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My Favorite 5 Songs About Home and Family

My Favorite 5 Songs About Home and Family

Music. It's a form of art like painting or sculpture, except it is auditory instead of visual. Music plays a big part of my day-to-day life. I am almost always listening to something. Often, whatever music I am listening to is a reflection of how I feel. If I am thinking about my girl, I'll listen to love songs. If I am about to work out, I'll listen to rap to pump me up. If I am sad, I will listen to old Blues music...and so on and so forth. When I am homesick, or just thinking about my family, here some of the songs I like to listen to.

"Family Business (Album Version)" by Kanye West

"Family Business" was released as the 20th track on Kanye West's debut studio album, The College Dropout, on February 10, 2004. It discusses the peculiarities of his family and community, but his love for them nonetheless. The album The College Dropout is considered one of the best albums of all time, it won the Grammy award for "Best Rap Album," and has sold over 4 million copies worldwide.

"Daughters" by John Mayer

"Daughters" was released as the 8th track of John Mayer's 2003 album, Heavier Things. It was also released several times as a single. The song urges fathers and mothers to care for and set good examples for their children. It won the Grammy award for "Song of the Year". It has sold over 1 million copies in the US alone.

"Homeward Bound" by Simon & Garfunkel

"Homeward Bound" was released as the 4th track on the duo's third album Parsley, Sage, Rosemary, and Thyme and also as a single on January 19, 1966. It expresses that in the busy lives of the artists, their hearts and minds are still on home. 

"Back In The U.S.S.R." by The Beatles

"Back In The U.S.S.R." was released as the 1st track on The Beatles (the "White Album") by The Beatles in 1968. The song describes the happiness the singer has at returning home. The "White Album" is one of the most critically acclaimed albums of all time, going 19 times platinum. 

"Carolina In My Mind" by James Taylor

"Carolina In My Mind" was released as the 7th track on James Taylor's self-titled debut album. It was written by Taylor while he was recording for Apple records in England, and it describes his homesickness. Although the song did not achieve great commercial success it is a quintessential all-American song.

Music makes us feel because lyrics and tunes are tied to memories and the memories we have involving our families are often the most cherished. Another great way to remind yourself of those cherished memories is by creating your very own Family Tree Print. At FamilyTreePrints.com you can create and customize a print to meet your exact specifications, so that even when you get old enough that you can't hear, you'll have something you can see, to remind you of the joy you find in family.

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All About the Roots

All About the Roots

Whenever we talk about genealogy or family history, the word "roots" comes up often. We talk about "getting back to our roots," "remembering our roots," and "honoring our roots." We even use "family trees," and we all know that trees have roots. But today, we are going to talk about the word "roots" in a different context: root words; of some commonly used phrases related to genealogy and family history.

The word genealogy comes from the two Greek words genea and logia. Genea means "race" or "family" and logia means "theory" or "study."The closest translation comes out to "to trace ancestry." The word pedigree has Latin roots, coming from the words pes, meaning "foot," and grus, meaning "crane." Kinda weird, right? This is because, in early western European genealogies, a sign resembling a crane's foot was used to indicate lines of descent. As we know, English is a "younger" language, and almost every word is a variation or combination of words from other, more ancient languages. 

Root words help us figure out the origin and meaning of the language we use today. In the same way, knowing our "roots" help us figure out our origins and our purpose. We all come from somewhere, and we all mean something; because of our strong roots, we can become great trees (figuratively). Metaphors are nice, but personally, I like things I can see and hold. At FamilyTreePrints.com you can create, customize, and download a Family Tree Print that fits your needs, and your style.  So go check it out, and remember, a tree is only as strong as its roots.

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A Blank Family Tree: Genealogy Decal

A Blank Family Tree: Genealogy Decal

Here at Family Tree Prints, we're all about creating beautiful custom family trees in the form of high fidelity JPEG downloads that you can create and customize yourself using our family tree maker app and your own genealogy (imported from FamilySearch, a GEDCOM file, or input manually), but we get that sometimes you just need a plain white blank family tree for research or other purposes. We've got you covered and this free blank family tree with "Genealogy" text decal is on the house. Download the chart here
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