I received a copy of Francesca Battistelli's new album, "If we're Honest: Deluxe Edition," from Family Christian Stores for the purpose of generating a review. Italicized lyrics are from Francesca Battistelli's recorded songs. The opinions expressed here are my own.
Most of our extended family on my side lives about ten hours away. Visiting them makes for some long road trips. Loaded down with snacks, movies, coloring books and music, my daughter has learned to entertain herself in the back seat.
Last summer, about two hours away from home, she put on her volume-controlled headphones and turned up her iPod. Suddenly, I heard these words from the back seat:
I lost my keys
In the great Up North (if you’re familiar with Michigan, this lyric will make sense to you)
And call me please
‘Cause I can’t find my phone.
“This is the Stuff”
My little one knew every word to the song This is the Stuff. This is the stuff indeed!
My daughter’s still so very little. But we’re beyond “Wheels on the Bus” if you know what I mean. We listen to other styles of music in addition to contemporary Christian. However, what I appreciate about Francesca Battistelli and other artists like her, is the fact that I don’t have to censor the music. I can trust the message my little girl is putting in her head and in her heart. The songs are upbeat and positive. You can't help but sing along.
Well, Francesca’s done it again. She has recorded her fourth album. “If We’re Honest” is another CD full of hits. This mother/daughter combo loves to join in:
I'm not living for applause
I'm already so adored
It's all His stage...
“He knows my name.”
For this post, I asked the expert what her favorite song was on this CD. A seven-year old blondie who’s learning that Jesus loves her and He will meet her every need. She asks to listen to these songs at bedtime each night. Without hesitation, she broke out in song (she has a strong tendency to do this):
Hey, sad eyes
Hey, you who needs some sunshine
All you gotta do is open up the blinds.
“Run to Jesus”
You're learning to follow Him, little one. I'm thankful for music to help you along the way.