The power of music

Up to my elbows in breakfast dishes, I stood at the kitchen sink with Smiley our 16-month-old at my feet grizzling.

She had wrapped herself around one of my legs making it wet with her tears and drool as she begged to be held.

I gave Dave an exasperated look. The day had only just begun, but I already felt like I was at my limit.

Rather than picking Smiley up, Dave gave me his signature crooked grin and casually walked over to the CD player, put on a CD and cranked the volume.

As David Gray’s soulful voice filled the room, Smiley’s grizzles began to subside. She let go of me to watch her Daddy with interest.

With the tempo picking up, Dave started to dance. In our lounge room. Without a care in the world. His good mood contagious.

Curly-locks our three-year-old dropped what she was doing and skipped toward her Daddy to join in. She twirled and jumped and shook her hips, the two of them now completely lost in the music.

Watching them from the kitchen sink, I noticed Smiley out of the corner of my eye bottom shuffling closer to the action. With her eyes bright and her toothy grin wide she slowly but surely moved from seated position to crouching, similar to a weightlifter preparing to lift. As she steadied herself and slowly began to rise, I let out a squeal of excitement only to completely put her off and cause her to plop back down to the ground in a rush. I had only put her off momentarily though as she instantly tried again. This time she successfully stood up. She gave herself a round of applause as the three of us rushed in to congratulate her.

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This was the very first time Smiley stood up unassisted. It was a milestone that had been a long time coming.

Smiley had decided at that moment that she didn’t want to be left out. She wanted to dance with her big sister, she wanted to dance with her Daddy, she wanted to be part of the fun.

I grinned wildly as tears ran down my cheeks. Tears of relief that Smiley was finally making progress, tears of gratitude for Dave that he knows just what to do to lighten the mood, and tears of happiness for our little family, the memories we are making and the love that we have.

Now every time I hear David Gray’s Please forgive me I will remember this moment.

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Which songs do you have as the soundtrack to the big moments in your life?

Linking up today with My Little Sunshine House for Sunshine Sunday inspired by the theme – Music.

 

41 comments on The power of music

  1. Lucy @ Bake Play Smile
    March 9, 2014 at 6:59 am (3 years ago)

    That is so gorgeous!!! Oh there are so many songs that remind me of being a teenager and then of course our wedding song! It’s amazing how certain songs remind you of different times in your life. I totally remember pretending to be The Spice Girls at school!!

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      March 9, 2014 at 7:56 pm (3 years ago)

      Lol. Me too, Lucy. I was posh spice πŸ™‚

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  2. Lyd
    March 9, 2014 at 7:12 am (3 years ago)

    There are plenty of songs that trigger memories but for the life of me, I can’t think of anything! My partner & I have very different taste in music so our wedding song was Volare by the Gypsy Kings – we both liked it & it’s Italian, as is his family. I still like that song…

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      March 9, 2014 at 7:56 pm (3 years ago)

      I love that song too, Lydia. Brilliant choice.

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  3. Bec | Mumma Tells
    March 9, 2014 at 7:40 am (3 years ago)

    What a lovely moment, Renee. And one you will be able to relive time and time again, with thanks to music.
    I am thankful to have had music at Tiny’s birth for the very same reason. The fact I can pinpoint the actual song to which she took her first breath is even better. X

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      March 9, 2014 at 7:57 pm (3 years ago)

      That is really amazing stuff, Bec. I love that xx

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  4. Zanni Louise
    March 9, 2014 at 9:23 am (3 years ago)

    How beautiful Renee. I am tingling with emotion. I love that song too. It’s fitting that it should be matched to a major milestone in your life. Standing to music! Thanks so much for linking in for #sunshinesundays xx

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      March 9, 2014 at 7:57 pm (3 years ago)

      Thanks Zanni. I’m glad you liked it. Loving sunshine sundays xx

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  5. Kathy
    March 9, 2014 at 10:02 am (3 years ago)

    What a lovely story Renee – I have songs for both our kids that really remind me of the special moments we adopted them – ‘Angels brought me here’ is Miss Yin’s song, and ‘You make me smile’ by Uncle Cracker is Little Yang’s song. I love David Gray too.

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      March 9, 2014 at 7:58 pm (3 years ago)

      That is so special, Kathy. Lovely choice of songs.

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  6. Lauren
    March 9, 2014 at 10:52 am (3 years ago)

    How special, well done Smiley! The power of music is just amazing xx

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  7. Kate
    March 9, 2014 at 3:47 pm (3 years ago)

    That is so sweet! I have fond memories on my little one nodding his head in time to the drum beat of music. When the music stopped, he stopped, when it started, he was right on time with his nodding in time to the music. Think we have a little drummer. At four, he spent over an hour drumming on his Dad’s kit, never wanting to stop!

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      March 9, 2014 at 7:59 pm (3 years ago)

      Oh oh, that could be quite a noisy hobby πŸ™‚ Some of them just have the music in them don’t they?!

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  8. Tegan
    March 9, 2014 at 4:36 pm (3 years ago)

    What an awesome memory! I had the radio playing while I was in labour (Paul wanted to listen to the Footy) and just after I had him the radio crooned ‘a little ray of sunshine has come into the world’. It was pretty awesome.

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      March 9, 2014 at 8:00 pm (3 years ago)

      Aww bless. What a perfect song, Tegan!!

