The Songs from Your Deliveries

by Byron on April 16, 2015

Hey Guys,

When you were both being born, Mom and I made a music mix to play in the delivery room.  For Decker’s, we made a big, giant long list.  For Gibson’s, it was much shorter, because we were pretty sure that it wouldn’t be such a long labor.  Decker’s labor was nine hours from water break (in Mom and Dad’s bed) to arrival.  Gibson’s was five hours from the beginning of labor pains til arrival.  Decker was three weeks early, Gibby was born right on the due date.

These mixes have a ton of different kinds of songs.  Some have a good beat, some are ballads; some are cheesy, some are deep; some get you up, some keep you down.  Some are mom and dad’s favorites, some were songs of the moments, some snuck their way in.

Decker’s Mix…

All I Want Is You U2
Angel Sarah McLachlan
Anything’s Possible Jonny Lang
Baby Baby Baby Joss Stone
Be Like That 3 Doors Down
Beautiful Day U2
Because the Night (Live) 10,000 Maniacs
Beverly Hills Weezer
Blow Me (One Last Kiss) P!nk
Blown Away Carrie Underwood
Bulletproof La Roux
By My Side Ben Harper
By Your Side Sade
Californication Red Hot Chili Peppers
Call Me Maybe Carly Rae Jepsen
Celebration Kool & The Gang
Changes In Latitudes, Changes In Attitudes Jimmy Buffett
Breathe (2 AM) Anna Nalick
Closer to Fine Indigo Girls
Detective No Doubt
Dog Days Are Over Florence + The Machine
Don’t Let Us Get Sick Warren Zevon
Don’t Stop Fleetwood Mac
Down On Me (feat. 50 Cent) Jeremih & 50 Cent
Early In the Morning Peter, Paul And Mary
Family Business Kanye West
Father and Son Johnny Cash & Fiona Apple
Fell In Love With a Boy Joss Stone
Fields of Gold Eva Cassidy
Forever Mariah Carey
From Small Things (Big Things One Day Come) Bruce Springsteen
Gives You Hell The All-American Rejects
Glitter In the Air P!nk
Glory Days Bruce Springsteen
God Only Knows The Beach Boys
Good Time Owl City & Carly Rae Jepsen
Hands Jewel
Home Phillip Phillips
Human The Killers
Hysteric Yeah Yeah Yeahs
I Believe (When I Fall in Love It Will Be Forever) Stevie Wonder
I’ll Stand By You Pretenders
I’m a Slave 4 U Britney Spears
I’m the Only One Melissa Etheridge
I’m Yours Jason Mraz
Idlewild Blue (Don’tchu Worry ‘Bout Me) OutKast
In My Life The Beatles
Juicy The Notorious B.I.G.
Just Like Heaven Katie Melua
Just The Way You Are Billy Joel
Keep Ya Head Up 2Pac
Keep Your Head Up Andy Grammer
Keep Your Heart Young Brandi Carlile
Kryptonite 3 Doors Down
Land Of Hope And Dreams [Live] Bruce Springsteen
Let’s Stay Together Al Green
Lights (Single Version) Ellie Goulding
Love the One You’re With Stephen Stills
Make You Feel My Love ADELE
A Matter of Trust Billy Joel
Midnight Train to Georgia Gladys Knight & The Pips
Moment of Truth Gang Starr
My Own Worst Enemy Lit
Newborn Joss Stone
One U2
One and Only ADELE
Overprotected Britney Spears
Party In the U.S.A. Miley Cyrus
Piece of Me Britney Spears
Poker Face Lady GaGa
Pumped Up Kicks Foster the People
Raise Your Glass P!nk
Rhythm of Love Plain White T’s
Rich Girl Daryl Hall & John Oates
The River of Dreams Billy Joel
Rockstar Nickelback
Romeo and Juliet Indigo Girls
American Girl Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
Second Hand News Fleetwood Mac
Sleeping In The Postal Service
So What P!nk
Some Nights
Somebody That I Used to Know (feat. Kimbra) Gotye
Someone Like You ADELE
Standing Still Jewel
The Story Brandi Carlile
Such Great Heights The Postal Service
Summertime Kenny Chesney
The Sweet Escape (feat. Akon) Gwen Stefani
Sweetheart Mariah Carey
Then Brad Paisley
These Are Days 10,000 Maniacs
These Are Days (Live) 10,000 Maniacs
Thunder Road Bruce Springsteen
Til I Hear It from You Gin Blossoms
To Make You Feel My Love Billy Joel
Underneath Your Clothes Shakira
Unusual You Britney Spears
Viva la Vida Coldplay
Waka Waka (This Time for Africa) [The Official 2010 FIFA World Cup Song] {feat. Freshlyground} Shakira
We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together Taylor Swift
We Are Young (feat. Janelle Monáe)
We Will Become Silhouettes The Postal Service
We’re Going to Be Friends The White Stripes
Who Will Save Your Soul Jewel
Wild Horses The Rolling Stones
Wonderful Tonight (Live) Eric Clapton
You & I Both Jason Mraz
Free Fallin’ Tom Petty
Young Forever (feat. Mr. Hudson) JAY Z

