The house was humming with sweet music today. Our routine was out of the ordinary due to a terrific blizzard. We did manage to get outside for a little while - the wind was whipping so fast and strong that it stung their little faces and the snow was so high that it was hard for them to walk - King Winter was generous leaving us with over a foot of snow.
If I plan the day right and give the girls contrasting activities; loud - quiet, inside-outside, handwork - footwork, individual - together time - and let them be on thier own time - the day turns into a pretty melody with or without musical instruments.
Ella received a much wanted ukulele for Christmas. Vivian received a glockenspiel, Dad received a new guitar and I received a beautiful lyre. Family music time was a joy until Vivy realized she wanted a "gu-tar" too. Relentless she was - music time started to sound like a sad country music song. To bring back the sounds that make my heart sing we bought Vivian her own a ukulele. We are back to making some good old Americana music. Dad plays acoustic guitar at family music time - but just bought this electric one for alone time. Good for him for finally buying something for himself -see how happy he is.
Our favorite songs to play and sing are: "This Land is Your Land," "I've Been Working on The Railroad" and this song which comes from our all-time favorite album. We listen to it everyday in the car and sing until our hearts content. Another one of our favorite albums is by Carole King - "Really Rosie" the songs are from Maurice Sendak's picture books which I just love.
Music is so good for the soul. Children (and adults too) can express feelings that they otherwise could not express verbally - and it allows them celebrate how they are feeling inside. Add instruments and a little dancing and you have what we call a darn good time!
How do you bring music into your family's life?