Thursday, August 14, 2008

A Musical Girl

What is it about music and babies? The love of melodies just seems to be hard wired into their little brains. A song will come on, and they naturally start "dancing," swaying and bouncing to the tune that catches their ear.

We had our last session of baby storytime at the library today. In the past six weeks, Isabel has become quite familiar with the songs we sing each week. She is even starting to do the hand motions that go along with them. Her favorites are "Shake, Shake, Shake Your Sillies Out," and "Itsy Bitsy Spider." "The People on the Bus" runs a close second. It is so cute to see how excited she gets when we get to a familiar song. And I am amazed that she has learned many of the motions in such a short period of time.

She also loves music on the radio. Yesterday we were riding in the car when one of my all time favorite songs came on, "What I Like About You," by the Clash. I turned the radio up and starting singing along, rather loudly and enthusiastically. At a stop light, I glanced back and saw Isabel jiving to the music in her car seat, smiling away. Who knew she'd be so fond of The Clash? It made me laugh out loud.

We don't have the television on during the day while Ibby is up and around, but I do like to watch the local and national evening news right before dinner. There are certain commercials that really make her perk up her ears, and it's all because of the songs playing in the background. Her favorite right now is a Valley Fair commercial. "Come away, come away, come away with me..." And oddly enough, she pays particular attention to the Al Franken for Senate ads. That's not music related, but it is funny. You'd think she'd cue in to the Norm Coleman ads since she met him in Guatmala when she was just a wee baby, but no, she seems to be leaning democratic on this one.

I've been a bit remiss with the camera these days, so I have no photos to share, but I did want to let you in on Isabel's musical tendencies. We'll be sure to get some cute photos this weekend and post something visual soon.


Lynn said...

I fall more in love with this little girl each day! How precious -