“Without music, life would be a mistake.”
I love music. I love that it inspires, moves, soothes, and speaks to us. Music has always held a very important place in my life. And as a mother, music has been an instrumental part of my parenting my twins.
We play music all the time in our home, in our car, on vacation. Our children are growing up with what we hope are rich and varied musical tastes that include jazz, rap, hip-hop, country, rock, alternative, bluegrass, and more.
Our twins M and J love music, too. Now that they are 9, it’s inspiring to see how they are taking more and more control and shaping their own musical tastes to suite their individual personalities and preferences. It’s incredible to witness how they see, feel, hear and discover music. It’s also such a gift to experience the discovery of music again through their eyes and ears.
When the twins were little, we attended Music Together classes. Later, we held our own dance parties at home. Today, we often have spontaneous dancing session on the weekends.
J, our daughter, loves to sing her favorite tunes throughout the house, in the car, at the grocery store. She often invents special dances to match her songs. She sings radio hits and also makes up songs on whim.
M, who has sensory processing and special needs, listens to music in a different way than his sister. He likes to play CDs in his room and really listen to the nuances of the music in the quiet of his bedroom. Music creates calm and focus for him.
The twins both have great musical ears and we often play games as a family -- name that song or name that artist. It’s fun and lively to hear them scream out The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, Madonna, or Adele. Soon, we’ll start the next chapter of our musical journey: learning to play an instrument and / or singing.
As J and M discover music, I discover it along with them — it’s miraculous how some of my old favorites sound brand new when I hear and experience the music with J and M. Whether it’s a classic like James Taylor or Lucinda Williams or Edith Piaf or a new modern artist like Selena Gomez, the music moves us and connects us all as a family.
There is freedom in music — there are no rules for listening and no rules for how to enjoy it. Music marks time and creates memories. Music is a living and breathing experience. Already, music has created unique beautiful memories for our family. Memories that I’ll treasure every time I hear a certain song.
What are some of your favorite artists or songs and how have they created a special memory for your family?
Here’s to the Magic of Music in your family!
Laura Rossi Totten is a blogger and a public relations expert. Her blog My So-Called Sensory Life: 365 Unexpected Gifts from Motherhood celebrates the daily gifts of motherhood.
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