I am so thrilled and excited that the kids have really entered that love of music stage. Since the very first day they came home they have had music as a constant background to their lives. At first it was so that they got used to background noise and learnt to sleep through anything (seems to have worked), but then it was just because Chris and I have such a passion for music ourselves. We have a very eclectic mix of music in our collection from opera and heavy classical to pop, rap, rock, metal and everything in between. Our collection covers ever era of music you can imagine.
All of a sudden the kids have really noticed the music. Pudding especially will shake her little shoulders and rock her head from side to side and even tap out a drum beat if there is music on which catches her. And as for her love of dance. It is honestly one of the best things ever to see her moved by music. Sausage loves to sing at the top of his voice. They are doing djembe drumming lessons at school and are learning some of the basics about tempo and rhythm and volume, but they do seem to be stuck on LOUD. LOL.
In the last couple of weeks we have entered the AGAIN AGAIN phase of wanting to hear the same song over and over and over again. Anyone with a kid between 2 and 10 will not be surprised that their current favourite is the Frozen song by Demi Lovato “Let it Go”. We have shown them the You-Tube videos with the character from the movie singing it, young kids singing it and then the Demi version, which made Sausage cry because he wanted to see the ‘real singer’ (Queen Anna from the movie). Some nights when they don’t want to go to sleep you can hear “here I stand and here I’ll stay” being belted out from their bedroom.
They have both taken to standing on top of a table and giving us a performance singing and dancing, even resorting to make their own microphones from playdough. They tend to get a little stuck on lyrics singing the same catchy line over and over and over again, but it is total music to my ears. Their repertoire includes “Let it Go” by Demi Lovato, “I don’t want to miss a thing” by Aerosmith (my fault as it remains one of their bedtime lullabies), Tonight (from Annie) and “Itsie Bitsie Teeny Weeny Yellow Polka Dot Bikini” amongst the usual nursery rhymes.
In my car I have a few Disney songs (“Never have a friend like me” from Aladdin, “Under the Sea” from the Little Mermaid, “King of the Swingers” from the Jungle Book) and we are branching out with their own little play list which includes “Party in the USA”, “Roar”, “Hall of Fame”, “Happy”, “Beautiful”, “American Pie”, “See you Later alligator”.
So what songs can you recommend for my kids to keep building on this love of music. I am open to anything, from any era, any genre, age appropriate, especially if it is catchy and might broaden their singing repertoire.