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Music By The Book / “The Giving Tree” by Shel Silverstein

By Priya Perera

Back in elementary school, seeing a classmate reading a Shel Silverstein book was as prevalent as seeing yet another artist covering Adele’s “Rolling In the Deep” is these days.  The massiveness of Where the Sidewalk Ends will forever live in our hearts and I’ll personally always remember the 42-year late library book from A Light in the Attic’s poem “Overdue.”  But The Giving Tree stands alone – its ambiguity only becoming apparent when read many years later.
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The Circle Game: I Won't Grow Up, I Don't Wanna Go To School…

Workout songs were kid stuff.  This week time for a brain stretch trying to put a soundtrack to the stages of life – innocent childhood, angsty adolescence, wise old age – and that tricky spot in the middle where you wake up one day, realize you’re a grown up and have to deal with it.

First up, carefree youth.  Peter Pan chose never to leave here.  Most adults wish they had that option.  Since time machines haven’t been invented yet, here are a few songs both melancholy and whimsical that will bring you back to those blissful times…

Atmosphere “In Her Music Box”

Delta Spirit “Children”

Jack Johnson “Banana Pancakes”

Sia “Playground”

The White Stripes “We’re Going To Be Friends”

Wilco “Just A Kid”

Plus a couple…interesting recommendations “songs have nothing to do with the theme of childhood just MY childhood” Anyone else?

Toni Braxton “You’re Makin Me High”

Collective Soul “December”

And a couple amazing and enchanting videos that got thrown my way today…

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In addition to a little bonus that was all over the interwebs today, but is perfectly appropriate for todays theme. Be amazed.  Smile.  Enjoy.

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