Not every love story is a romantic one. Some of the deepest, most meaningful love stories are the familial love between parents and children. Not all of my love stories feature parents, because not everyone wants to be a parent, but I made deliberate choices to make my featured couples who ARE parents, loving, supportive ones. And while the number of love songs that could be applied to the parent/child relationship are dwarfed by those written about romantic love, I still love some of these love songs. This is the first of two posts I’m going to make about these kinds of songs. They end up being Those Songs At Weddings…you know…
Mother/Son; Father/Daughter dance-type songs.
This post features the songs I thought about while writing Growth in the Building Series…some of these are obvious choices…some of these are maybe not so obvious…for when the characters we came to know in Building: A Love Story and Community see their children grow into adulthood and start their own romantic lives and families. Like I’ve said in previous posts, when I write, I see a movie playing in my head, and these are soundtrack songs. I won’t specify which song goes with which parent/child pairing, but…readers of all three books can probably guess with decent accuracy if you listen to them (and like I said…some of them are OBVIOUS).
You can’t fool me, I saw you when you came out
You got your momma’s taste but you got my mouth
And you will always have a part of me
Nobody else is ever going to see
Gracie girlWith your cards to your chest walking on your toes
What you got in the box only Gracie knows
And I would never try to make you be
Anything you didn’t really want to be
Gracie girlLife flies by in seconds
You’re not a baby Gracie, you’re my friend
You’ll be a lady soon but until then
You gotta do what I say
You nodded off in my arms watching TV
I won’t move you an inch even though my arm’s asleepOne day you’re gonna want to go
I hope we taught you everything you need to know
Gracie girlAnd there will always be a part of me
Nobody else is ever gonna see but you and me
My little girl
My Gracie girl
Part Two is going to be the songs that the younger parents I’ve written feel for or sing to their younger children. Some of these overlap, I think…readers know that Kurtis and Jess sang to their kids for sure. The other parents probably did too. Sometimes That Dance at a wedding is a song that was a former lullaby. A couple of those are. ^^^^^
And sometimes, a parent will make a non-traditional ‘children’s’ song a lullaby, or just a song they sing to and with their child a lot. So there will be more of these types of songs tomorrow. (Hope I didn’t make anybody cry…happens to me with the parent/child songs sometimes).