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Life With Kids: What CD is currently being played in your car?

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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?

Do share.

Theme Song: Where is my mind?

Today BritMums asks:  If your blog was a song, what would it be?  I answered  – Where is my Mind by the Pixies.

This was actually my ring-tone for the longest time, till I accidentally dropped my old phone in a ditch.  I think this was sometime in 2010 when my husband and I went home to the Phil and had some British friends over.  We were on our way home from a late-night-out. No, I wasn’t drunk.  I was pregnant for goodness sake.  Yes, some of our friends were drunk.

Photo credit here.

I think this is a great theme song for parent who have young children, or children of any age I guess.  There are just days when you absolutely have no idea what you’re doing, I don’t know about you guys but I have a lot of those days.  Good thing I’m married to someone who has his head screwed on tightly most times… What about you?  If you had to choose a theme song of your life RIGHT NOW, what would it be?

Two of Us

Two of us riding nowhere
Spending someone’s
Hard earned pay
Two of us Sunday driving
Not arriving
On our way back home
We’re on our way home
We’re on our way home
We’re going home …

You and I have memories, longer than the road that stretches out ahead …

 -Two of us, Beatles

This is T’s and Doc’s first walk together.

It was only till the end of the road,

because he has yet to have his jabs

which is scheduled a few weeks from now.

T and Doc will grow up together.

Isn’ that the loveliest thought?

This post is linked-up with PODcast’s What’s the Story?

And The Oliver’s Madhouse

Hope everyone in the UK have not been affected much in last night’s storm.

As for the rest of you guys, have a great week ahead of you!

Shabby Blogs Link Party: Top Ten Favourite Musicians

It’s Link Party time once again and this week’s topic is all about music: Top Ten Favourite Musicians.  When I was single, I couldn’t do anything without music.  I worked with headphones on beating deadlines, something was always playing in the background.  I grew up listening to the Beatles, Paul Simon and the like, so I’m starting my list also with someone whose voice was a familiar sound in my childhood:

1.  Joni Mitchell:

2.  Edie Brickell – And then thanks to my brother, I discovered Edie Brickell and the New Bohemians.  Her songs from the band’s first-third albums, Shooting stars with Rubber Bands, Ghost of a Dog and Picture Perfect mornings, were a permanent fixture in my playlist.  I’m not sure when they disbanded, all I know is that ended up marrying Paul Simon.

3.  Indigo Girls – In their 2009 UK tour, I got the chance to watch them live when they played in Bristol.  It was one of the happiest days of my life.  I can’t even begin to explain how much this group meant to me in the 90s, so I won’t even begin.  Let’s just say, I love their songwriting.  The words are just so beautiful and sometimes painful.

4.  Glenn Hansard:  Numbers 4-5.  What can I say?  I’m a sucker for male musicians who can play the guitar and sing as if their very hearts are bleeding.  Yes, I’m a sucker for sad songs.  Oh dear indeed.

5.  Damien Rice and Lisa Hannigan

6.  Counting Crowes:  See number 2 & 3.

7.  Eddie Vedder:  See number 2 & 3.

8.  Angus & Julia Stone:  This is probably the only newish group included in my list.  Sadly, I’m not so much into music nowadays.  Being a mother keeps me busy and when we do have music playing in the background, it’s either T’s music or classical music which is what my husband prefers and which I also like anyway.

9.  REM:  See number 2 & 3.

10.  Cynthia Alexander is a very talented Filipino musician who deserves more for her talent both as a musician and a songwriter.

Yes, I know.  The ones on my list are not the latest, I’m not even familiar with the latest bands/music anymore.  When I choose music, I listen to the words, just like when I choose a book, I read a few pages and if the words speak to me and or I like the style, then I buy it.  I do miss listening to music.  But ever since I became a mother, the rare moments I have of some peace or time for myself, I would always choose silence.