I love music. All genres of music. I have quite the mix of everything on my ipod and I play it all day every day. If I am home and awake, my little ipod is playing away on the ipod dock in my kitchen. I have always had it shuffling through all the songs in my collection. It makes for an interesting mix and I tend to hear a song or two each day that I haven’t heard in a while and wouldn’t have heard if I was just playing a playlist. Until recently, I had never really understood the point of playlists or why you would want to confine yourself to a certain number or genre of songs. I like the randomness and unpredictability of shuffling all of my music. That is until I became the proud, new owner of the Dora the Explorer complete discography. Adding a bazillion Dora songs to my ipod really messed with my shuffling fun. Now, when I’m in the kitchen cooking or working my way through my pile of dirty dishes while the babies are napping, I’m listening to a mix of my favourites: Coldplay, Dave Matthews Band, Jack Johnson and then catch myself singing along to “If there’s a place you need to go, I’m the one you need to know! I’m the map! I’m the map! I’m the map!” Uggghh…skip track. The babies are sleeping and I’m listening to this? Back to adult music: Katy Perry, Aerosmith, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Ray LaMontagne, Queen and then “I’m the grumpy old trollll who lives under the bridge.” Uggh… Playlist needed! A playlist would prevent this from happening. I totally get it now. Building a playlist that includes everything on my ipod EXCEPT my Dora discography is on my to-do list. I’m confident I will get to it by the year 2043.
I only listen to the radio from time to time in the car and since I don’t leave the house very often or go very far, listening to the radio is a rare activity of mine. Because I listen to my ipod all the time and haven’t added any new music (except for Dora) to it in hmmm 16 months, I never have a good idea of what is new and current. I realized this while watching this year’s Grammy Awards Show and I only recognized a couple of the songs that were performed live (from what I saw before I fell asleep because that show was on waaaay past my bedtime! I don’t remember it ever being on so late in the past! haha) So, the next day, determined to get “current” again, I ordered the 2013 Grammy Nominees album online, for the first time since elementary school when Seal’s “Kiss from a Rose” was on it. I popped it in my car’s CD player to learn some new songs and get back in touch with the real world.
I guess it’s easy to get out of touch with what’s new and hip when you don’t leave the house much and spend a lot of time listening to the Dora the Explorer discography. (Did you know she has 87 songs? Insane!) Just last weekend, I was a bridesmaid in my sister’s wedding and a song came on the radio in the limo bus and everyone in the wedding party started dancing and singing along and I had never heard it before. Yikes! It was like being in elementary school when we would record songs on a cassette tape as they played on the radio and then play them back over and over to learn all the words. Then at the school dance, they end up playing the ONE song that you don’t know the words to and you’re instantly the outcast who doesn’t know it. It’s a complete blow to the ego! Anyway, this song on the limo bus is apparently a # 1 hit on all the charts and has been for a while. I didn’t know it but I could show you how to “shake your dino tail” a la Barney right now if you asked. Go ahead! I dare you!
So anyway, the 2013 Grammy Nominee album stayed in my CD player for a long time (and not just because it seriously is stuck in there and won’t come out when I press eject but because I do enjoy it.) One day, as I am driving with my daughter who was about 9 months old at the time, she starts having a complete meltdown. She starts screaming and crying at the top of her lungs and no matter how many times I tell her that we are almost home, she was not going to let up. To make matters worse, it had also started to snow and was turning into a blizzard. It was hard to see the road and hard to concentrate with my poor, little girl screaming behind me. I tried to calmly talk to her and tried singing her favourite song “Baby Beluga” which usually calms her right down. Nothing worked. Driving in a storm is scary. Driving with a screaming baby is frustrating and heartbreaking. Putting the two together is absolutely AWFUL. We were about 15 minutes away from home and she was still screaming at the top of her lungs when the next track on my 2013 Grammy Nominee album came on. It was Gotye’s “Somebody I Used to Know.” Within about 8 seconds of this song starting, my daughter stopped crying. She quietly listening and tried to catch her breath. About halfway through, she let out a big sigh and peacefully listened to the entire song. When the song ended and the next one started, she started to fuss again. Weird. So, out of curiosity, I changed it back to track #4, Gotye’s “Somebody I Used to Know” and she stopped crying again. Crazy.
When I pulled in the driveway and opened the door to the backseat to take her out of the car and bring her inside, I figured she would be asleep since she had been so quiet for the remainder of the ride home. I opened the door to see her beautiful, bright eyes, red and puffy from crying but content staring back at me. Incredible. I suppose there is something comforting, calming and lullaby-like about the melody throughout the song.
This song is now my go-to song to help comfort crying babies in the car while driving. After spending Family Day visiting my family in Kitchener (just under 2 hours from home,) my daughter was incredibly tired and started to fuss on the drive home. I couldn’t wait to show my husband my new “trick.” I told him to prepare to me amazed…and he was! Disc 3, Track 4 for Gotye’s “Somebody I Used to Know” was all we needed and she was instantly content and at peace for the whole ride home. It’s not a bad song to listen to over and over again either.
I wondered if it was just my daughter who liked this song or if it was something that appealed to other babies or even ALL babies. My son is now 5 months old and has reached an age where he cries when he is tired and isn’t in his own bed to sleep. He cries to let me know that he wants to go home to his own bed and wants to go NOW! I have tried out playing Gotye’s “Somebody I Used to Know” when he was fussing in the car and it worked for him as well! To make it even more believable that this song is truly magical and sends some sort of subliminal lullaby message to babies, when BOTH babies (16 months and 5 months old) were completely exhausted and crying on the way home from the pumpkin patch this weekend, we switched to Disc 3, Track 4 in the mom-mobile’s CD player and they both stopped crying as soon as they heard the introduction to the song. Unbelievable.
My experiment has only gone as far as my 2 babies but I’m curious to know whether this song will calm other babies or if I have the world’s tiniest Gotye fans. If you have a baby or know someone who does, the next time he or she is fussing in the car, try it out and let me know what happens! If no one else has success with playing this song for their fussy baby then I am absolutely getting Gotye onesies made for both of my kids for Christmas.
As for the hot song in the limo bus, I have downloaded it and played it over and over and I’m ready for whenever an opportunity arises to publicly sing it at the top of my lungs. I’m sure it’s “soooo yesterday” by now but this should hold me out until I can get my hands on the 2014 Grammy Nominees album.
P.S. If you don’t know the song, “Somebody I Used to Know” by Gotye (which I’m sure you will as soon as you hear it) you can watch the video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8UVNT4wvIGY
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