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  9. Emma Fahy Davis
    March 9, 2014 at 6:56 pm (3 years ago)

    Awww, what a special memory! Hubby’s Sunday morning ritual is to get up and make the girls breakfast and then he puts his Eagles DVD on full volume and sits on the lazyboy rocking out with Rosie. It’s adorable πŸ™‚

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      March 9, 2014 at 8:00 pm (3 years ago)

      That is adorable and so cool. It will make a lovely memory for Rosie πŸ™‚

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  10. Samantha Turnbull
    March 9, 2014 at 7:15 pm (3 years ago)

    I love associating songs with precious moments like that – lovely post πŸ™‚

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      March 9, 2014 at 8:01 pm (3 years ago)

      Thanks Samantha πŸ™‚

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  11. Lisa@RandomActsOfZen
    March 9, 2014 at 10:49 pm (3 years ago)

    Renee, how very awesome! I love that your little possum just couldn’t be left out of the dancing fun.
    I have lots of music that triggers memories, and the it’s surprising how powerful that is. xx

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      March 10, 2014 at 5:55 am (3 years ago)

      It’s amazing isn’t it! Thanks for dropping in, Lisa x

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  12. Caitlin
    March 9, 2014 at 11:55 pm (3 years ago)

    A beautiful memory. Whenever I hear the Billy Joel song “River of Dreams” I remember skating on an ice-rink with my best friend. 17 years old and getting excited together because this was my crushes favourite song. I smile at the memory. Of teenage naivety and innocence. And then I cringe and thank the heavens above that I never married that crush. Totally not my soul mate! That was a lucky escape!

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      March 10, 2014 at 5:56 am (3 years ago)

      Lol, Caitlin! What a great memory. Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚

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  13. Sam Stone (@A Life on Venus)
    March 10, 2014 at 4:08 pm (3 years ago)

    I love music so much! Our kids love to dance too. As soon as they hear music they are bopping along. Music is the best.

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      March 10, 2014 at 8:18 pm (3 years ago)

      It makes for some fun family memories, Sam πŸ™‚

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      March 11, 2014 at 5:48 am (3 years ago)

      It sure is a beautiful memory. Thanks for reading x

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  14. Jen @Survivor's Guide to Colic
    March 11, 2014 at 6:27 pm (3 years ago)

    We’ve been having challenges with nappy change time lately – your blog has inspired me to see if we can improve things with a little music/singing!

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      March 11, 2014 at 7:37 pm (3 years ago)

      Definitely give it a go, Jen! I hope it makes a difference for you. Thanks for dropping in πŸ™‚

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  16. Katie (@mumabytes)
    March 16, 2014 at 10:33 am (3 years ago)

    Oooh how gorgeous!!!! And YAY to your hubby for being so awesome, too. Such cute pics of your little angel getting into the groove πŸ™‚ The music with the most powerful pull for me is almost anything by Alicia Keys which pretty much was the soundtrack of my whole dating and marriage time with Hub, and also there are some Brazilian tunes that just take me straight back to when my daughter was born and life there….Music is pretty amazing, isn’t it. Great post, as always xoxo

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      March 16, 2014 at 9:06 pm (3 years ago)

      Thanks Katie πŸ™‚ I absolutely love Alicia Keys and I can just imagine how those Brazilian tunes would take you back. Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚ xx

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  17. Carla from myyellowheart
    March 16, 2014 at 3:52 pm (3 years ago)

    What a gorgeous moment to share, and David Gray’s music is brilliant.
    Well, this isn’t a huge milestone in my life, but I recall an instant where my eldest Amelie was throwing the hugest of tantrums. Kicking, screaming and I could not get her to calm and relax. I don’t know what came over me, but I remember putting my iPhone on the stereo dock, cranking music and without thinking I started dancing like Elaine from Seinfeld. Almost instantly my daughter looked at me with a WTF look on her face, stopped the kicking and screaming and watched me mesmerised. Eventually I stopped and my daughter said to me “don’t stop Mum, more more”. It was the funniest moment.
    Thanks for reminding me of this Renee. I was just starting to write a post about tantrums, I will have to mention this.
    I love music, and we listen to it throughout most of the day x

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      March 16, 2014 at 9:10 pm (3 years ago)

      Brilliant, Carla!!! I have a friend who dances like Elaine. For real!!! You have just made me smile. I’m glad I was able to remind you of that memory. Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚ x

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  18. Sonia Life Love Hiccups
    March 18, 2014 at 2:47 pm (3 years ago)

    Oh this post just made me feel all warm and fuzzy and brought back so many memories. Feel the Love Generation from Bob Sinclair does that for me as that was when my youngest learned to walk xx

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      March 18, 2014 at 8:56 pm (3 years ago)

      Oh how lovely and what a gorgeous fun song for your youngest to start walking to! xx

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  19. Josefa @always Josefa
    March 25, 2014 at 4:44 pm (3 years ago)

    What a gorgeous post Renee, I just loved melting into this moment with you and your family. Music is very powerful and I think we should surrender it more often in our often busy and hectic lives xx

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      March 25, 2014 at 8:41 pm (3 years ago)

      Aww thanks Josefa. I’m glad you liked it. Music plays a big part in our household. It certainly lightens the mood x

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  20. Vicki @ Knocked Up and Abroad
    March 14, 2015 at 6:51 am (2 years ago)

    Beautiful! Aren’t Dads just the best sometimes?? I can’t tell you the amount of times I’m about to get my freak on and do so much yelling when Mr Vick steps in and just knows what to do so patiently and gracefully. Music is a great pick up here too. If the boys need wearing out I often blast the speakers and they zip around, wriggling their bodies and playing air drums and all kinds. Sounds like Smiley is all geared up for some more dancing sessions now. Yay for standing!

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