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Best Music: Special Moments with My Sweet Boy

I've fallen behind in the 30-Day Song Challenge, so I wanted to get at least one post up for it today. I'm now at day , which is a song that makes me think of a happy memory. There are a lot of good songs (and entire albums) that make me think of happy times in my life. It was simple to come up with a song that reminded me of my crush , for example. But honestly, it took great effort to pinpoint one specific song that I associated with one specific memory. But I found it!

Cuddling with My Little Boy

When my son was about 5 years old, at Christmas I bought each of the kids a CD. If you asked me now, I couldn't remember what the other kids got. But my son got a collection of lullabies from all over the world. The album was called Dodo la Planète Do: Dream Song, Night Songs, and it featured a number of Canadian artists including the popular Fransaskoise, Carmen Campagne. The tracks were sung in English, French, Creole, Chinese, and other languages. And it was through this album that we discovered our Bug can sing in multiple languages. He just listens to the song a few times, and he can sing it back in a language he doesn't even understand.

I used to hold my son in my arms to get him to sleep. In fact, from the day he was born he could not sleep unless I was holding him. So I used to put this album on when it was time for him to take a nap, and I would rock him and sing along with the tunes I really liked. One of my favourites was a traditional French lullaby that he'd also been listening to in his classroom at school. It goes by a few different names, but I always just call it “ La Poulette Grise ,” which means “the little grey hen.”

Hens and Their Eggs

The lyrics are fanciful, and don't really say a whole lot. It's a repetitive song that talks a lot about sleeping. And the gist of the verses is simply that a little hen is going to lay an egg for the little one – but only if he goes to sleep right away. In each new verse the hen is a different colour, and the place where she lays her eggs rhymes with her colour.

So the grey hen ( la poulette grise ) lays her egg in the church ( l’église ) while the white hen ( la poulette blanche ) lays hers amongst some branches ( les branches. ) There are a series of about five or six hens who all find amusing places to lay their eggs: in a wardrobe, in a barn (OK, so that one isn't that odd,) in amongst the bed covers, on the moon...

Hopefully by the end of the song, a little one has been tucked into bed and is ready to sleep. Of course that was never the case with my Bug, who had a sleep disorder! But we still enjoyed those cuddles together, and he did quiet down a good bit while we listened to the song. Maybe you can enjoy this sog with a special little someone in your life. The link is for a cover and not the Carmen Campagne/Connie Kaldor duet we listened to, but it's pretty close. I hope you like it!

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MegL wrote on July 23, 2015, 3:17 AM

That sounds like a good collection of songs. I used to use a cd of Irish songs by Barmbrack (a group). There is a Welsh song that uses colours. It's not a lullaby but sings of bringing in the goats. "Oes gafr eto", "is there another goat?" The chorus is "gafr wen, wen, wen" and the next verse will have "gafr las, las las" etc. (White, blue).

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Ruby3881 wrote on July 23, 2015, 3:58 AM

A singing group named after a cake? Interesting! The Welsh song sounds like it might be fun to look into. I'll have to see if I can find a copy emoticon :smile:

MegL wrote on July 23, 2015, 4:15 AM

Barmbrack is a fruit loaf. They sing some comic Irish songs as well as ballads.

AliCanary wrote on July 23, 2015, 4:29 PM

What color was the one who laid her eggs sur la lune? Lullabies are so fanciful, and sometimes a little weird--I'm looking at you, Rockabye Baby (I do think the tale of Adamanthea must have had something to do with that, at least in passing). And then there's Alouette, which sings so jauntily about plucking feathers out of a little birdie's head!

Feisty56 wrote on July 23, 2015, 10:47 PM

What wonderful memories! It's amazing to me how certain songs, tunes when heard can carry us back to certain times and memories.

ViperGirl85 wrote on July 29, 2015, 12:57 AM

Awe, those are sweet memories. :) I haven't tried anymore challenges in a while, stuck on a few elsewhere lol.