Tuesday, October 4, 2011
I have been thinking about Henry and music a lot lately.
Saturday night we went to a neighborhood walk about, which included a stop in a baby learning studio where they were hosting a mini kids music lesson. I stood in the back with Henry in my arms as he watched wide eyed (and sleepy; past bedtime) the older babies & kids play the tambourine; soft and hard, soft and hard.
You guys, I started tearing up. The tambourine is such a staple of childhood (or was in my own, anyways). The thought that I will soon get to share this with him (soon! Everything is happening so soon!), and everything else I treasured as a child; that he is my child, it just sort of hit me at that moment.
We are big music people, and we can't wait to share all of our favorite music with him as he grows. (See my friend Bruce's successful strategy in sharing his favorite music with his nephew here.)
But what about when they are so little? I am curious about your experience with music and the little ones. So far Henry went through a phase where he really liked being sung Mary Had a Little Lamb (boring!), then he ditched that and loved Do Re Mi. But even that only gets a little smile these days. He doesn't care for most of my rock renditions (After Hours is of no interest to him, but he tolerates I Will for his lullaby.)
I wonder; do babies strongly react to baby specific music? Should I be hitting up the record store? If I play something specifically recorded for him in the car, is he more likely to be happy and entertained than if I just put on the oldies station?
And if so, please. What doesn't suck?
Posted by jamie at 9:00 AM