songs and stories for sophia

Now that Sophia can hear (though with some serious interference I’m sure…there’s a lot of belly between her and the world), we’ve begun to up the musical intake. We wanted to serenade her the other night, but Josh quickly ditched the classics, such as Rock a bye Baby, due to their disturbing lyrics. Instead, we went with “Wonderwall” by Oasis (which was also our wedding song) because some 1990s rock still rocks. She responded well with some very strong kicks/punches of approval. She’s so hardcore. “Bohemian Rhapsody” by Queen also goes over well. Today we played her a recording of Josh on the sitar and she got super active. We’re trying to train her early since Josh has a vision of Sophia basking in the glow of listening to him practice and then one day picking up the little baby sitar (that we already have–of course) to play with him.

Story-wise, NPR provides a solid range–she gets some Car Talk to stay in touch with her East Coast roots, some Think Out Loud to connect with her Northwest peeps, and Marketplace because Kai Ryssdal rocks. This American Life and Speaking of Faith provide moments for philosophical pondering. We’ve also got Daddy Cuddles cos the title is just so frickn’ adorable and Good Night Moon which my parents bought as soon as we told them we were pregnant.

But we know there’s more out there. So what are the songs we should be singing/playing? What are the stories we should be telling? And of course, we’re not just looking for in-utero recommendations, but the essentials we should have tucked away for Sophia’s arrival into this wide wide world.

On a side note, my father shared this anecdote the other day re: baby sex identification–he knows of three women who recently gave birth. All of them found out the sex of the babies at their respective ultrasounds. All of them gave birth to the opposite. Sooo…even though we’re calling Baby Fierce “Sophia,” who knows who we’ll meet in March:-)

About jessicaepierce

Jessica Pierce has worked a a farm hand, file clerk, bicycle mechanic and teaching poet. After taking up space every where from the San Joaquin Valley to Arkansas to Boston to Guatemala to India to Oakland, she now lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband, a sitar player, and their two year old daughter. As the lead teacher and language arts teacher at an alternative school outside of Portland, she works with high school students at risk of dropping out. She also teaches summer creative writing classes at St. Mary's Academy in downtown Portland. Her work has been published in the Painted Bridge Quarterly, the Christian Science Monitor weekly magazine,, The Times of India (Kolkata), and the Northwest Review, which nominated her for Meridian magazine’s 2007 Best New Poets anthology. She’s had the privilege of studying with Rosanna Warren, Dorianne Laux, Pimone Triplett, Sam Witt and Jorie Graham.
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11 Responses to songs and stories for sophia

  1. Kathy says:

    Oh, friend. A plethora of baby tunes is headed your way. As a loving auntie and friend of many who have become mothers, I have accumulated a larger than normal collection of baby tunes and lullabies (sans weirdo lyrics) to share with you. 🙂

  2. Kirsten says:

    My favorite lullaby to sing is Distant Melody from Peter Pan.

    • i’ve never heard this one! thanks also for the winter coat offer–i’ll check in as the weather gets colder:-) we’re going to do cloth, but a pack of disposables isn’t a bad idea for the beginning…we totally appreciate your generosity!

      • Kirsten says:

        Here’s a video of it.

        Once upon a time and long ago
        I heard someone singing
        Soft and low
        Now when day is done
        And night is near
        I recall this song I used to hear
        My child, my very own,
        Don’t be afraid, you’re not alone
        Sleep until the dawn
        For all is well
        Long ago this song was sung to me
        Now it’s just a distant melody
        Somewhere from the past I used to know
        Once upon a time
        And long ago…

  3. pop pop says:

    Do your remember the simple lullaby:
    “Good night little Jessica,
    good night, good night.
    Good night little Jessica,
    good night…”
    I’d sing in ever quieter refrains,
    (a la Good Night Moon’s ever so slowly darkening pages)
    until your eyes finally closed?
    “Hush little baby,
    don’t say a word,
    Papa gonna buy you a mocking bird…

    …you’ll still be the sweetest little baby in town…”

  4. kristen says:

    one word- Raffi
    oh another- Jack Johnson any of it

  5. Chantel says:

    Three Little Birds by Bob Marley.

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