It's that time of year again here in the U.S. - the time when local radio stations play Christmas tunes 24/7. Some of these songs bring back fond memories of yesteryear - and some? Well, let's just say it would be totally okay with me if I never heard, "Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer" ever again.
I think it's vital that our children experience high-quality music - the classic carols and songs that have stood the test of time, are performed beautifully, skillfully, and with feeling. But what about those other songs? What about "I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas," or "All I Want for Christmas Are My Two Front Teeth?" What about the parodies the kids love - like dear old odoriferous Batman, Robin and his egg, and that dratted Joker who always gets away?
As with all things at all times, but especially during this season, my professional and personal opinion is seek balance. I confess to having performed "I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas" as part of my annual concert for our community. And I think toothless kiddos are adorable - and never more so than when singing about two front teeth. But I do draw a firm line at smelly Batman - once or twice a week is about all I can stand!
Instead, I try to teach my children some "fun" songs, songs with serious kid-appeal alongside those seasonal, time-tested classics like the songs in my new set "Music for Advent."
In this free video, I'll take you through singing and playing "Jolly Old St. Nicholas." This song is part of Music Unfolds, but I'm happy to share it here especially for those who really need a break from Robin and his egg! Embrace the season! Fill it with beautiful music, grin and bear the silly stuff, and enjoy connecting with your kids on their level.
Like this video? Please let me know and perhaps I'll do a few more!