A reader wrote me recently asking for suggestions for a mix CD to be played during a kindergarten graduation slideshow. (Yes, she noted that a kindergarten graduation ceremony was a little odd -- neither of us had one that's for sure.) Did I have anything that conveyed a feeling of a rite of passage? If some of the songs caused a tear or two to well up, so much the better.
While I didn't have a readymade list, I pulled out a mix CD I made for Miss Mary Mack and found some songs that I thought would work well in such a setting. I've added a couple more to the list, and what you see below is the result.
As always, I look forward to your suggestions on expanding this list. In no particular order, they are...
"Barking at the Moon" - Jenny Lewis (Bolt soundtrack)
"Luck" - Secret Agent 23 Skidoo (Easy)
"Happy Doesn't Have To Have An Ending" - They Might Be Giants (Bed Bed Bed)
"See You on the Moon" - Great Lake Swimmers (See You on the Moon! compilation)
"Giant Sized Butterflies" - Justin Roberts (Pop Fly, more appropriate for the first day of the school than the last, so I guess it'll come at the beginning of the slide show)
"Birdhouse in Your Soul" - They Might Be Giants (Flood)
"Who Are You Not to Shine" - The Nields (Rock All Day, Rock All Night)
"Jubilee" - Elizabeth Mitchell (You Are My Sunshine)
"Fruit Jar" - Justin Roberts (Pop Fly)
"Educated Kid" - The Hipwaders (Educated Kid)
"Anna Kick a Hole in the Sky" - The Nields (All Around Singing in the Kitchen)
"It's a Big World" - Renee & Jeremy (It's a Big World -- actually a lot of this disk is probably appropriate, especially in the "making the parents cry" category...)