Where have all the nursery rhymes gone, long time passing…
If you were singing along to that line above, then you are a old enough to know a song from my youth, if not, it’s a good question! Where have they all gone? Who’s singing them? Why not? Questions, I’m full of them and I’m not sure I have any of the answers. All I know is that nursery rhymes are great ditties I grew up with and could chant a good pile of them in my earlier days, I still have a repertoire, but even I have let some slip.
Nursery rhymes, skipping jingles & picking who would go first, rhymes, seemed to have disappeared. Oh wait! So have skipping, and playing group games it seems. Step by step we are losing our children’s childhoods. All of these gems were passed down from generation to generation in the home, in the school yard, and on the playground.
I remember skipping with my children and trying to pass along some of my double dutch tunes and style, but skipping just didn’t tickle their fancy and I lived for it. In fact if I could still do it, I would, but you need two more people to turn the handles. lol Imagine, instead of children skipping under the street lights at dusk it would be seniors. Seniors playing hop scotch and drawing game boards in the sand for all kinds of jumping and throwing games. I still search for good flat rocks when I’m walking, but we all know that a silver chain from a key chain was the best for hopscotch. Oh, they don’t make many of those anymore either!
Back to nursery rhymes. They are short and sweet and often if you really listen to them they do say maudlin things, like Ring a Round the Rosie, or Three Blind Mice, and some people don’t like that, but they are catchy. I love catchy tunes and so do kids. It’s hard not to get pulled in by the rhythm and the joy of a nursery rhyme. Plus, if you have kids, work with kids, or know kids nursery rhymes are a great way to interact with them at lots of different ages. Softly cooing to a small baby as they drift off to sleep or belting out Baa Baa Black Sheep down the street to keep hungry kids happy, as you push the stroller very quickly, to get home for lunch and who hasn’t sung in the car? It is so much fun and helps to pass the time and stop the avalanche of “Are we there yet’s” for every driving parent.
The great things about these songs and rhymes is that you can change them to suit your purposes. Clean up songs, hand washing songs, driving in the car songs, loving you songs and ear your peas songs, are easily conjured up with your own words and the melody of a nursery rhyme. You’ll be singing out loud with your clan in no time. Oh……that’s why they’ve started to disappear, folks just aren’t singing out loud that much anymore.
Hmmm, it’s hard to remember all the words to Bohemian Rhapsody, but a nursery rhyme is just the ticket for singing out loud just as it is or customizing it and making it your own. Give it a try today, even if there aren’t any kids around. Below are two of my favourites songs that fall in to the catchy tune & easy to sing categories. One I wrote to copy a campfire song, another kind of tune I love to sing. The second one other is pretty self explanatory. Sing people, Sing!
As a children’s entertainer & songwriter, I suspect it goes without saying that I love singing, but I’m saying it anyways, I LOVE SINGING! As a young girl my father also loved singing and was a great leader in impromptu singing sessions. He sang songs from his homeland (Poland) in his native tongue, with others Polish folk or just sang out loud, because he loved to, in any language. He lead us all in carol singing at Christmas and encouraged everyone to participate.
We both sang in the Church Choir, I belonged to the KDHS school choir and sung in my room constantly to whatever song was on the radio, or record I was playing. Yes, I sang into a brush for sure, who didn’t dream of being a superstar?! My mother sang too, but perhaps not as melodically as the rest of us and we did give her a hard time about it. I regret that, but I learned my most important lesson about singing from my mom.
My mom loved to sing at church and as a woman who did not learn to read well into her 60’s, she had to memorize all the words. She sang at the top of her lungs. Mom didn’t care what people thought, there was such joy and emotion in her singing. As a youngster, you can certainly know that I was embarrassed by such a display and didn’t celebrate her joy at the time. Today, I lament how the world has lost most of these singers.
Singing in our country at least or my small corner of it, has become something left to the professionals, or ‘good’ singers. What a shame. How has this happened you might ask? Well it would seem that people have started to call out the singers of our world, putting them into various categories or worse, telling them, they can’t sing! This has made loads of people very hesitant to sing out loud, beyond their showers. I want to change that and I hope to start with you and all the children & adults that I meet.
Singing is just joy, pure JOY! Everyone gets to respond, participate and emote through this medium. Where have all the breakout sing songs gone, why don’t families sing more often in their kitchens, have we lost all the nursery rhymes that mothers and fathers would sing to their babies? So many questions. I know that not every family/person is the same. I know that there are plenty of folks still singing out strong, but it’s not everyone and that makes me sad.
With this blog I am hoping to connect people back to singing out loud in their kitchens and cars, with their families and friends, at schools, daycares and preschools. Music is a connector, a community builder, a great teacher, a vehicle to deliver instruction, as well as so helpful for our children to develop self confidence, language and to keep moving!
Let’s journey together to let the whole world know, that singing is for everyone, just not a few ‘good’ singers. It’ll be fun and it will be easy! Sing a song right now. Out loud. Be proud. A little louder please, you sound so great! I’m smiling, how about you?