Two Important Little Songs
Being a dad of three sons, there’s been many times where teaching the skills of life have been the top priority. Hell, being a parent constantly spits up moments of learning that, as adults, we take for granted but, for children, are vital to growing up.
And being who I am, these moments of teaching often turn into little songs that help my boys remember the lesson.
Music is a fantastic way to teach. In fact, we use it all the time.
Take the alphabet for example. When we learn our A-B-C’s, we learn The Alphabet Song (yes, the one you’re now singing it in your head). Even as adults, when we have to try and remember the letter than comes before another, we quickly sing through the alphabet to remember that O does indeed come before P.
Or what about the colours of the rainbow? There’s lots of songs about it, but I always come back to:
“Red and yellow and pink and green
Purple and orange and blue
I can sing a rainbow, sing a rainbow
Sing a rainbow too.”
But I digress…
As I was saying, when I’ve taught my boys some of the basic life skills, I’ve (often completely by accident) burst into song to help get the lesson learned.
Two of these random songs have become favourites, and part of the Lane Family personal song catalogue.
The first is The Traffic Light Song. I remember driving along with the three boys in the backseat when my eldest asked what the different colours of the traffic light meant. It’s a fair question. A kid first learns what the actual colours are, and then soon after begins to realise that the colours also mean something more.
So, while stopped at the traffic lights, I began to sing; “Red means Stop, Red means Stop, Red means stop at the lights.” By the time the lights turned green, I had made up The Traffic Light Song and we were all singing it on the way home.
Wanna hear it? Here it is!
The second song is Who’s Got Your Hand? As you may have guessed from the title, this song came about when teaching the boys to hold my hand when crossing the road. When you’ve only got two hands but three kids to make sure are holding them, it can get a little tricky! So, I started singing this song just to make sure I had everyone holding hands.
The great thing is that the song has now taken on a larger life and is part of my new CD called We Are One, which is coming out soon. My sons sing on the track and for the We Are One release, I added a few extra verses so that it fit the themes of the new album. But in the spirit of teaching kids to hold hands when crossing the road, you can have a listen now to a special edited version of “Who’s Got Your Hand” and sing it to your children!
At the end of the day, I often think that success isn’t about how many units you sell or how many people attend your concert: it’s about the impact you make on people. Sure, the fame and the money would be lovely and all, but when I hear my children sing “The Traffic Light Song” or “Who’s Got Your Hand” (and even request the songs in the car!), that’s the best reward for writing music anyone could ask for. And I hope that they might just sing it to their children in the future.
And maybe — just maybe — you might just sing them to yours. :)
Until next time,
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