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In which we sing, and kinda “Let It Go”

My husband and I owed our five-year-old’s teacher a Christmas version of “Let It Go.”

Today we worked through our first draft. Afterward, I sang it back to Anthony since he was driving.

We burst out laughing at the end result. I asked, “Five-year-olds won’t really care, right?” He answered by improvising increasingly more nonsensical variations of our song. My shoulders shook as I listened while slightly tweaking our first draft.

Once finished writing, I asked him to improvise one more version for the camera:


The clip above isn’t quite as magical as the ones I missed recording, but I wanted to share it for reasons I describe … in my first vlog in years! Since I was already recording, I included a few clips from songs I wrote in law school. (Lucky you?) I’ll probably keep private the song I mentioned here.


As you can see, it’s really not all gravitas around here!

Have you written any songs? Adapted any existing ones?

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  1. December 1, 2014 at 6:38 pm

    I loved hearing your voice!!

    • December 1, 2014 at 6:40 pm

      😀 I love seeing your name–seriously smile from it!–though I wonder why WordPress keeps having me approve your comments! ♥

  2. December 1, 2014 at 6:43 pm

    What a lovely family, and how nice your hubs makes you laugh even after ten years. That’s so important in a marriage. Love the tongue action on your baby’s part. Too cute!

    • December 1, 2014 at 6:43 pm

      Oh, and as for your question, no I don’t write songs. Which is probably just as well…

    • December 1, 2014 at 6:45 pm

      Thank you! I think part of the charm of this is how it transported me back to our very first meeting, where his improvised dances and singing had me in stitches.

      As for the little guy, he’s got two more teeth about to pop out up top, so today he relied on his tongue for gum relief. If only the poor little fella would use any of the teething stuff we’ve bought him! I do like the increased snuggles, of course. 🙂

  3. December 1, 2014 at 6:48 pm

    How fun, Deb, I felt like I was right there singin’ along but it was frustrating because I couldn’t snuggle your baby. I am SURE the song will be a huge hit with the kiddie set, and the whole school, actually. Could go viral–I wouldn’t be surprised! Keep us posted on that, and I enjoyed the Vlog a lot. 🙂

    • December 1, 2014 at 7:28 pm

      Thank you. ♥ I was heartened by Li’l D’s response. He was amazed that we could take that tune and make a totally different tune with it. I hope the other five-year-olds feel the same. However they feel about it, it was such a blast to have those moments with Anthony. Usually we apportion tasks, so putting our heads together for even a few moments felt like so, so very sweet. 🙂

      It was a funny convergence of circumstances leading Littler J to join me in this video. I’m kinda glad for it in the end!

  4. December 1, 2014 at 6:54 pm

    You all are so cute! Yes, I write songs all of the time. They’re all very silly and often about my cats.

    • December 1, 2014 at 7:29 pm

      Ooooh! So curious!

      The only songs I’ve really sung recently have been ditties while doing chores. I think it’s about time to start brushing up again. 🙂

      • December 1, 2014 at 7:43 pm

        I sing little chore ditties, too! My oldest daughter also can’t stop singing. It may be a full-fledged disorder! 😉

  5. December 1, 2014 at 9:03 pm

    Nice bit of work from ‘Bruce’ there Deborah.
    Writing songs must be fun, I guess you start with the music, or is it the other way around?
    I’m constantly in trouble for making up words to well known songs such as ‘ Don’t cry for me I got tinea’. There’s ‘While shepherds washed their jocks by night’and my personal favourite ‘Fridge with a heat disorder’.
    I did at one time know a song called ‘Just let it go’ and it was a lovely meditative piece that made one feel at ease – of course that was destroyed also once my penchant for new lyrics kicked in.
    You have a beautiful voice Deborah, perhaps an ‘Indi’ might be on the cards?B

    • December 3, 2014 at 10:53 am

      Thank you! One of my “someday” goals during law school was to sing even just one song at Hollywood’s Hotel Cafe, the location of many of my favorite memories from that period. If I ever get back around to learning an instrument, I might try putting that back in the table.

