Beth Blenz-Clucas recruits Jeff Bogle to join the 2 Tunes team this week
I like parenting. Not all the time, but most days it ain’t a shabby way to spend a lifetime. But I get wistful easily, more easily with every passing moment it seems. Raising children is a joyous exercise, but for me the smiles come part and parcel with a dose of melancholy. It’s impossible to avoid really, for once they are upright, there is no more crawling. Once they master the legs out / legs back thing on the swings, there are no more puppy dog eyes pleading for one more big push. Once they grab the car keys… well, I’m not quite there yet.
Every moment that passes, every breath they take is one closer to them walking away; fleeing your protection, your helpful words of encouragement and time-tested advice. Read more...
Beth Blenz-Clucas blogs about music for kids that grownups will love too
This is the time of year to measure, count and reflect. As December rolls through, we’re fairly inundated with reviews of the year’s milestones and tabulations of the “best of” everything. It’s fun and occasionally instructive to go back through the past 12 months to see how we’ve all marked the time.
One of the most poignant songs ever written about measurement and time is Frank Loesser’s kid-friendly song “Inchworm.” Danny Kaye sang the definitive version in the 1952′s Hans Christian Andersen. It’s a deceptively simple song that can be sung as a round, which has made it a staple of children’s recordings and choir recitals ever since.
A few months ago, a kindie lullaby album called Sing Me To Sleep featured The Leisure Society’s lovely performance “Inchworm.” Here they are performing it live. Read more...