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I have a gift for you! I’m so pumped about this offering that I’m forcing an out of order post – and you know how our host loves breaking schedules…. So here it is, a song list (see end of post). But not just any song list, it comes with directions.
1. Stop (seriously, freeze).
2. Read the list.
3. Don’t judge.
4. Immediately download each song.
5. Put them on a play list in this exact order.
6. Gather your kids (age is unimportant).
7. Press play.
8. Start dancing (no moves required).
9. Thank me.
Some context…. I woke up this morning rough around the edges, due to Friday’s irresponsible over-consumption with friends and family (college basketball was the excuse, not that one is typically required). So when my wife announced she was heading out the door for morning boxing, I was still in my PJs (boxers and the shirt from the night before) with hair disheveled and the coffee flowing fast and furious. To be frank, my initial thought was “how in the hell am I going to survive the next 2 hours with these 4 wonderful kiddies?”
And then, like a gift from the music and hangover gods (a powerful sub-committee, chaired by our dear friend Molly, I discovered a CD in the kitchen titled “Spring 2012, JNW”. I froze (see direction No. 1). I did not judge (No. 2). I pressed play (No. 6). MAGIC. I was immediately sold with a smooth version of Sunday Morning, which inspired me to clean the kitchen for my wife (that’s going in the “good deeds” book). The whole time I was dancing like a complete fool and my girls were watching intently while finishing their bananas and milk. They felt it. They were bobbing their heads. They wanted in.
Once the kitchen was clean, it transformed into a dance club for one stinky, 33-year-old man, two boys with moves that required them to spin on the floor (a lot), and of course the princesses. I slow danced with my girls. At one point, Princess B laid her head down on my shoulder and almost fell asleep. Princess A got the next slow dance (not to a slow dance song). She laughed hysterically at the turns and crazy arm movements. Next, all three of us danced on the floor, while the boys danced around us. THIS WENT ON FOR ALL 17 TRACKS. No skipping. We pretended to be a band to Coldplay. We pretended to be 15-year-old girls to Miley Cyrus. What didn’t need “pretending” was the pure joy we all felt in sharing this time together. It ended up as one of the best mornings of my life. Strong statement. I mean it.
Here is the exact text I sent to my wife when track 17 finally played out: “I don’t know who is responsible for the CD mix playing in our kitchen, I suppose its you or Mol, but THANK YOU!! We (the 4 + dad) just started all 17 songs over again. I’ve break danced with my boys, slow danced with my girls, and generally used at least one Dave Matthews dance move with every song. This was one of the best mornings of my life, the mix had me at Sunday Morning. And we never had to skip songs! Yeahhhhhhhh!”
Can you feel the energy? Go get yourself some….
1. Sunday Morning, Maroon 5
2. Not Your Fault, Awolnation
3. Christmas Lights, Coldplay
4. Brighter Than The Sun, Colbie Caillat
5. Blow Away, A Fine Frenzy
6. Shake It Out, Florence + The Machine
7. Somebody That I Used To Know, Gotye featuring Kimbra
8. Maybe, Ingred Michaelson
9. Beautiful World (We’re All Here), Jim Brickman featuring Adam Crossley
10. Time To Pretend, MGMT
11. Party In The USA, Miley Cyrus
12. What The Water Gave Me, Florence + The Machine
13. Unthought Known, Pearl Jam
14. Fidelity, Regina Spektor
15. Oxford Comma, Vampire Weekend
16. Give Me Everything, Pitbull featuring Ne-Yo, Afrojack, and Nayer
17. Life in Technicolor II, Coldplay
Bonus Track (I’m an even number guy):
18. American Music, Violent Femmes