Singing for Joy (your life deserves a soundtrack)

singing for joyThis morning, I woke up singing for Joy.  Literally.

By the time we were getting dressed, they were singing right along with me.

I hadn’t had my coffee yet, and I am NOT a morning person.  To me, the day just isn’t worth starting until about 10am.  But put the right play-list on, and I’m a dancing fool at 6am.

When I start the day that way, it tends to set the tone for the whole day.  I can tell you right now that it’s going to be a great day at my house because I managed to start it with joy.

Want to know what had me singing in my hairbrush this morning? (my kids joined in on the chorus)

This Happy Mom’s Morning Groove

(the whole playlist is shared on iTunes, but here are the highlights)

First up on the playlist was Joy to the World – The Best of 3 Dog Night.   That had me bouncing on the bed imitating a bull-frog with my kids.

Then we danced our way to the bathroom with Mandisa’s Good Morning (Capital Kings Remix) – Remixed – Get Movin’ – EP.

Brushing our teeth requires something a little calmer.  We took it down a notch with The 59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin’ Groovy) – The Best of Simon & Garfunkel.

Then we rocked it out on the hairbrush with (what else) The Hairbrush Song – Silly Songs With Larry.

I sent the family out the door to the tunes of  Psalm 100:1-2 (Make a Joyful Noise) – Rise Up.

Even after the kids were gone, I kept the playlist going.  I have to admit, it’s a great way to start my day and get motivated to do a little laundry.

Do Everything – Re:creation by Stephen Curtis Chapman reminds me that what I’m doing matters.

Shine (Greatest Hits Album Version) – Newsboys: The Greatest Hits helps me remember to be nice to people as I run errands.

And the chorus on Hold Us Together – Alive Again (Extended Edition) always gets me.

(yes, those are all iTunes affiliate links)

(Android and Amazon friends, let me know if I need to provide links for you.  I can.)

So what’s on your morning playlist?

What song gets your family singing and laughing in the morning?

What’s your go-to play list to re-boot a bad day?

If you don’t have a short list of songs that make you smile NO MATTER WHAT, I’d suggest finding one.  It can totally reset your mood.

Sound tracks aren’t just for movies.  You can make them for your own life.

Need some ideas?  I found a great list of over 100 “joy songs” that cover’s just about any type of music you can imagine.  Their links will take you to a service that lets you hear the songs for free but peppers you with ads.  At least it’s free music.

Are you singing for joy yet?

Your “joy assignment” today is to find a short list of songs that make you smile and bring you Joy.

I’d love to hear what’s on YOUR playlist for Joy.

This post is day 10 of 31 days of Joy in Motherhood.

[author] [author_image timthumb=’on’][/author_image] [author_info]Houston Mom Blogger Susan Baker has a passion for encouraging weary worn out mothers to find joy in everyday motherhood. She has two elementary school boys, one engineering husband, and one cat. She has a strange fascination for eggs, socks, and books. She spends far too much time on Social Media and at Target. She is crazy in love with her family. She serves an amazing God. She lives an ordinary life filled with wonder. [/author_info] [/author]

Susan Baker
I have a passion for encouraging weary worn out mothers to find joy in everyday motherhood and peace in unlikely places. I have two elementary school boys, one nerdy husband, and two cats. I have a strange fascination for bad puns, the color pink, socks, and books. I worry about running out of toilet paper, wine, and chocolate.. I serve an amazing God. I live an ordinary life filled with wonder.
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  1. This seems like a much better way to start the day than with the TV news going in the background. I’ll have to remember to flip on the radio on Thursday morning. Does saying “radio” make me sound old? We’ve actually been starting our days with silly Halloween jokes which get (some of) us giggling as we get going.
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  2. I rarely have joy in the morning. In fact, just this morning I proceeded with the shameful “cranky-yelling-at-the-kids” ritual that happens all too frequently before they are out the door. You’ve really got me thinking. I have this hard fast rule about “waking up happy”. So every morning I wake up the boys in a nice sing-song voice with cuddles, snuggles and huggles. THEN once everyone is out of bed and Sr. Nugget shoves papers in my face he didn’t have me sign the night before and Jr. Nugget has not brushed his teeth (again!) and the cat is meowing his verbose head off (I have the most talkin-ist cat in the world), I found my self yelling orders at everyone and getting uber pissed and frustrated.
    “How many times have I told you BEFORE you leave the bathroom…Wash your face. Brush Your Teeth. Hit Your Pits. You’re outta there!”
    “Why am I seeing this paper NOW? WHY didn’t you give it to me last night? You know the rules. No. I won’t sign it. I don’t care if you have to have it turned into today. You are gonna have to learn the hard way!”
    “CAAATTT! WHAT DO YOU WANT? You have food. You have water. I DON’T HAVE TIME TO PET YOU NOW!”

    Shameful behavior.

    So, in light of this realization (thank you for helping me see my weakness and embrace it for change) I AM going to put together a morning playlist of happy tunes. I am going to commit to not yelling at the kids before school.

    This should lay the foundation for all of us to be open and receive and share more joy during the day. Let’s see how it goes.
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    • Leah, we have our share of yelling in the mornings. If someone hasn’t fed the cat by the time I get to the kitchen then I have been known to lose it. Cat-whining… ugh! There are many mornings I forget to crank up the tunes and we go straight from morning snuggles to drill sergeant mommy in about 3 seconds flat. I hate that!

      The beautiful thing is that the tunes are always there. At any point I can turn them on (or just start singing) and totally turn things around. In the words of He-Man, “I have the power!!!!!”

      I’d love to know how it works for you. It make take a few days to find songs that work for YOUR family. Honestly, it may not even be the same songs every day.

  3. Love this idea!

  4. I should get a morning playlist…I can see how dancing in the morning to upbeat songs can really change your mood. I have to try this babe.

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    • It works as a mid-afternoon trick too. You know how sometimes you get to naptime and you just wish you could fast-forward through the rest of the day and go straight to bedtime? Throwing a little dance party with some joyful music can turn things around. It’s not a 100% guarantee, but it does work.

  5. Love this!! I have Mandisa’s “Good Morning” as my alarm clock’s song. It gets stuck in my head which is a good thing. I have to take it easier on the kids since they are cranky waker-uppers and music will only annoy them. But I love to jam as I do my morning chores. My new faves are by Francesca Battestelli – “Free to Be Me” and “I’m Letting Go”. My kids like Lincoln Brewster’s “Today is the Day”.
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    • We love Today is the Day — I probably need to add it to the playlist. I’m sure I’ve heard the Francesca songs, but I haven’t paid enough attention to them.

      Mandisa’s remix of Good Morning is really good, a little more of a dance mix. If you haven’t heard it, go check out the free sample to see what I mean.

  6. The Hairbrush Song really is the soundtrack to my life… “Oh where, oh where, oh where, not faaaaaiiirrr…is my hairbrush?” While we are at it, where is the remote, the baby monitor and my keys?!?! Lol. Love your playlist.
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    • I have a friend who put a ribbon through the hole in the handle of her hairbrush. She then tied the other end to the handle of her bathroom drawer. Problem solved. She had several teenaged daughters and it was the only way to keep the thing from wandering.

      No idea about what to do with keys, cell phone, or baby monitor.

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