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Jane Roper is the author of the memoir Double Time: How I Survived–and Mostly Thrived–Through the First Three Years of Mothering Twins and blogger at Her writing has appeared on Babble, Salon, The Huffington Post, The Rumpus, and the upcoming anthology The Push: Birth Stories for the 21st Century. Jane lives in the Boston area with her husband and twin daughters.

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My husband is a genius.

By Jane Roper |

I know, I know. Your husband is a genius, too. I believe it. But mine, in my humble and completely unbiased opinion, is a pretty genius songwriter. I love these songs, below, which he wrote especially for each of our girls. I think they really capture their very unique personalities. (The slide shows help, too.)

The CD release show for his new family album, These Are My Friends, is happening tomorrow (Saturday, 9/10) at Club Passim in Cambridge, and there will be a number of other shows in the Boston area this Fall. He’s also got shows coming up in New York and the DC area. Check out his website for the full schedule. (And if you go, be sure to go up and say hi, and say you’re a Baby Squared reader! He’ll kiss you! Maybe. OK, not really. But still say hi!)

Chances are he won’t be playing either of these songs at his shows, and they’re not on the album, since the average listener doesn’t  know Elsa and Clio, and might not appreciate the lyrics. But you sorta do know them, in a way. So I hope you enjoy.



(Clio’s song after the jump)




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Jane Roper is the author of the memoir Double Time: How I Survived–and Mostly Thrived–Through the First Three Years of Mothering Twins and blogger at Jane lives in the Boston area with her husband and twin daughters.

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18 thoughts on “My husband is a genius.

  1. Korinthia Klein says:

    Oh, Jane, those are beautiful! Thank you for sharing them, because those songs and your girls are utterly charming and that made my morning.

  2. Chris says:

    Thanks for the tip – just got tickets to the morning show.

  3. Suddenly Jamie says:

    You and your girls are some very lucky ladies. SO sweet – I grinned all the way through.

    … I just want to know when his song about you is coming out.

  4. Rosstwinmom says:

    A genius husband and cute little girls. So lucky. :-)

  5. Andrea says:

    That actually made me cry. So sweet, really captures the essence of each girl, at least based on what you write about them here, and what a special keepsake for the girls to have as they grow up. Someday they will look back on what a wonderful dad they had and be thrilled to have these songs.

  6. Rachel says:

    So sweet! What lucky girls to have two amazingly creative parents!

  7. Donna says:

    How wonderful! Sorry we’ll miss the show tomorrow, we may try to make one later on.

  8. Emily says:

    Great songs!

  9. Annie says:

    Elsa totally plugged A’s album to me @ Sandy…we were singing songs, and she told me that she wanted to sing me one particular song, but that Daddy sings it better, and that I should listen to it with all the other songs on his new CD. Have a great CD release show!

  10. Lin says:

    Awesome! These are fantastic. :)

    We’re on the other side of the continent, so I think buying a CD is in order! My 10 month old boogied through both songs!

  11. EdnaKay says:

    I’ve had an exceptionally crummy week, and that just cheered me up and made me cry a little bit. They are two lucky little girls. My husband is a twin, so always love seeing your posts.

  12. Jane Roper says:

    Aw, I’m sorry you’re having a bad week, Edna. And glad that this helped cheer you up!

  13. Deborah Siegel says:

    Ok Jane, I think I am now in love with your husband. (Don’t get me wrong – I’m in love with mine too). SO SWEET!

  14. DWK says:

    These were GREAT. Thank you, thank you!

  15. Jane Roper says:

    Deborah, I must warn you, he can’t cook to save his life. :-)

  16. Rachel F says:

    This makes me think of Tom Paxton’s songs for his daughters Jennifer and Kate. They were my favorites as a kid.

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