Category Archives: Music

Just For A Moment, Let’s Be Still.

My favorite band is “The Head and the Heart”. My husband, Joe, and I met/had our first date-like-thing at one of their concerts. We planned our wedding around one of their concerts in 2012. They’ll be playing in Seattle again this month and we’ll be going. This time, we’re taking Kai, who has also always loved their music. So, you could say the group is pretty important to us.

We’ve all been listening to their music quite a bit, in part because they released a new album a few months ago, in part because of the upcoming concert. But, also, Kai has been requesting to listen to their new album a lot, both at home and in the car.

While we’re driving around, Kai often requests the lyrics book. But there’s a few songs he doesn’t need the lyrics for at all. One of those songs is called, “Let’s Be Still.”

In particular, he will often loudly sing the following verse:

The world’s just spinning
A little too fast
If things don’t slow down soon we might not last.
The world’s not forgiving
Of everyone’s fears.
The days turn into months the months turn into years.
So just for a moment, let’s be still.

Typically, there’s head bobbing and maybe even a bit of booster-seat-dancing. 2013 had so many changes for him, and for our family, and life just seemed to fly by. I turned around in December to realize I’d nearly missed fall and then, suddenly, it was the middle of January.

But, lately, we’ve been taking time to just relax, learn how to incorporate all the changes into our daily life. Life can go by pretty fast. You can miss out on it, if you’re not careful. Taking time to slow down, stop what you’re doing, and experience life can make all the difference.

So just for a moment, let’s be still.

This post was written for the Write ALM February Prompt-A-Day. Today’s prompt was “Be still.”

Children’s Music That Won’t Make You Want To Claw Your Ears Off: Elska

Elska does electronic-pop-transcendtalish-type music for kids. It’s pretty cute stuff. The music itself is the kind of music I like, and falls in my “Children’s Music That Won’t Make You Want To Claw Your Ears Off” list. This is definitely a CD I wouldn’t mind throwing on in the car while we’re doing something with Kai.

Elska has a fictional island, “The Island of Elska”, which her website says is a “newly formed volcanic island off the coast of Iceland.”

If you watch one video/listen to one song of hers, I suggest “Artic Fox”. The video is just downright adorable:

She does, however, have a couple other videos to watch:

You can get her CD at her website or purchase the album on iTunes. Her website Island of Elska is really adorable and I encourage you to check it out.

Video Games, Music, and Kai

People who know our family know that we ALL enjoy playing games. We play a lot of board games and a fair number of video games, whether those are on the computer, on a game system, or on a smartphone. Currently, we’re all in a “Minecraft” phase. A couple of weeks ago, I bought the soundtrack for Kai to have on his mp3 player because I knew he’d like it. And it’s a fairly calming soundtrack. Take a listen. I think one of my favorites is “Mice on Venus” (number 11).

He also sometimes asks to listen to it if we’re doing something else, like playing with playdough (this has always been a big music time for us), doing an art project, or even just “playing”.

This is not the first video game soundtrack we’ve listened to. When Journey came out on  the PS3, Kai and Joe played it together. We bought the soundtrack (I believe we picked that up through iTunes) and listened to that quite a lot. He probably asks to listen to “Journey” quite frequently, still, a few months later – several times a week. Journey has GORGEOUS music. It’s a lovely orchestral soundtrack – the music is beautiful and, at times, very haunting. In the game, your character never speaks, so the music does a lot to set the mood.

Both of these albums are instrumental. What this means is that every single day, without any prodding from us, Kai is listening to albums that are instrumental only – and he’s only 4. I’d say that’s a positive thing, wouldn’t you?