 

Gibby’s Mix…

Always On My Mind Willie Nelson
Angel Pearl Jam
Animal Neon Trees
The Anthem Good Charlotte
Anything’s Possible Jonny Lang
Baby I Need Your Loving (Single  Mono) Four Tops
Best Day of My Life American Authors
Better Dig Two The Band Perry
Beverly Hills Weezer
Big Girls Don’t Cry (Personal) Fergie
Boston Augustana
Bottoms Up Brantley Gilbert
Burn Ellie Goulding
Californication Red Hot Chili Peppers
Chillin’ It Cole Swindell
Closing the Doors Caroline Smith And The Good Night Sleeps
Crazy Lucky Better Than Ezra
Demons Imagine Dragons
Don’t Stop Believin’ Journey
Drink to That All Night Jerrod Niemann
Early In the Morning Peter, Paul And Mary
Easy The Commodores
Float On Modest Mouse
From Small Things (Big Things One Day Come) Bruce Springsteen
Get Lucky (feat. Pharrell Williams & Nile Rodgers) Daft Punk
Glitter In the Air P!nk
Gone, Gone, Gone Phillip Phillips
Goodnight Kiss Randy Houser
Happy (From “Despicable Me 2″) Pharrell Williams
Heat Of The Moment Asia
Hey Brother Avicii
Ho Hey The Lumineers
Hold On Alabama Shakes
Home Phillip Phillips
Human The Killers
Hungry Heart Bruce Springsteen
I Can Drink to That All Night Lance Wild
I Will Buy You a New Life Everclear
I’m Still Standing Elton John
I’ve Loved These Days Billy Joel
Inner Ninja (feat. David Myles) Classified
It Wasn’t Me Shaggy
It’s Only Me (The Wizard Of Magicland) Barenaked Ladies
It’s Time Imagine Dragons
Jet Airliner Steve Miller Band
Keep Your Heart Young Brandi Carlile
Kids MGMT
Kung Fu Fighting Carl Douglas
Let Her Go (Acoustic) Passenger
Listen to the Music The Doobie Brothers
A Little Party Never Killed Nobody (All We Got) Fergie, Q-Tip & GoonRock
The Man Aloe Blacc
Midnight Train to Georgia Gladys Knight & The Pips
Mother and Child Reunion Paul Simon
Play It Again Luke Bryan
Raging Fire Phillip Phillips
Raise Your Glass P!nk
Redemption Song Johnny Cash & Joe Strummer
Rhythm of Love Plain White T’s
Roar Katy Perry
Royals Lorde
Scare Away the Dark Passenger
Second Hand News Fleetwood Mac
Silver Lining Rilo Kiley
Some Nights
Song for Zula Phosphorescent
The Story Brandi Carlile
That’s My Kind of Night Luke Bryan
This Is How We Roll (feat. Luke Bryan) Florida Georgia Line
Thunder Road Bruce Springsteen
Timber (feat. Ke$ha) Pitbull
True Colors Cyndi Lauper
Underneath Your Clothes Shakira
Unusual You Britney Spears
Uptight (Everything’s Alright) Stevie Wonder
Viva la Vida Coldplay
Wake Me Up Avicii
The Way You Make Me Feel Michael Jackson
We Are Young (feat. Janelle Monáe)
We Will Become Silhouettes The Postal Service
While You See a Chance Steve Winwood
Wrecking Ball Miley Cyrus
You and I Both Jason Mraz
You Make My Dreams Daryl Hall & John Oates
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Justified Anger

by Byron on April 9, 2015

Guys,

I have a problem with the emotion justified anger.  This emotion can also be referred to as righteous indignation or a sense of injustice.  I don’t like it when I am harmed.  I also don’t like it when my boys (you guys), my wife, my family or my clients are harmed.  In many ways, I don’t like it when one more powerful person harms another less powerful person.

All you need to do is read PopTort to see an example, nearly everyday, of how those harmed by our systems don’t get justice.  This produces, in me, that sense of injustice.  Surely that anger is justified.  Those perpetrating the injustices deserve my wrath, don’t they?  Aren’t I allowed to be angry?

The answer to this question is not simple for me.  Yes, I can feel anger.  I can observe the injustice and feel the anger that comes with it.  However, I must properly channel the energy and emotion if I am to be useful to other people.  Knowing how to do that has been somewhat difficult for me.

The “grouch and the brainstorm were not for us,” says a book that has been a large influence on my life.  It goes on to say these things are the “dubious luxury of normal men.”  I am not a normal man.  I must be careful to allow my feelings, passions, and observations of injustice in, but not let them destroy me from within.  This is a tough balance to strike.

I’m not sure if either of you guys will have this same experience.  If you do, I just wanted to share my thoughts.

Love you guys!

Dad

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