Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Playing around with music

I've been trying to teach Aaron how to sing and he's been making some good attempts. The tune is not always recognizable but he's learning the words very fast.

So what does he sing? Thomas & Friends, Wiggles songs, You are my sunshine and all the usual children's songs. I don't know what I was thinking but I thought it would be funny to have him move around like Barry Manilow. So, he also knows Copacabana. My father had one of his line dancing CDs in the car and the second song on there was 'If you wanna be happy' by Jimmy Soul. Aaron now refers to this as his favorite song. In case you don't know the song, here are the words to the chorus.

"If you wanna be happy for the rest of your life,
Never make a pretty woman you wife,
So from my personal point of view,
Get an ugly girl to marry you"

You can't imagine how funny it is to watch and hear a 2 year old sing along to these lyrics. I've got to try to get a video of Aaron singing this. Keep it for his wedding day maybe?

Today, I've been trying out various types of music on Aaron. We've listened to Elvis, The Beach Boys, Gwen Stefani, The Vienna Boys Choir, Rolf Harris, some Chinese songs and a little orchestral music. He's already familiar with some of the Rolf Harris songs so his reaction there was expected. For the other music, only Elvis seemed to get a reaction out of him. He actually got up and jumped around. He noticed the other music but it mustn't have been catchy enough to make him stop what he was doing.

I think I'm going to allocate set times during the day to play the different types of music. If he's not exposed to them all, they won't have equal chance of getting liked by him. I know some are naturally going to be more catchy (lets say Elvis over Schubert) but in time, I hope Aaron can appreciate it all.


John said...

I have a nephew (now 7) that loves Elvis songs and loves to sing and dance to them.

Mike said...

Exposure to music helps the brain work better in general. Don't forget an instrument. Or the dreaded piano leasons.

egan said...

Better to have the pros teach them right? It's good to listen to the music and have the try to imitate. I should never teach anyone how to sing.

I really like the image of Aaron doing Barry Manilow.

Kellan said...

Oh, kids do love music and singing! My kids sing and dance all the time and always have music on in their rooms or on their IPODS. Have fun - Kellan

MamaGeek said...

Oh this was a hoot. You MUST get video of him singing Copacabana. The visual is too much.

Already a fanilow so young!

Nap Warden said...

Good for you! We sing ALL THE TIME!

GJ said...

You must have a broad collection, or are they downloads??