God bless Choo Choo Soul. God bless Genevieve. God bless DC. And God bless that blue train.
Child number 3, Princess Angel Baby Lady, has discovered the mesmerizing glory of Choo Choo Soul. Baby Lady joins her brothers in a family tradition of learning how to operate YouTube channels before learning to walk. And now, as she achieves this glorious milestone, her brothers have remembered their love for Genevieve that had been briefly shelved for acceptable but inferior things, such as Power Rangers and Teen Titans. Fortunately I, like my children, have no problem watching/listening to the same things on repeat until the batteries die AND we have approximately 875 phones not fit for a trade-in, so this family can Choo Choo Soul in stereo all. Day. LONG.
Also, don’t wanna brag but I may have followed by and had a (tiny) Twitter convo with Genevieve.
So, yeah. We are basically BIFF (best internet friends forever).
Now, as a token of gratitude to my BIFF and a guide for all you out there looking for a good babysitter, I shall rank the greatest Choo Choo Souls for your viewing (and singing!) pleasure:
10) Give a Little Whistle. Good message. Good throwback. Solid song to round out the top 10.
9) Animal Sounds. Listen. No one’s getting any animation awards for this one but we’re not here to judge the (really bad) computerized cartooning. The song is top notch and kids love animals. Win. Maybe just listen and don’t look.
8) Do Your Own Dance. I may not love the boys wildly thrashing through the house in the name of “dancing”, but their moves sure do make me laugh. You know. In the 5 seconds between “cute dancing” and “destroying your entire house”.
7) Birthday Song. Lord knows I loves me some birthdays. Also, “A birthday is a day that you were born and everybody’s glad that you’re here.” Cue all the tears. Because I need more things in life to make me cry.
6) Steam Train. This sassy little number gets everybody moving. It’s a great distraction when you can’t even and the kids won’t even. Try it.
5) When You Wish Upon a Star. I can’t handle songs that mingle children, dreams, and wishes. I can’t. Because then I choke on tears and things get weird when the kids are like, “Mom, why are you crying again?” “I want you to keep wishing. Keep, keep wishing.” Bye. Gonna go cry for an hour.
4) A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes. Son of a biscuit. If this mother loving song doesn’t make me cry every. Dang. TIME. EVERY TIME. First, Big G is transformed into a princess and dances with Prince DC. Hi. Finally. In my CCS dreams, DC and G are happily married and all of the kids on the train are their adopted train babies and they all live together in the castle from THIS VIDEO. And they all just travel along singing, learning, and being happy and making wishes. “Keep dreaming, keep dreaming. I’m gonna keep, keep wishing. And one day, my wish will come true.” #tearsforever (Ps: upon listening to this just now, the boys changed the lyrics to “Keep pooping, keep peeping,” I can’t, Jesus.)
3) ABC. This one’s a key change lovers’ dream. Everyone in this home knows this song and, in turn, their abc’s. If you love the alphabet, more key changes than you can count, and letters forming out of a train’s smokestack, then this is your jam!
2) Bullet Train. This song’s got it all. Super fast trains, race car references, intermediate level Japanese. Bullet Train is a huge hit in this house and strikes a sweet little chord in my heart because we lived in (the beautiful land they call) Japan for a few years when I was a kid. If you don’t like Bullet Train, you probably don’t like Christmas or happiness, or joy, in general.
1)Blue Zoo Train. I don’t even care what you have to say about it. This is, without a doubt, the most wonderful children’s musical creation to have ever graced the ears of children and adults alike. It’s sassy, it’s soulful, and it extols the greatness of that precious little blue train. And isn’t that the reason we’re all here?! You go ‘head, Blue Zoo Train.
There are about 9 million others so get thee to YouTube and go nuts!