Over the last couple of weeks or so, we've noticed a very pleasant change come into The Boy's development: singing! Specifically, requesting certain songs that he prefers and singing along with the words. In addition, he's started to sing songs while he colors or plays or does puzzles or walks, just like his parents tend to do. This is a wonderful development, because of a number of reasons: the fact that we enjoy singing even mores when we can sing with a boy or boys, and because his hearing is still at a point that allows him to start learning and appreciating music.
This afternoon, he started singing the words to the muppet song, "Sing a Song." I'm certain that it's been done by other people, but that's the performing group most known by it. It was spontaneous and unprompted - The Wife and I were shocked, because we didn't think that he knew that song. When we got in the car to drive to the Pittsburgh Mills mall, I played the tracks from the wonderful Max Q album, "For the Children," and The Boy started singing along with the songs that he knew.
He's done that in the past, most notably with "You've Got A Friend in Me" and with songs from Dr. Horrible's Singalong Blog, but not with this much rhythmic and pitch awareness. It's really nice to hear! He's not singing in tune, yet, but he's doing quite a good job for his age.
Little Bear has been developing along the same path as his brother, just a bit more accelerated. He's reacting to songs more, and he requests songs on a regular basis. He loves when people sing to him, and he will frequently ask for a song to be sung "again!" He doesn't like going to bed without Mom or Daddy singing him a song, usually the barbershop standard, "Story of the Rose (Heart of my Heart)." He doesn't sing along, but he does an exceptional job at filling in words when you pause and let him think about it for a second. That leads me to believe that he's singing along, albeit mentally.
I need to do some ore research and reading on young children's musical development and see what milestones are ahead for my kids. I'd love to accelerate them, because I'd love to be able to bring my kids to a barbershop afterglow and sing a tag or three with them - I know that they'd appreciate it and be the center of all the attention that they could possibly want, if I could teach them a couple of tags each.
No, I don't intend on being one of "those" parents who pushes a performing career on their children. I just want to share something that has been so meaningful and brilliant to my life and the life of the rest of my family.
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