My theme is Musical Memories: The Memories that music brings rushing back.
Today, I'm indulging myself in memories with my children. I would rock Bubba in Mother's old rocking chair and sing to him, hoping he'd fall asleep, but his little eyes would always pop open soon as I went to stand.
With, Bug, I didn't have the rocker. So, I'd put her on my shoulder and "bump" her bottom as I sang. I could get her to sleep that way.
This entry is about the songs I'd sing to them. I know one true lullaby and that is "All Through The Night." But I'd also sing them the tunes from Mama's old blue song book as well. Along with other songs for young children.
I'd also reach into my repertoire of standard songs and sing them as well. I would do my rendition of "Unchained Melody" and "To Sir with Love".
And with each child, one song stood out significantly from the others. It became their song and could only be sung to that child. For Bubba, that song was "Goodnight, Sweetheart, Goodnight". And of course I had to do all the parts, including the "bo-do-dee-do-do's".
Bug being a little girl, a very different child, and so happy all the time, her song easily became, "My Girl" by the Temptations. And once again, I'd almost run out of breath trying to get everyone's part.
Each one is still very possessive over "their" song. Even when Bubba heard me singing his song to his baby girl a little hint of green-eyed monster popped up. It was like he was torn between thinking, "Oh, how sweet, my Mama (He always calls me MY Mama, not just Mama) is singing that song to my baby" and thinking "Oh, no, don't you go there! Uh-huh. Sing her something else."
Did you sing to your children?
Did singing ever really get your children to sleep?
Did one song stand out from among the rest?
Do you remember being sung to as a small child?