband and I have this distinct memory of hearing little girls with different nationalities (German, Irish, Finnish the usual visitors you’d expect when staying at Eurocamp), singing their version of Frozen in every single cabin/lodge surrounding ours. That was also the year we took Little T to Disneyland Paris and yes, she did have a glimpse of Elsa and Anna. Summer 2014, was definitely a “Frozen” summer. Thank goodness that’s over now.
And it wasn’t just me and my husband who had enough of that blasted CD, apparently, even our car couldn’t take it anymore. One day, player decided that enough is enough and wouldn’t play it anymore and refused to even spit out the Frozen soundtrack. That car is gone now. It’s probably in some junk yard with the over-played CD still in it.
Thankfully that seemed to have been the end of T’s obsession with the songs and didn’t ask us to get another. Phew.
And then she discovered “The Book of Life” a year or so ago. For those who aren’t familiar, it’s an animated film that tells the story of a small town in Mexico called San Angel from the “Book of Life” (hence the title) that holds every single story in the world.
It’s an adventure, comedy and love story rolled into one lovely colourful movie. It also helps that it has a good cast: Diego Luna, Channing Tatum and Zoey Zaldana, Christina Applegate and Ron Perlman to name a few. Do watch it if you haven’t seen it yet.
You’ve guessed it. This is the current CD played on loop in our car and unlike the first two CDs I mentioned. I don’t regret it one single bit.
The songs are catchy and fun. My favourite though is one of the slow ones called “Apology Song”, where Manolo, the bullfighter decides to serenade the giant toro in the land of the dead. Do click and have a listen. It also helps that Diego Luna has a really good voice.
And then of course there’s this romantic song, which was also sang by the same Mexican actor. Apparently Deigo Luna is not only cute, is a great actor, but can really sing.
And then there’s the main song “No Matter Where You are” by Us the Duo which is definitely one song you can’t help but sing-along-to, so it’s not surprising that and it’s one of T’s favourites in the soundtrack.
And lastly, this “Live Life” song by Jesse and Joy which she also loves to sing with her friends, especially on the way to their gymnastics class. Picture this, three little girls singing at the top of their voices and begging you to play it again and again and again.
My husband and I actually love the songs too, so we don’t really mind. It has been our sound track for the whole summer of 2016 and I have a feeling it will stay there, till at least Christmas.
What about you?
What CD is currently being played in your car?