Friday, June 1, 2012

Rockin’ Friday: Mrs. Dude’s Lullaby

Today is a very special day around Dudeville, as it is the celebration of the magical day in the late 20th Century when Mrs. Dude was born.  After almost a decade together, she and I see eye to eye on a lot of things.  Music is not one of them, however. There is very little in the aural world that we agree on. She is more of a fan of pop and dance music and I like music where the artists actually play instruments.

She may not always get to pick the music when we ride in the car together, but today she gets to pick what goes on this page, for better (the song below) or worse (the aforementioned links). That should partially compensate for the days she has to suffer through another version of something both written and performed by a human, rather than an iMac.

Today’s Rockin’ Friday song is Counting Crows’ Mrs. Potter’s Lullaby.   It’s one of a rare group of songs that Mrs. Dude and I both agree on playing for our Little Dude.  MPL is a song about longing, which is apropos because it’s a long song, clocking in at 7+ minutes. That being said, you might not think it’s a kid-friendly song, since their attention span often runs less than 2.5 minutes, but this song has such great lyrics and a very catchy chorus that it’s worth the time investment.  Believe me, you’d much rather listen to MPL once than 3 Wiggles songs in the same amount of time. 

Can you count all the Crows?
Inspired by actress Monica Potter (of the criminally underwatched TV show Parenthood) the song is a fantasy about watching her in a movie and wishing she would walk off the screen and into the singer’s life.  The lyrical imagery makes this tune a classic and also a perfect imagination inspiration for kids of all ages.  And, like my Little Dude, they are bound to like singing the chorus:  

Hey Mrs. Potter, don't cry 
Hey Mrs. Potter, I know why but 
Hey Mrs. Potter, won't you talk to me 

Do you and your significant other agree on music?  How do you decide what to listen to?

Happy Birthday to the one and only Mrs. Dude!


  1. Great music choice! I like dance music, but I turn it down because it's a purely guilty pleasure. Music with instruments played by real people truly makes me happiest...

    1. Thanks, Jennifer. I couldn't agree with you more.