I have been singing Summertime, from Porgy and Bess, by George Gershwin, DuBose, Heyward and Ira Gershwin.
I started singing this to Baby SOH when she was a little baby, during her first summer months.
I love the melody, but especially the words.
Oh your daddy’s rich, and your mumma’s good looking …
I love those lines.
Today I sang it again, and for the first time, I heard a little voice along with me. First, it chimed in on “easy”, and then her little voice seems to move along with mine and we were both singing together. There were some words there some of the time, but what I heard most was the lovely melody.
What a lovely experience. I will always remember that, Baby SOH, we shared it together, we always have, but now she is more than a listener.
Communicative musicality. We are living it Baby SOH.
Love from Nannyjay
I am an early childhood music specialist, with a passion for music, music for singing, music for children, classical music, contemporary, good quality folk recordings, moving to music that comes from a feeling within.
Having recently become a grandmother, the months are flying past too quickly!! I have decided that I would like to record the musical journey Baby SOH and I will take together.
Music enhances my own life, and I have seen the contribution music makes to family lives, and children's lives from their youngest days.
I am also interested in the contribution music makes to family relationships.
I love to sing myself, and so the Kodaly philosophy of music education sits very well with me. Zoltan Kodaly was a Hungarian music educator and composer, and believed that singing is the foundation for all music education.
I will soon be attending the early childhood music seminar of the International Society of Music Educators in Beijing, China, which is very exciting. People from the world over meet to share the latest research in music for children 0 - 8 years.
So the journey begins.