Children's music has played an important role in our journey as parents. While pregnant with Avery, George and I fell in love with Israel Kamakawiwo-ole's rendition of Somewhere Over The Rainbow/What A Wonderful World (do you remember that commercial that made you want to buy your new baby developmental toys?). His CD was the first of many in our music collection for young listeners. Listening to the song again, I wonder, what kind of world would it be if more people listened to songs about rainbows? I think to myself, what a wonderful world.
While many popular songs for adults deal with loving the wrong person at the wrong time, rejection, betrayal, consumption, loss, hopelessness, anger, fear, jealousy and even rehab (although I do love Amy Whitehouse's little diddy), most songs for children encourage love, friendship, sharing, taking care of the earth, accepting differences, eating healthy, dreaming, imagining, having fun and being silly. What if, instead of bumping and grinding, we all did the hokey poky and turned ourselves about? Rather than singing about what's wrong, we sang about some of our favorite things? Why not wonder why there are so many songs about rainbows, and what is on the other side?
If happy, little bluebirds fly
beyond the rainbow,
Why, oh why, can't I?
Pop in a kids CD, load your iPod with your children's favorite tunes, watch Connie on YouTube and let your spirit soar.