March 27, 2008

Their Own Music

Our family loves music, all kinds of music and we listen to a lot of it often. As they get older they have started developing their own tastes - limited still by what we choose to let them listen to in the first place. For awhile they were content to just listen to the playlists we made for them on our yahoo music account or their playlists on my zune. A few months ago I made Rhiannon her own cd and she loved it, the kids started fighting over it and wanted to have their own but with some of her songs and some of their own favorites. Recently I took some time to make them their own cd's, Rhiannon has moved on to an mp3 player - so I just add the songs she likes when she wants them. Her play lists have gotten too long to list (some of her favorites are Relient K, Casting Crowns, Rich Mullins, her dad, Andy Cooney, Sara Groves and Hawk Nelson)but here is the recent CD I made for Ciaran:

I Can't Wait - Sara Groves
California - Hawk Nelson
Supernatural - Hillsong Kids
Head on Collison - Hawk Nelson
On the March - Hillsong Kids
This is Your Life - Switchfoot
Made to Love You - Tobymac
The Cartoon Song - Chris Rice
The Story of Chess - Broadway Chess recording
Ain't Easy Being Green - Kermit the Frog
Life of a Salesman - Yellowcard
Watching You - Rodney Atkins
Boy Like You/Man Like Me - Rich Mullins
I'll Do My Best - Go Fish
To God Be the Glory - Group Publishing VBS
Jesus Take the Wheel - Carrie Underwood
Untitled Hymn (Come to Jesus) - Chris Rice
Never Underestimate My Jesus - Relient K
Fireflies - Faith Hill
Starfish -Sara Groves
Pooh Corner - Kenny Loggins
Rainbow Connection - Kenny Loggins

Here is Sirah's most recent cd (there is quite a bit of overlap with Ciaran's):
I Can't Wait - Sara Groves
I'll Do My Best - Go Fish
God Will Never Stop Loving You - Karyn Henley
Supernatural - Hillsong Kids
Big Bad Billy - Go Fish
This Little Light of Mine - Go Fish
To be a cat - Aristocats soundtrack
Jesus Take the Wheel - Carrie Underwood
Never Underestimate my Jesus - Relient K
You're My Little Girl - Go Fish
Whole New World - Alladin soundtrack
Beautiful Child - Sara Groves
Cinderella - Steven Curtis Chapman
Fireflies - Faith Hill
Pooh Corner - Kenny Loggins
In My Daughters Eyes - Martina McBride
Pray for Me - Michael W. Smith
Untitled Hymn (Come to Jesus)- Chris Rice
All the Pretty ponies - Kenny Loggins

You know when it comes down to it this was a very simple thing to do for my children and they really appreciate it. They often go in their room to play and listen to the CD and they usually fall asleep to it. It was a simple gift that was tailored to their likes and a way to share something important to us all - music.

A simple gift to give your children if you have a cd burner. Amazon has a great collection of non-DRM music that you can purchase individual songs if you don't own them. Of course most of my children's choices we already owned because that is what they listen to - though they did request a few songs specifically they heard on the radio or elsewhere. I know our kids appreciate it ages 8, 7 and 4.

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