Singing for Asa

I have been thinking a lot about what kind of life I want my son to have. I suppose this is a natural inclination. One thing that I noticed is that although both my wife and I love music, we’re not that musical. Neither of us read music; we play no instruments; we don’t sing. And this strikes me as a bit of travesty. Many of my earliest memories are musical – my mother singing, my father playing the guitar. I love this picture of my uncle playing the guitar for my niece (his grand-niece) Sophia – because I remember him playing the guitar like that for me when I was little.

A few days ago I heard this story on NPR about Brian Eno and his belief in the importance of singing together. Every week he gathers a group of a dozen or so people and together they sing. He even lists the songs they sing together:

Can’t Help Falling In Love
Love Me Tender
Keep On the Sunny Side
Sixteen Tons
Will the Circle Be Unbroken
Dream
If I Had a Hammer
Love Hurts
I’ll Fly Away
Down By the Riverside
Chapel of Love
Wild Mountain Thyme
Que Sera, Sera
Cotton Fields

I love this idea. I’m going to start a singing night for Asa. Anybody out there want to come over and sing with us? Suggested songs?

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