A painter paints pictures on canvas. But musicians paint their pictures on silence.
Whether it be that music does not have a photogenic canvas or that I have not yet explored how to upload mp3s to my blog, the result is that I don't tend to share something which is a very important part of my day to day routine here. That is, singing! After all, I am a Kindermusik educator!
Singing with a toddler and a young child in the house means there is a beautiful way of dispersing negative attitudes and behaviours and instantaneously converting them into something fun, entertaining and lightening. Did you know singing releases endorphins? I spend much of my days singing "toys away, toys away" and Incy Wincy Spider, Little Miss Muffet and Baa Baa Black Sheep. Yet I also sing my own songs to just about everything I am doing - saying (or rather singing) Good Morning to my blossoms and changing a little nappy, cooking meals and hanging out the washing. I just love this appropriate rhyme:
We are clothes in the washing machine
we wiggle and we giggle until we are clean
then Mama shakes us out to dry
And hangs us on the clothes line high.
and this one:
I'm a little teapot short and stout,
Here is my handle, here is my spout,
When I get all steamed up hear me shout,
tip me over and pour me out.
Here's a cup, and here's a cup
and here's a pot of tea
Now pour a cup, and pour a cup
and have a drink with me.
Of course bikkies, cakes and muffins follows this. Do you know the Muffin Man?
It makes the routines so much more fun and also helps a whingey little toddler when Mum is busier than she'd like.
I come from a musical heritage. I don't remember not being able to read music, I sang with my brothers and sisters from a very young age and regularly directed performances in the home when we were very young. We were all in the same choirs in our youth and from here is where I want to share something special with you.
My brother recently posted about his (and my) heritage as "a choir boy" :) and has uploaded a couple of songs from albums we created. So pop on over and have a listen. It's a treat, the albums have won awards - ARIA awards for classical recordings. My favourite of his pair is definitely Autumn Song, by Peter Sculthorpe, a contemporary Australian choral work. Enjoy it before this delicious season is over. While you're on his site search a little and you're likely to find a few gems my brother has created himself - like Awesomesauce. Hmm, I think that all the time I am devoting to my children he is songwriting - just a wee bit jealous am I. Still I would have it no other way. My children are my gems. Now back to creating things for them.