Twinsanity: The Musical

Julian & Joshua

Julian & Joshua

For years I've said that while I am not a musician I do appreciate music. Jason and most of our friends sing and/or play instruments and/or write their own music. I happily sit and listen to it. I sometimes sing when I'm home alone, and I will sing at church or a concert if everyone else is singing loud enough to drown off my likely off-key voice.

Then we had children.

Julian & Joshua

Julian & Joshua

The boys love music. When they were wee little, singing (even my singing!) would calm them if they were upset. So I started singing songs that I knew, and then that changed into making up my own songs to fit whatever we are doing. I make up many songs every day, but there are a few that I've come back to repeatedly. My own version of "Hey Jude" by the Beatles became my lullaby or calming song for them. 

Hey boys
You are so sweet
From your heads down to your feet
You are my sweet baby boys
You bring my joy
And I love you

Hey boys
You are so cute
From your heads down to your patoots
You are my sweet baby boys
You bring my joy
And I love you

Hey boys
It's time for bed
Close your eyes and rest your heads
You are my sweet baby boys
You bring my joy
And I love you

Hey boys
It's time for sleep
Close your eyes don't make a peep
You are my sweet baby boys
You bring my joy
And I love you

Feeling extra silly (and probably quite loopy from lack of sleep), at diaper time I started singing this song to the tune of "Wooly Bully" by Sam the Sham & the Pharoahs.

Josh/Jude has a tushy
And it is so cute
Sweet little bum bum
Look at that patoot
Tushy! Tushy!
Tushy tushy, tushy tushy, tushy tushy

When we started brushing their teeth, I wrote this one to the tune of "Row, Row, Row Your Boat."

Brush, brush, brush your teeth
Make them pearly white
Wash away the old bad breath

Get it out of sight

It's possible that I'm losing my mind a little bit.

Silly time with Julian

Silly time with Julian

They also like to listen to recorded music. If Jason and I are watching TV, the boys will stop playing and look at the screen while a show's theme song plays (The theme of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert by Jon Batiste and Stay Human is their favorite). When the song ends, they go back to their toys. They love the music in one of the mountain biking videos that Jason watches, so he claimed one of the songs, "Good Day" by Nappy Roots, as the Fry Guy anthem. It's amazing how Joshua and Julian respond to it! They bounce up and down, clap, and wave their hands above their heads every time they hear it.

Joshua dancing to "Good Day" 

Joshua dancing to "Good Day" 

They listen to our favorite music with us, and we have started to look into children's music for them too. Many children's songs make me want to pull my hair out (I'm looking at you, Kidz Bop!), but we are finding some good stuff out there. Soon after they were born I stumbled upon Rockabye Baby!, "lullabye renditions of baby's favorite rock bands," which helped to calm babies and Mama at the same time. Everyone wins! Jason found these two albums and all four of us seem to like them.

 Jack Johnson's soundtrack to the Curious George movie

 Jack Johnson's soundtrack to the Curious George movie

 Snacktime! by Barenaked Ladies

 Snacktime! by Barenaked Ladies

I hope the boys are gifted with Jason's musical ability, but even if they aren't I'm sure that they at least have my ability to appreciate music. I wonder if they'll also inherit my ability to appreciate puns...

Sarah Fetterman

5670 Florida Avenue, Bethel Park, PA, 15102