Music Themes for Our Day

Our days are filled with music. 

When we wake up in the morning, we usually listen to Christian music, either from our own playlists or by tuning in to K-Love or something similar on iTunes radio.  The music is positive and uplifting and sets the tone for our day.  (Plus I never have to worry about what bad news or suggestive lyrics the kids might hear.)

To tackle our household tasks, we find that a bouncy mainstream playlist is the most motivating, best with some older tunes thrown in for good measure.  There’s nothing like Annie Lennox, the Gypsy Kings, Justin Beiber or the Beatles to get you moving.   Usher and the Black Eyed Peas get us all bopping around the house.  Every so often, we have a crazy-dancing interlude that makes us laugh uncontrollably and get a bit more enjoyment out of the dishes, dusting and toilet cleaning.    Music makes us feel great! 

When school starts, we usually listen to classical music.  Sometimes it’s just piano, sometimes whole orchestras.  This morning I made a quick playlist of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 1, through to No. 9.  to enjoy during our morning.  (Sidebar:  I heard Symphony No. 7 last night when I saw the movie ‘ The King’s Speech ‘ and spent most of the scene with my eyes closed because I am always just so moved by the beauty of that piece.  I woke this morning feeling particularly thirsty for it …)   

Yesterday morning as Gabe came down the stairs on his way to begin school, he said “Oh, this must be his ninth symphony, because it’s the only one he composed with a chorus !”    I looked at him, stunned.  “…because there are people singing,” he continued.  I have no idea if there is any truth to that (he tells me it’s fact and he’s probably right), but I was just stunned by his knowledge of that little tidbit.  Don’t you love the things we learn from our children?   Ask me again why it’s important to read good books. 

It seems that now might be a good time to reconvene the music lessons we dropped a few years ago.  Gabe took guitar.  Caleb took piano.  Neither of them were ready (and I’ve read repeatedly that a child starting early has no benefit over those starting later.  By the time they are both twelve, they will be at the same level.)  In any case, it might be time to start up lessons again. 

The background instrumental music we play is a wonderful addition to our homeschool morning.  It’s creating an appreciation of something beautiful, and I’m so pleased to have the flexibility to include it. 

Let me leave you with that ‘thirsty’ piece I mentioned:


4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. John
    Jan 23, 2011 @ 12:33:37

    Gabe’s quite right. In fact, it was the first time a chorus / choir / soloists had ever been used in a symphony. Choir only sings in the final movement. ‘Tis where the Ode To Joy comes from.
    You could send the kids on a hunt to find the musical “jokes” played by Beethoven, likely on orchestra members he wasn’t fond of, in Symphony 3 and 7.


  2. Melissa
    Feb 21, 2011 @ 11:04:55

    We also have a lot of music in our home. Our oldest takes piano. Have you used Pandora radio?? They have a free site for creating your own “stations” that play whatever music you want. That is what I use most, as I am not a huge CD collector. Loved your post! Thanks!

    I am having a giveaway, stop by!


    • joyandcontentment
      Feb 21, 2011 @ 16:57:31

      Thanks for stopping by! I don’t think we get Pandora here in Canada, but we do have a Sonos system and a Napster membership that came with it. This means we can play any station, or album, create our playlists, etc. which I think is very similar to Pandora. LOVE it!


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