Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Name That Tune

Most of you know that I have a younger brother.  He's the one who uprooted his entire mostly Texas born and all Texas bred family and moved them to Virginia.

Sheesh.  What some people will do just for a good job so they can feed their family.

I'm not bitter or anything.

But like the saying goes, "You can take the boy out of Texas but you can't take Texas out of the boy". Or something like that.

So like a true Texas boy, my little brother is a big fan of country music.

And Merle Haggard, better known around these parts as, "The Hag" is one of his favorites.

So much so that on his wedding day, at the reception, he actually sang "Walkin' On The Fightin' Side of Me".

Only two problems with this:

  1. "Walkin' On The Fightin' Side of Me" is not a most requested wedding song.  In fact, I'm afraid some of the guests thought he was publicly threatening his new wife.
  2. My little brother is known for many things, but his singing voice is not one of them.
While I wouldn't call it a touching moment, it was definitely memorable.

For those of you unfamiliar with the song, click here to give it a listen.

So when Lily did something for the first time yesterday, I couldn't wait to share it with my little brother.

While riding home from the podiatrist visit yesterday, I heard "Fightin' Side" playing in the backseat. I turned around to see Lily, holding the iPad up to her ear where the speaker is, and humming along with The Hag.

I just know if Alan had been in the car, he would've had to wipe a tear from his eye.

You see, the music on Lily's iPad is made up of all the songs on the whole family's iTunes account.  So it makes for quite an eclectic playlist for a five year old.

It's not uncommon to hear a little Go-Go's followed by some Coldplay.  Then some Foster the People, Billy Joel, Taylor Swift, and INXS.  A bit of "Hotel California" followed by some "Man in the Mirror".   And maybe a little "YMCA" thrown in for good measure.

In fact, yesterday when they called us back for Lily's MRI, we walked to the room listening to "Dimelo" by Enrique Iglesias.  The Hispanic family we passed on the way in looked at us a little strangely.  (For those of you needing an interpreter, that's "Do You Know", also known as The Ping Pong Song.)

I've had several comments from Lily's therapists who say they don't mind when Lily earns a break and gets to use the iPad because they like her taste in music.

So let's talk about music today.

How about your kiddos?  What music is on their playlist?  Do they have a favorite artist or band?

And, of course, the obvious question, any other five year old Hag fans out there?


  1. I'm not five years old, but Hag has been my favorite for years!!! Saw him downtown at the old Convention Center! Lily has good taste. After the Hag, the Statler Bros. come next. A classy group of guys who stood for what they believed in. lgm

  2. Ashlynn and I are both big Adele fans at the moment. Jake has a scary amount of Weird Al on his IPod. I'm not sure he'd say that's his favorite, but that's what I keep hearing coming out of his speakers. By the way, from one uprooted Texan to another, give your brother and his sweet wife our love.

  3. AJ loves the song I'm Yours by Jason Mraz, some random songs by Guster, and really bobs his head to some Bob Marley. We're still working on Jack Johnson for our kids, but it'll come. And Christy's both really into Adele too. By both I mean just her. Typo. But now I spent more time fixing the typo than it would have to fix it. Where am I now?

  4. Linda - You surprised me! I didn't have you pegged for a Merle Haggard fan. Statler Bros - not as much of a surprise.... :)

    Amy - I LOVE Adele, too. Lily listens to some of her songs. Reagan thinks Weird Al is hilarious but I don't know if we actually own any of his stuff. She's been known to watch some youtube of him, though. Will tell the family you said hello.

    Brian - We love some Jason Mraz & Jack Johnson around here. Haven't tried any Guster. And I bet Lily would like Bob Marley. I'll have to download some and we'll see. And yes, your typo made me laugh - or rather, your "correction" of said typo.

  5. Well I like all the "bad boys" of country...LOL! Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, Merle Haggard, Willie Nelson, just to name a few. Love George Strait, Alan Jackson, Toby Keith, and some of the newer artists as well. Not to mention my old time favorites of the Beach Boys, Statler Brothers, Alabama, Temptations, and Spinners...and....wait for it....ELVIS! LOL! Of course this does not include all of my favorite gospel groups and singers and that list is huge. We all need to be well rounded...no pun intended as to our shapes..LOL!

  6. My kids love Jimmy Buffet, we just have to filter the songs :) The love the 50s and 60s music, country. Kaitlynn adores Taylor Swift. Connor loves any kind of rock n roll music. Just about anything we listen to they can dance & sing to. And I agree, we all need to be well rounded in our music choices!


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