When I heard the music accompanying the video below, “Train Song,” I knew I had to track it down. I loved the simple but poetic lyrics and the way you can hear the train coming closer and closer through the song. And I especially loved how the joy in the chorus mixes with the mournful notes of a train whistle, giving the song an unexpected emotional complexity.
After listening to a number of samples on Charlie Hope’s website, I quickly bought both of her CDs that were available at the time, I’m Me! and World of Dreams. The music is wonderful, appealing to our Little Engineer and very easy to listen to as an adult. So much so that I’ve found myself leaving it on after the Little Engineer has fallen asleep in the back seat. The songs on I’m Me are fun and catchy, and the lullabies on World of Dreams are beautiful. The lyrics to a few of them bring me to tears on occasion with the way they capture the strength of a parent’s–and in the case of “Thank You,” a (perhaps adult) son or daughter’s–love. We’ve been listening to these songs for over a year now, and I have yet to tire of them.
She has a new album out, Let’s Go Play!, which I’ll definitely be adding to our collection.