They Have the Music in Them!

Today my six-year-old decided he was going to write a song. I was impressed and encouraging. A few minutes later I got to read the opening lines:

“I am gona get on fire

like a cobra

or a black mamba

fiting a tiger”

 I complimented my rookie songwriter on his creativity but I also wanted to give him some constructive feedback. How about adding rhymes? My input wasn’t well taken, though. Actually, I got to hear that “rhymes make a song sound stupid”.

Two thoughts followed:

The first one was about music. Music is kids’ best friend and I’m happy my boys are friends with music. Apparently, even the science confirms that children who play instruments are happier. In other words, let’s keep music alive in our homes. Any music, from folk to classical. I was hesitating for a while about the influence of the radio on my sons’ taste in music, but you know what, even a cheap radio hit can be inspiring. Actually, I’m quite positive that it’s the Swift, Perry & Co that gave my son the idea to write his first hit-to-be. Even if I would prefer to believe that it’s the music classes I kept signing him up for while in preschool (A propos music classes, I fully recommend Kindermusik. I am enjoying it again with my two-year-old. It’s so engaging,  diverse, and so professional! Check it out. They might offer classes in your area.) And let’s not ignore the innate musicality of children. Nobody has taught our younger son to wiggle his hips to the music the way he does. (Unless it was “The Wiggles”) Let’s give our children opportunities to develop what’s already in them.

My second reflection was about my son’s rhyme comment. I was surprised to hear that a kindergartener considers rhymes silly. Perhaps all those publishers who reject rhymed picture book manuscripts are right after all? Perhaps rhymed book are too simplistic indeed for this sophisticated generation? Generation Apple, by the way. I concluded so after my son had spelled ‘Island‘ as ‘iLand‘.

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