Singing

The boys’ musical repertoire is limited to 4 songs.

They can sing the alphabet song, and do so almost constantly. Like I posted the other day, what often happens is that one will start singing, the other will join in, but not quite at the same point, and so he’ll keep singing when the first one’s done, and then the first one will start over. They can keep this going for several minutes at a time.

A couple of days ago, the little guy was still singing “lamamamamamamama p,” but today he’s gotten it down to “lamanamo p.”

I’m still pretty amazed by his speech skills, because the big guy was so slow to start talking, although he’s caught up now and speaks as well as any other kid his age.

They can also sing Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, which is not surprising, since it’s basically the same tune as the alphabet song. They both do this one pretty well, but they’re bad at ending it, so it too goes on for several renditions at once.

The third song they sort of know is Happy Birthday, except they don’t really know it except for the words “happy birthday to you.” So, a rendition of that song from the big guy goes like this “happy birthday to you T, happy birthday to you A, happy birthday to you mama, happy birthday to you daddy.” From the little guy it’s more like “happy birthday to you, happy birthday to you, happy birthday to you, happy birthday to you…” ad infinitum (or at least till he spots a train).

The last song is Old MacDonald, which they don’t know at all, but they like me singing it. The trouble is the big guy likes the “ee-eye-ee-eye-oh” part, while the little guy likes the “here a moo, there a moo, everywhere a moo-moo” part, so they’ll each join in for those parts and then keep repeating it, so it’s much more cacophony than music. Although it’s a barnyard song, so I guess that’s appropriate.

I’d love to teach them more songs, or at least to sing other songs so they’re at least exposed to more/better music. The problem is every time I start singing something that isn’t one of these 4 songs, the big guy will either say “Sing the ABC song, Mama,” or just start singing it himself. So I sing my song, but I’m doing it over a 3 year old trying to drown me out with a loud and unmusical rendition of the alphabet song. But this is better than the situation a month or so ago, when he’d just sit there yelling “stop singing mama” over and over again until I stopped. So I’m holding out hope that he will eventually let me sing in peace, and maybe even become interested in learning something new himself.

Until then, I guess I’m just going to have to get used to hearing the alphabet song in the background all day long.

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