      I usually start with a handful of words. Once I find a tune for them, I see if I can find another few words and then a tune for them as well. I keep going that way until I’ve either got myself a template for new verses or a whole song. I actually wrote my first song in years yesterday! It’s very simple as my first ones back tend to be, but I hope to do something with it … time permitting!

  6. December 2, 2014 at 3:09 am

    Lol that was one adorable co-host you had there! Great vlog enjoyed meeting your awesome family 🙂

    • December 3, 2014 at 10:55 am

      It was a rare thing for him to be so still! When he’s that tired, he’s usually one flailing, babbling ball of cuteness. Either way, I’m quite taken with him! 😀

  7. Kay
    December 2, 2014 at 4:45 am

    How fun!! Was nice to actually see you 🙂 and your co-vlogger 😀
    I sing occasionally and have written for yeeeears but so far nothing has escaped onto the internet lol!

    • December 3, 2014 at 10:57 am

      I might do this again in the near future! No matter how much I enjoy writing, it is such a relief to just talk and see what comes out instead of carefully choosing every next word.

  8. December 2, 2014 at 7:25 am

    Sorry mom … but you sidekick stole the show. … and nope, I don’t write songs.

  9. December 2, 2014 at 7:59 am

    I’m adapting songs every time I listen to the radio, but none of them for public consumption. Thanks for sharing your wonderful family, Deb.

    • December 6, 2014 at 8:30 am

      If you did ever put a tune to one of your humorous reflections and post it, I would be all over that! 😀

  10. December 2, 2014 at 11:20 am

    I make up words all of the time. In fact, just the other day I realized that Imagine Dragons Radioactive did actually have the word “Radioactive”, I was confused all summer long why that was the name of the song when they never said it… come to find out they aren’t “Ready to rock you” they are actually “Radioactive”.
    Not at all what you meant, but there it is! And loved the vlog 🙂

    • December 6, 2014 at 8:32 am

      ME TOO! Imagine Dragons was D’s first musical fandom. I must’ve heard “Radioactive” a couple dozen times before I saw the title and went, wait, why’s it called that? The next time I listened to the song helped me answer that question!

      A couple of days ago, folks on the radio played a Taylor Swift chorus that sounds like she’s saying something like “Starbucks love.” They then read the actual lyrics (“long list of ex lovers”) and I was able to hear those words, though my brain keeps filling in “Starbucks lovers” when I’m not listening closely.

  11. December 2, 2014 at 6:24 pm

    Love seeing your face and your voice is beautiful! You look so good, Deb, and thank you for sharing your charming family with the world. You make me smile so big!

  12. December 3, 2014 at 3:58 am

    I of course went immediately back to your wedding vlog, because I am sentimental that way and it makes me smile, huge.

    I loved this, all of this simply loved all of it. I think my friend you should write more songs that allow you to express what is in your head and heart. I think it will expand you.

    • December 6, 2014 at 8:34 am

      I’ve gotta say, I really, really like the freedom of a vlog compared to exhaustively searching for just the right written word! I think this’ll be a more common thing, although probably not too common. 🙂

  13. December 3, 2014 at 7:09 am

    So sweet! Vlog more!! I love to write songs and little tunes on my piano. It’s so relaxing to me. Keep it up, Deb.

    • December 6, 2014 at 8:35 am

      You play the piano?! Awesome! I’d gotten to playing guitar at a slightly sub-mediocre level before moving to Japan. I keep wondering how well I’d play now if I’d picked it up again after returning. I should probably convert that wondering to actually practicing again, so I could someday play an instrument with my words. (I loved the feeling of being able to merge word and instrument, if poorly!)

  14. Jen
    December 3, 2014 at 2:20 pm

    You guys are adorable!! Love it!

  15. December 3, 2014 at 3:15 pm

    You’re truly delightful, Deb! That hubby of yours is pretty witty, too. I love the tone of your voice–it’s so calming. I’m sure your boys love when you sing to them.

    • December 6, 2014 at 8:37 am

      One of the best things was being at a loss for how to calm Littler J a few months ago. “Sing to him!” Li’l D commanded me. I started singing, and quickly found myself shocked. J not only stopped crying but started beaming at me. ♥

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