Monday, March 18, 2013

Let Me Sing-A-Ling-A-Ling for You

In my adult life, I never fancied and bothered listening to nursery rhymes songs. I always thought that most of the one-paragraph-long nursery songs' lyrics are so repetitive, meaningless and a bit silly. On top of that, I found that quite many of the songs' melodies are horrendously annoying, especially if sung by kiddos who have natural talents in shrieking or screaming obnoxiously and technically just can't sing very well.

Nursery rhymes songs are so cool!
Being able to sing lots of those songs makes me even a cooler Mom!

Who knows that right after I became a mother, I turned into a person who is obsessed with traditional lullabies and nursery rhymes songs? I sing to my baby every single day, except when I lose my voice due to severe throat infection. I ain't a good singer, never consider singing as a hobby and often sing in scratchy and off-the-key tunes but I think my baby loves my singing! My baby smiles when I sing to her and sometimes my singing magically lulls her to sleep too. Therefore, since I discovered that singing provides good mother-baby bonding, I was so keen in cultivating my singing baby songs skill. Also, I understand that singing may help the development of the child's language skills. So, why not singing baby songs? 

In the past few months, I started digging, researching and practising some old Indonesian traditional kiddie songs that were once taught during my kindergarten years. Although I still remember few of signature Indonesian kiddie songs' melodies but I already forgot almost all the lyrics. As a result, I had to ask my sister, Mom, best friends and Google to tell me the songs' lyrics so I can properly sing one whole song to my baby. If you ask me now, I already got the knack of more than 10 Indonesian kiddie songs, which mostly talk about animals, off the top of my head. Not bad, right?

Then, how about my abilities in singing English kiddie/baby songs? Growing up with English as second language and practically only learned this language for the first time when I was in junior high-school, I had zero knowledge of English baby/kiddie songs. I didn't even know the lyrics of Mary Had A Little Lamb until few years ago. Recently, I began downloading (and purchasing) iPhone English kid’s songs apps and trying to memorize every song's lyrics. I pushed my determination to the limit when it comes to learning English baby songs so my baby would be familiar with English baby songs at early age. With that, I now proudly announce that I can sing Do Re Mi, Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer (Naomi's favourite ) and Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star pretty well. I am also currently in the midst of mastering traditional lullaby songs, which actually are quite useful in soothing fussy little souls. Parenthood indeed involves lots of learning, doesn't it?

Last night, I heard Sing-A-Ling song for the first time and realized how cool this song is. Its melody is somewhat cute and the rhythmical lyric is so catchy. I played the song in my iPhone over and over again and rehearsed sing-a-ling-ing this song nearly ten times until my husband commented, "Hey there! This song is so annoying!" I ignored him and carried on with my practice because I wanted to sing-a-ling-a-ling some thing-a-ling-a-ling new for my baby so bad.

Seemingly, I've been sing-a-ling-ing this song way too much last night and I woke up with lots of sing-a-ling-a-ling words flying around my head this morning. I am so under the Sing-A-Ling spells and just can't get the sing-a-ling-a-ling out of my head.

Do you sing-a-ling-a-ling to your baby too?

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