We use music in our house the same way everyone else does. We de-stress and decompress with it and we use it to get fired up and have fun. I'm not 'really into my music', as they say but I enjoy it as much as anyone. Kate is very tuned into music, so to speak. She seems to have a natural talent for it. She can focus on music far longer than she can focus on anything else. She is on the waiting list to receive music therapy and I know she'll love it. We are looking for a piano so she can explore her talent at home. I am the first to roll my eyes at the theory that all children with autism are savants and that is not what I am getting at here. I just think she loses herself in the music the way only a few can. She responds to almost any music but here are some of songs we are using lately. It changes with our moods but for now here is our playlist for a dance party. And just for your information we deal with enough at this house so we refuse to add songs from "The Wiggles", "The Imagination Movers" or anything Disney with one exception: Toy Story's You've Got a Friend in Me. These songs might not compliment one another or make any sense as a playlist to some but this is what makes us happy and we like it.
Guns N' Roses Welcome to the Jungle
Sorry about all the ads. You Tube used to be better. Anyway, we start out with a little Guns N' Roses because it is a great way to get amped up. Now, before you click away; I know that this is not an appropriate song for a toddler, but she doesn't know that, so we rock on! Haters gonna hate. Wait 'til you see what is coming up.
Robbie Williams Rock DJ
We move on to Rock DJ because it is so much fun to dance to. I didn't post the actual video because the last few minutes are a bit disturbing but if you are into that kind of thing you can click here. Go ahead, I will wait. Gross huh?
The Cure Mint Car
Next, onto one of my favourite bands of all time. The Cure. This song just makes us happy. This is how I feel about my girls.
M.I.A. Bucky Done Gun
Once again, not exactly a toddler friendly message but the beat gets us dancing so it's staying on the list! Hopefully, you have no idea what she is talking about so this song will seem a little more appropriate.
Blind Melon Three is the Magic Number
No playlist is complete without Blind Melon and it is the perfect song for kids. Finally, something appropriate.
Green Day Boulevard of Broken Dreams
At this point in our dance party we need to start winding things down. When our girls dance they really and truly dance so they get tired quickly. We do this with one of Alex's choices. A great band and a great song.
The Lemonheads Into Your Arms
This is not the greatest clip but it is the best I could find. Great song though and it really settles her back down. It suits Kate as well because she finds comfort in hugs and is happiest wrapped tightly in our arms.
Bonus Track for Alex: Bonnie Tyler I Need a Hero :)
Kidding….but there is no doubt our girls really do see Alex this way and it is a well-deserved admiration. So, there you have it. I'd love to know what is on your playlist?
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