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audra trower williams
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posted 16 August 2002 04:06 PM      Profile for audra trower williams   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
What songs do you sing to your kids? Or what songs did your folks sing to you? My mom always used to sing this to me.
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josh
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posted 16 August 2002 04:23 PM      Profile for josh     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Unfortunately, with the voices my wife and I have, if we tried to sing our kids to sleep, they'd never get to sleep.

So we rely on modern technology. My daughter used to listen to a lullaby tape with her name in every song. My son now listens to a generic lullaby tape. The tapes are really good. I wish I had them when I was a kid because I don't remember my parents ever singing me a lullaby at bedtime. I guess I was a good sleeper, unlike now. I think my grandmother used to, but I don't remember the songs.


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paxamillion
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posted 16 August 2002 04:32 PM      Profile for paxamillion   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I remember walking the halls of Women's College Hospital with my newborn son singing the theme song of the cartoon "Pinky and the Brain."
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Michelle
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posted 16 August 2002 04:34 PM      Profile for Michelle   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I sing all sorts of songs to my son.

Dream a Little Dream of Me
Smile
Sing a Song
Sing a Rainbow
Twinkle Twinkle Little Star
The Itsy Bitsy Spider
Old MacDonald's Farm
Jesus Loves Me (yeah yeah, I know) and a few other hymns

And at Christmas, just about every Christmas hymn I can think of, along with secular stuff like Rudolph, Up on the Rooftop, Better Not Shout, etc.

Heck, he still sings Christmas carols. In August. I kid you not.


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Lard Tunderin' Jeezus
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posted 16 August 2002 08:25 PM      Profile for Lard Tunderin' Jeezus   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
When eldest was an infant, the theme to The Addams Family was the one that quieted her crying in the middle of the night - though I don't know if it was the tune or the rhythm of bounce in my step....

>They're Kreepy and they're Kooky,
Mysterious and Spooky,
They're altogether Ooky,
The Addams Family.

>Their house is a museum,
When people come to see 'em,
They really are a scream,
The Addams Family.

>Neat,
Sweet,
Petite

>So get a witches shawl on,
a broomstick you can crawl on,
We're gonna pay a call on
The Addams Family!


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Trisha
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posted 17 August 2002 11:40 AM      Profile for Trisha     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
My mother had a beautiful voice and would sing 1940s ballads to us. We'd stay awake to listen so she'd send in my dad, who always claimed we went to sleep in self-defense when he sang. His favourite was "Ghost Riders in the Sky". We never did hear the end of that song.
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Michelle
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posted 17 August 2002 11:59 AM      Profile for Michelle   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I sing Andrews Sisters stuff to him too.

"Don't Sit Under the Apple Tree"
"Little Jitterbug"
"Don't Fence Me In" (well, that probably wasn't theirs first, but they did sing it, with Bing Crosby)


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skdadl
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posted 17 August 2002 01:00 PM      Profile for skdadl     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I don't have a baby to sing to. But that's ok: I have cats.

Now, cats don't need singing to sleep: sleep is one of their specialties. Sometimes they need fun, though, and the fiercer one often needs distraction, so I sing to them then. Most successful is "Shall We Dance?" (rum pum pum), which I sing as I waltz about a bit, and two, anyway, have learned to waltz back, after a fashion.

The best way to prevent Phillie from assaulting the girls when he's bored is to play hockey with him (pinging bits of dry food at him across the kitchen floor): he knows the word "hockey," comes immediately when I propose a game, and he's learning the theme song from Hockey Night in Canada.

The only thing about cats and music that you have to watch is stereo: they definitely don't like stereo -- I think they're picking up sounds we don't hear, and it irritates them.


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nonsuch
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posted 17 August 2002 03:11 PM      Profile for nonsuch     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
Ghost Riders in the Sky". We never did hear the end of that song.

Then, cowboy, change your ways today,
Or with us you will ride,
Try'n to catch the devil's heard
Across these endless skies.
Yippi-yiy-aaa, Yippi-yiy-ooo...
Ghost rides iin the skyyyy.

(One of my favourites - Lorne Green sang it to me.)

My mother sang old folk-songs and fairly new pop songs and lullabyes and ballads - not so much at bedtime as all through the day, while doing chores. She still does. The only problem is, she tends to get stuck on one verse and keep repeating it until it annoys even her.

I do it, too, while working or driving alone. With other people around, i whistle. I don't sing well, so i never did it to the kids. But i had a budgie once that learned to whistle the first four bars of Amazing Grace, and Eric still enjoys What's New, Pussycat.


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Lard Tunderin' Jeezus
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posted 17 August 2002 11:09 PM      Profile for Lard Tunderin' Jeezus   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
My youngest, up 'til a year or so ago would regularly demand that I sing her 'Leavin' on a Jet Plane' - in response to which she would cry, throw her arms around my neck, and "hold me like (she)'ll never let me go".

God I miss that.


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Timebandit
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posted 18 August 2002 12:43 PM      Profile for Timebandit     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
We play Connie Kaldor's lullaby album ("Lullaby Berceuse") every night at bedtime for our oldest. The younger doesn't want anything on, but will listen to it other times. I can carry a tune, but I'm no match for Auntie Connie...

So I sing some of those to the wee girls, "I Have You" amd "Coulees and Sloughs" especially. They also like "Ice Cream" by Sarah McLaughlin, and Ms B sings it back now.

I also used to sing "In the Jungle", make up lots of extra verses. Ms B still asks for "the mighty jungle song" when she's sick or feeling sad.


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