Everyone is a film maker, especially with the new computers all sporting professional video editing software like iMovie for the Mac. If you’re going to make a birth, baby, or kid movie, and you should, you need to do it right. If nothing else, get a tripod, so your entertainment objective doesn’t turn into a nauseous result. Next, consider some music. Here are some sure fire crowd pleasers, but you can also find some of your own. If you do, please let us know in the comments section and we’ll be sure to add them.
LongMayYou Run by Neil Young – If you like the raspy voice of a young Neil Young, and also edit out a few lyrics, (“back in ’62 when I last saw you alive”) this has a good beat and mood.
May you Never by Eric Clapton
Somewhere Over the Rainbow by Israel Kamakawiwo’ole – very soothing variation on the old standard, and if not overused, less clichéd than other more popular versions.
La Donna e Mobile – You’ll instantly recognize La donna è mobile (“Woman is fickle”) as the misogynistic song from Giuseppe Verdi’s opera Rigoletto (1851), Though you don’t need to consider that last part. Just use it as backdrop to a baby (preferably female) cruising around the house and you have instant soundtrack magic.
Everyday People by Sly
Family Stone Sweet Child of Mine by Sheryl Crow
Baby or Little Girls
Tupelo honey by Van Morrison by “She’s as sweet as Tupelo Honey” is all you need to know.
Blue Sky by The Allman Brothers
Rock-a-Hula Baby by Elvis Presley
We’re Going to be Friends by White Stripes
Moving music for fast-paced photos and quick cuts
Good Riddance (Time of Your Life) by Green Day – While written as a “breakup song,” this popular hit is often played at weddings. Depending on your social group, you might put this under “clichés.”
Hawaii 5-0 by The Ventures – Sure, it’s tacky, but dads like a little tacky.
Too sappy or clichéd, but you might consider them anyway:
Somewhere Over the Rainbow – Judy Garland, Frank Sinatra, others
What a Wonderful World by Louis Armstrong
Isn’t She Lovely by Stevie Wonder
Our House by Crosby, Stills, Nash
Upside Down by Jack Johnson –music from the recent Curious George movie. Young kids will love it. (“talk of the Town” from the same movie is good as well)