Whenever I bathe Sam, I sing the same sequence of songs to her. The songs were random at first–just whatever came into my head that I knew the words to. However, over time, they’ve solidified into a definite mommy sing list. Here they are:
1. Dites-moi pourquoi la vie est belle… (from South Pacific– I LOVED that musical when I was a teenager).
2. Savez-vous planter les choux
3. Frere Jacques
4. Elvis Presley Blues
5. You Are My Sunshine
6. Ruination Day, Part II
7. Orphan Girl
#4, 6, & 7 are Gillian Welch tunes that I have been learning to play on the guitar. Ruination Day came to mind one night when Sam was screaming bloody hell as I lifted her out of the bath and toweled her off (she was cold, I suspect). So now its dour tones are the soundtrack for our drying ritual.
I love these Gillian Welch songs, but they are sad sad. It will be interesting to talk to Sam about them one day. Perhaps I will choose cheerier tunes when she is verbal?