Abo the Blogster on Children and Music
Hey everyone, I am back!!! I am sorry for the long layoff, I just had a beautiful baby boy!!! His name is Alex and he is so unbelievable. With that in mind, I will be dedicating this article in his honor. While I was growing up, I became so in love with music. Both my parents are major music lovers, which is where my love of music comes in. I hope Alex loves music as much as I do, as well as my wife. While my wife was in the hospital, I started thinking about songs that were inspired by children. Believe it or not, many of the greatest hits were inspired by children.
“Hey Jude”, one of the greatest songs ever, was a song written about John Lennon’s son, Julian. The funny thing is that was written by Paul McCartney. The funnier thing is the John thought the song was about him. Julian felt that Paul was more of a father figure to him than John. “And any time you feel the pain, Hey Jude, refrain Don’t carry the world upon your shoulders”, this shows Paul’s true compassion for Julian. It is like a father talking to a son. It is amazing that this song was inspired by a 5 year old!
Another great hit, “Isn’t She Lovely” by Stevie Wonder, was inspired by his daughter Aisha. He wrote it after she was born. “Isn’t she lovely, Isn’t she wonderful, isn’t she precious, Less than a minute old”, shows how even though Stevie could not see, he “saw” her in his heart. You can tell by the happy beat and lyrics how the birth of a child can inspire you to do so much including writing a song.
In 1991, Eric Clapton lost his 4 year old son. Unfortunately, it inspired him to write the song “Tears In Heaven.” It is shows the emotion that a father felt for his son, even if they only had a bond of 4 years. “Would you know my name, if I saw you in heaven? Would it be the same, if I saw you in heaven?” It shows hear that Clapton was really down after the death of his son, Conor. Music can be inspired by pain, just as much as its inspired by happiness.
These 3 songs come to show us three different ways that children have inspired music. With “Hey Jude”, it’s like a father giving his son advice. It tells him to pick up his head and to not give up. It’s just amazing that it was not the father of the child that wrote the song. “Isn’t She Lovely” shows the love for a child. Stevie Wonder was not actually able to see the birth of the daughter, but he still knew that it was an amazing feeling (like I had with Alex). Music is a great way to show love for your newborn daughter. “Tears in Heaven” shows the pain a father (or mother) can have for their child if anything goes with them. Eric Clapton shows the he wanted the bond with his son to be great, but that he wants his son to recognize him in Heaven. Clapton didn’t have the greatest bond with his son, but he felt bad about it.
This is for everyone who have children, please teach your children that music is a great avenue to go to in bad times and good times. Children can inspire you in so many different ways. It shows here that even some of the greatest artists of all time went to their children for inspiration. Thank you Julian, Aisha, and Conor for giving us some of the greatest hits of all time!