Family Movie Songs
Songs used in family movies are usually upbeat, easy for everyone to learn and, above all else, teach you something. The words are intended to relay a message. Sometimes it pertains to the world around you, your neighbors, yourself and your family. Each song revolves around the importance of being who we are and doing the right thing no matter what the situation.
Songs that Bring People Together
Family movie songs like Lean on Me and Stand by Me were written to encourage people to rely on their friends and loved ones. They reinforced the concept that the work load gets lighter when its shared with others. They stressed that it was alright to offer a helping hand, even to people you may not know. Being there for one another through the good times and the bad was what the music was all about. It also focused on supporting each other in a way where it was considered the priority and not the option.
Songs that Create Hope
Songs like Hakuna Matata, Circle of Life and Somewhere Over the Rainbow are written to provide hope and encourage children to dream and set goals for themselves. Living life to the fullest and embracing challenges is important if they are to grow and succeed. When it comes to their dreams, its ok to reach past the rainbow and shoot for the stars. Dedication and hard work will get you where you need to be.
Songs that Inspire Appreciation
Family oriented music is often chosen for its ability to bring a family together. Uplifting, motivational and evergreen are often words that sum up what a family song should be. What a Wonderful World first released in 1967 by Louis Armstrong has been used in everything from movies to commercials and stresses the importance of looking around and realizing the good things in your world. It has been used in music boxes and sung as lullabies to newborns.
Songs that Encourage
For families who look to music as something they can enjoy together, the End of the Line by the Traveling Willburys, not only offers a message but introduces children and teens to five of the most well-known and beloved music makers in history. The group was made up of legendary musicians,Tom Petty, Bob Dylan, Jeff Lynne, Roy Orbison and George Harrison. The project was short-lived, however, due to the passing of both Orbison and Harrison within a few years of the bands formation.
The most popular of family movie songs are those that tell a story, impart wisdom and last, but not least, offer a bit of history. Songs that parents teach their children when they are young are often passed on to their grandchildren as well. This not only keeps the songs evergreen, they also establish family traditions that give way to unique moments shared amongst family members.