My Girls

(And now for something a little different…)

There isn’t much that I feel I need
A solid soul and the blood I bleed
With a little girl, and by my spouse
I only want a proper house

When I was in college, I was obsessed with music of all kinds. There was music playing almost constantly in my dorm room and, later, in my apartment. There are so many songs out there that speak to the problems and angst of that age, and I reveled in them.

I’m now thirty one years old. My primary concern today is my family – but that’s not exactly a concern for most mainstream music. Although I still listen, it’s often mostly background music for the things I’m doing. The lyrics don’t speak to me much any more.

With a few exceptions of course.

My favorite song for the past year or so has been My Girls by Animal Collective. Here’s the video:

Few songs really match where I’m at now in life like this one does. Add on top of it the fact that it’s really catchy (listen to it three times and you’ll not be able to get it out of your head – there’s a reason it was the number one song of 2009 as noted by Pitchfork).

Here are my girls.

Girl and piggy bank

Sarah and Joeblur

They (and that blurry boy) are the center of my life right now – not material things, not anything else. My spending and personal choices revolve around that simple fact, and this song captures that feeling almost perfectly.

If you like the song, I encourage you to give the whole album a listen. You can pick up the mp3 of My Girls for $0.99 from Amazon, too.

I don’t mean to seem like I care about material things
Like our social stats
I just want four walls and adobe slats
for my girls

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  1. Peggy says:

    For a family-oriented song, may I recommend “My Front Porch Looking In,” by Lonestar? It’s a bit older, but talks about all those things that matter most.

  2. Jen M says:

    Funny you should mention this song. I ran across it on Lala.com about a month ago and fell in love and ever since, it’s been my husband’s theme song. He sings it to our daughter, and our female pupster, and to me. :)

  3. Joy says:

    Sweet, Trent! I love it!

  4. Christine says:

    @Peggy,

    That’s a great song. I think Trent would really like it!

  5. Deborah says:

    I have been following you for years and this is the first time I have felt moved to comment… with this post, you said a mouthful.. our families are the most important ‘stuff’ any of us have.

  6. Kevin says:

    Redemption – Fall on You

    Excellent song about a child adventuring out on their own.

    http://lyrics.wikia.com/Redemption:Fall_On_You

    I too have found that a large portion of my music library goes unplayed recently. Musicianship trumps lyrics, except for concept albums, I still love a good story.

  7. Amanda says:

    I’ve been stuck on both of the below (chorus included)

    “Alright” by Darius Rucker
    Cause I’ve got a roof over my head,
    the woman I love laying in my bed
    And it’s alright, alright
    I’ve got shoes under my feet
    Forever in her eyes staring back at me
    And it’s alright, alright
    And I’ve got all I need
    And it’s alright by me

    “Chicken Fried” by Zac Brown Band
    Cold beer on a Friday night
    A pair of jeans that fit just right
    And the radio up
    Well I`ve seen the sunrise
    See the love in my woman`s eyes
    Feel the touch of a precious child
    And know a mother`s love

  8. Ashley says:

    I love this song. My favorite song off my favorite album of 2009. Love it!

  9. aylaxus says:

    Lovely post Trent and lovely pictures of the family too.
    Congratulations, according to eastern cultures you are now a complete man of an esteemed status. A very happy wedded life and children are your most valuable assets and you are amongst the richest of the rich. Enjoy :) You are so very lucky that you have a home and not a house.

  10. Christine says:

    @Amanda,

    I love both of those songs as well! I wonder if Trent is a country music fan, or at least willing to listen it. Another song that comes to mind is “In my daughter’s eyes” by Martina Mcbride.

  11. BobBobBob says:

    Too electronic for my tastes, but it’s nice to hear songs with good ‘grown-up’ lyrics.

    As I’ve gotten older (28 now, w/ two boys and a girl on the way) I’ve found that pop/rock music is less and less relevant to me. It’s sad in a way, because I used to love listening to music almost all the time.

  12. Lissa says:

    Bravo, Trent. At 31, you’ve not only gotten your financial priorities in order, but your heart is in the right place as well. You, your beautiful girls and your “blurry boy” (LOL!) are truly blessed!

  13. Maggie says:

    Love the blurry boy! I have a similar boy, who will turn 20 in a few days. He was even a blur when I tried to take photos of him on college tours.

  14. Daddy Paul says:

    What a beautiful family. I would be proud too!

  15. Jan says:

    You’re a very lucky man, Trent!

  16. Wally says:

    Great post! In case you are interested NPR has a concert of thiers on the all songs considered podcast. You can so totally feel the energy.

  17. Cheryl says:

    I’m happy for you, you have a wonderful family! you’ve changed your life and are inspiring others, you’re making a difference. Thanks for posting so faithfully and sharing your ups AND downs!

  18. Tammy says:

    I love these songs–they make me want to hug my daughter:

    Tori Amos: Ribbons Undone
    Ben Folds: Gracie

  19. Ned says:

    Neat song, neat lyrics… weird video. I mean, I’m all for LSD-esque colors (Ratatat’s videos) but the blacked-out figures creep me out.

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