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LJI - Season 8 - Week 2: The Magic CD

This is my entry this week for therealljidol. I invite you to read and vote for the many fine entries. This week's topic is "Three Little Words."

My 16-month-old son's wail from the back seat ends our conversation as instantly as a baseball-bat-wielding school principal. "Play the magic CD," my husband orders. I hit Number 6 on the six-CD player. We hold our breath.

Tranquil guitar strains fill the car. Soothing voices, a man and woman, sing a pleasant melody. We are stuck in traffic on a slushy Saturday, but this same scene has played out in sun and rain, day and night, in cool and hot weather.

For a short while, my son's cries continue. But soon, the CD works its magic (hence our nickname for it), and the back-seat wailing ends. By the third song, our little Kung Fu Panda is asleep. "Every little thing is going to be all right," the singing duo, Renee and Jeremy, assure us.

I shouldn't be surprised that a CD could work such miracles. Even in the womb, when I listened to music, KFP kicked to the beat. Based on his response, I decided his favorite groups were the Beatles and Stereolab. I used to imagine him spinning and waving his limbs in an ecstatic, aquatic dance.

A music lover still, he dances to anything with a beat. He likes to discover new sounds and loves, for example, to bang a shampoo bottle against our old-fashioned claw-foot tub, which is made of heavy-duty metal covered with enamel and rings like a dull bell. He adores musical toys and likes to play DJ, starting one toy with one hand and then another with his other hand, stopping and starting them in an endless chaotic musical loop.

Little surprise that our dancing toddler hates to be strapped into his car seat. He especially hates being stopped in traffic; the weight of inertia on his nimble limbs must feel like torture.

When I bought this CD, I never could have imagined how important it would become to my family. Back in my early days on Twitter, I was followed by a musician, @jeremytoback. I checked out his Web site and was intrigued by the colorful, child-like artwork. Previewing the album, "It's a Big World," I loved the simple, folky arrangements. Back then, I wasn't even pregnant, and I didn't realize I was buying an album of lullabies. I didn't know that one day I would depend on that CD to soothe my child at times when I couldn't hold him; to embrace him with music and rock him to sleep. All I knew was that I loved Renee and Jeremy's Bob Marley cover, "Three Little Birds."

KFP Asleep
KFP falls asleep at last.

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Oct. 31st, 2011 04:04 am (UTC)
Aww, what a sweet story and photo!
Oct. 31st, 2011 04:07 am (UTC)
Honestly, it was the first thing that popped into my head when I read the topic. After that, I couldn't think of anything else!
Oct. 31st, 2011 04:15 am (UTC)
oh yea, a fellow music lover! raise him well. :) this is such a simple story telling post, i like it. it feels fresh and real.
Oct. 31st, 2011 05:47 am (UTC)
Thank you. I'm glad to hear it.
Oct. 31st, 2011 07:44 am (UTC)
Aw how cute. It's amazing how magical the magic CD truly is : ).
Nov. 1st, 2011 12:26 pm (UTC)
When it first happened, we were delighted and wondered if it was because of the CD. Turns out it was!
Oct. 31st, 2011 02:26 pm (UTC)
It sounds like it is definitely priceless. Thank God you have it. My favorite CD for kids is called Under the Green Corn Moon. It is a set of Native American songs from different tribes. I even listen to it when I want to sleep. lol.
Nov. 1st, 2011 12:27 pm (UTC)
I'll have to look for that one. It would probably be wise to have a backup.
Oct. 31st, 2011 03:44 pm (UTC)
Music is incredibly soothing. I'm glad you discovered the magic CD, and that it works so well.
Nov. 1st, 2011 12:28 pm (UTC)
Me, too. Especially in the car, but it works anywhere. If it doesn't put him to sleep, it always calms him.
Oct. 31st, 2011 07:20 pm (UTC)
music can work wonders, thank goodness. :)
Nov. 1st, 2011 12:28 pm (UTC)
You bet!
Oct. 31st, 2011 09:33 pm (UTC)
It's amazing how little things in our lives can become so important, like your magic CD. :)
Nov. 1st, 2011 12:28 pm (UTC)
I'm grateful for it.
Nov. 1st, 2011 03:33 am (UTC)
He looks so angelic when he's sleeping!

And I love the KFP nickname you have for him.
Nov. 1st, 2011 12:30 pm (UTC)
I have way too many pics of him sleeping. :) He is Kung Fu Panda because when he was nursing for the first time, he pulled the IV out of my hand. My husband and I joked he had "kung fu action grip." Then, after they gave him his first bath, they returned him to me in a panda blanket. The nickname was born. I started using it right away, and my friends started shortening it to "KFP."
Nov. 1st, 2011 04:33 am (UTC)
A sweet entry, well done.
Nov. 1st, 2011 12:30 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
Nov. 1st, 2011 06:51 am (UTC)
how sweet!
Nov. 1st, 2011 12:31 pm (UTC)
Once he's asleep, it's sweet. Until then, it's torture for us all!
Nov. 1st, 2011 04:13 pm (UTC)
I say "awwwwwwww"
Jul. 5th, 2012 09:33 pm (UTC)
Does it help to know that I read ALL of my comments, even if I don't always get a chance to respond? Thanks for responding.
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Jul. 5th, 2012 09:34 pm (UTC)
I will definitely check it out. Thanks!
Nov. 1st, 2011 05:30 pm (UTC)
Super cute!!! And the writing was good, too. ;)

Jul. 5th, 2012 09:34 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much!

Sorry about the delayed response. I'm trying to get caught up on my comments in case I get voted out this week, which is looking increasingly more likely, given the tight polls! Well, in four hours, I'll know my fate. *crosses fingers*
Nov. 1st, 2011 05:40 pm (UTC)
Such a cute post and such a cute kid!
Jul. 5th, 2012 09:34 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I happen to think so.
Nov. 2nd, 2011 12:17 am (UTC)
Awwww. :D

My 9 month old son loves music and dances the best he can (he can only stand while holding onto things right now). I may have to get him this CD - we have the Fisher Price rainforest lullaby CD but you never know when you'll need to change things up.
Jul. 5th, 2012 09:35 pm (UTC)
My son also used to love the whale sounds that his Sleep Sheep played. I often think that some day he'll see a whale and begin speaking whale to him. :)
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