Songs to raise a well rounded listener

Updated: Dec 1, 2018

In my circle of family and friends everyone makes fun of my musical choices. It’s always been that way and I’m ok with it. They might make fun of my musical choices – but when the time comes for a party they all love my playlists because I tell you something I do well – I can construct a playlist like a boss.


You’ve gotta have something mellow for when people arrive. Something to get them chatting. Then you break out the ballads when everyone is limbered up, had a few drinks and ready to get their dance on.


I consider myself a musical person. I don’t play anything particularly well but I have enough knowledge of music to think I could if I worked hard enough. I played piano as a kid, and have dabbled in guitar but have never put in the effort I should to master it.


When I first became a stepmum I would do the school pick up one afternoon in our week. The highlight for the kids was me letting them take charge of my Spotify on the way home. I’d slip in a few of my favourites along the way, they’d moan, and then sing along or be in awe that I knew all the words to the Fresh Prince.


My Mum and Dad have definitley shaped my own music preferences. We always had the radio on with Mum, and Dad introduced me to the big guns - Orbison, Cash, Cooper... So now thinking about what I'd like Remy to listen to - my answer is a bit of everything... Not just the big voices or the hot hits – because he will get to know those anyway. But I got to thinking - what songs will open his mind and help him develop a diverse and eclectic love of all kinds of music. My answer, of course, is a bangin playlist.

I want him to hear and love all different kinds of voices. All different kinds of beats.

SO listen up in this order and I’ll take you on the journey:

  • To open his mind – Claire de Lune by Claude Debussy

  • To appreciate the classic sounds - Louis Armstrong – La Vie en Rose

  • To love acoustic guitar - City and Colour – Sleeping Sickness

  • To enjoy slow rainy Sundays - Harvest Moon – Neil Young

  • To feel connected - Van Morrison – Into the Mystic

  • To foster a secret love of country music – Travellin Soldier – Dixie Chicks

  • To appreciate local talent (and appreciate his mother) - The Waifs – Gillian

  • To grow to be a tender man - Steve Tyrell - The Way You Look Tonight

  • To know you can take something really good and still make it better - Aretha Franklin’s version of Border Song by Elton John with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

  • To love a swingin beat - In the Mood - Glenn Miller & Orchestra

  • And a little sweet soul music - Sweet Soul Music – Arthur Conley

  • To pick him up – Spirit in the Sky Norman Greenbaum

  • And up - Kokomo The Beach Boys

  • To not just listen to the radio hits - Haim - The Wire

These are the ones a little (more) left of centre that make you a well-rounded listener and knowledgeable about the world.

  • To always have a little fun – Dolly Parton - Applejack

  • To tell a story – A boy named Sue – Johnny Cash

  • To love a showtune – Razzle Dazzle from Chicago

  • To embrace the kooky - Alice Cooper - Cold Ethyl (ha that will be an interesting conversation down the track)

  • To never forget your roots - James Blundell - Way Out West

And now the big guns – the rock ballads, the big voices, the teasers to get him into the big ones:

  • To want to travel the world (oh the drums) - La Grange - ZZ Top

  • To understand hard work - Stevie Wonder - Living for the City

  • To know the greats - Elvis – Hound Dog

  • To think of me – John Farnham - You're The Voice

  • To know his Dad – George Michael - Freedom! '90

  • To go his own way - Lenny Kravitz - Are You Gonna Go My Way

  • To feel greatness – Michael Jackson – The way you make me feel

  • To know the words to something cool at Karaoke - Queen - Bohemian Rhapsody

  • To enjoy a dance off at a wedding – Daddy Cool - Eagle Rock

  • To get fired up - Foo Fighters – Everlong

  • To like it loud - The Vines - Get Free

  • Because it's already his favourite and cos "She say, "Do you love me?" I tell her, "Only partly, I only love my bed and my momma, I'm sorry." God's Plan - Drake

And to always come home – Leon Bridges - Coming Home


Fancy listening to my “Songs for a well rounded listener” (it's good for everyone not just babies :)) – check it here out on Spotify.


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