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Soundtrack for a 7-Year-Old

posted Wednesday May 19th, 2010

In two days, Sophie will be 7.
This is a really big deal. We’ve been discussing it for months. After a lot of debate (and many family votes) the theme has been chosen: Olivia the Pig. (If you don’t know her, you should –you’d love her.)
One nice thing about Olivia is that despite the fact that she now has her own TV show, they haven’t over-commercialized her — not yet, anyway. That’s terrible from Sophie’s perspective. She wants to know why there are no Olivia panties. (And don’t try googling “Olivia” and “panties.” I did, and blushed hard. Let’s just say that there were no pigs involved.)
I did learn through some other googling that the character Olivia — who lives with her parents and two little brothers, and loves cats, ballet, dressing up and make-believe — is 6 and three-quarters years old.
Perfect. Although just writing that gives me a pang. Sophie can’t stay 6 and three-quarters forever. Not on the calendar, anyway.
So we’ll party on Saturday. Lucky for me, some clever etsy sellers have created some pretty amazing (and probably illegal, from a licensing standpoint) Olivia stuff — stickers, banners, dresses, cupcake decorations — most of which I’ve already purchased and will show you once I pull it out of the boxes and envelopes.
The best thing is the Olivia pinata I had custom-made, cheap – an upside to living in Phoenix. (There’s a preview shot above.)
Things are coming together. The bakery refused to draw Olivia’s face onto 50 cookies, damn them, so we’ll have daisies in an appropriate color scheme, and sometime between now and Saturday I’ll shovel enough crap out of the house to clear a path for the party guests. All of Sophie’s classmates have been invited. I have no clue who will show. Sarah the BFF is coming; that’s all that matters.
And we’re finally done with Sophie’s Birthday Mix, which was months in the making. Here’s our soundtrack for a 7-year-old, in case you were wondering.
“Sophie is Seven”
1. Olivia Theme Song
2. Happy Birthday by the Altered States
3. Single Ladies by The Chipettes Alvin and The Chipmunks: The Squeakquel
4. The Hustle by The Dancing Queen Group Dance Hits
5. Clapping Song by Sound-A-Like As Made Famous by Shirley Ellis
6. Down On the Corner by Robbie Schaefer
7. Miss Mary Jane by Dean Jones
8. The Purple People Eater by Sheb Wooley
9. Dig a Little Deeper by Jenifer Lewis, The Princess and the Frog
10. All Around the Kitchen by Dan Zanes & Loudon Wainwright III
11. I Love You Too by Ziggy Marley
12. You’re Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile by Dan Zanes
13. If You Want to Sing Out, Sing Out by Rani Arbo & Daisy Mayhem
14. Down In New Orleans by Dr. John, The Princess and the Frog
15. Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious by Mary Poppins Original London Cast
16. You’re My Best Friend by Queen
17. Somewhere Over the Rainbow by Livingston Taylor
18. Hey Jude (Live at CitiField, NYC) by Paul McCartney
19. Goodbye Song by Yo Gabba Gabba!
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10 Responses to “Soundtrack for a 7-Year-Old”

  1. What a great Mom! I am not one of those that does up a great party but this sounds wonderful! Olivia is soo sweet.
    And I know that pang well…. sigh.

  2. Can you burn one of those CDs for me, too? :)

  3. WOW!
    Sounds like it’s going to be a great party!
    Aw, I love Olivia. I’m a sucker for anything that was a book before it was a cartoon (it was, right?).
    And hey, if this journalism thing doesn’t work out, have you considered a second career as a kid DJ? That mix is even better than last year (if that’s possible). We’re still enjoying ours, BTW.
    Have a great party and I can’t wait to hear all about it!

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  5. of course!

  6. Hi Amy,

    At this time last year, when you were writing about Sophie’s birthday, I wanted to email you and see if you know about the kid’s band, Laughing Pizza? I found the CD, Share a Smile, in second-hand store & thought it was worth a try with my girls. We’re not music experts but we enjoy several of the tracks a lot. The two that make me think of you all is the super sweet and fun song, “Sophie” (track 9) and “Birthday Rock” ( track 10). If you haven’t heard of them, I bet you can find them on line easily. Happy Birthday, Sophie!

    I have a little to share on the vision therapy post too.


  7. My daughter’s birthday is going to be Oliva as well. While looking for some ideas for her party I came across your blog. I LOVE your CD idea. I am having the hardest time finding the Oliva theme song. Where did you find it? Thanks, Jessica

  8. jessica — to be honest, i remember having trouble finding it but i don’t recall where…. if you send me your address i’ll send you a copy. :) you are in luck — suddenly there’s a lot of olivia stuff on the market. target has it and i saw party goods in one of the catalogues.

  9. Amy,
    That would be awesome!!! Thank you so much. There is a lot of stuff right now and it is so hard to go anywhere without my daughter wanting it ALL!!! Can you send me your email address so I can email you my address? Thanks again.

  10. sure, it’s — i’m burning the CD right now.

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