Sun 24 Oct 2010
Abigail and I share a favorite song: “All Around the Kitchen” by Dan Zanes and Friends. When she wants to get her dance on, that’s her go-to song, and it is so catchy that I get my dance on too. We have some really energetic 30-second to two-minute-long dance parties, me and my girl.
She started getting interested in music about a month ago, so I’ve been looking for some appropriate music for her. After years of hearing friends and family complain about going crazy listening to the same Barney or Wiggles or Wee Sing CD over and over, I wanted to find Abigail some good music that we could all like. Dr. G is of the opinion that we’ve got plenty of good stuff in our own music collection, and has made her a mix CD of fun music, some of which is kids (Macho Duck, All Around the Kitchen) and some of which is technically adult (Buddy Holly, some gospel). I’ve also been visiting Zooglobble’s blog quite a bit. He’s a fellow Phoenician who is apparently the last word in reviews of kid music that parents will like. He posts many a cute video, links to free downloads, and giveaways.
Anyway, Dan Zanes is one of our favorites; we even listened to a little of his stuff before we had any kids at all, and his track is the first one on Abi’s CD. She doesn’t know how to work her CD player, but she figured out that if it is turned on, she can open and close the lid and get it to start playing. Thus she loves “All Around the Kitchen,” because it is the one she keeps hearing each time she lifts the lid. She stomps in place, shakes her diaper-clad bootie, claps, and swings her arms around. She loves that it is also an interactive song: each verse gives instructions on some new silly way to dance. When Dan sings, “Stop right there!” she freezes and waits for instruction. She has learned by watching me what she is supposed to do for some of them, and she listens for keywords in the song (hair, nose, ears) for where to put her hands. It is a riot and a half to watch her stick her hands in her hair and start stomping or wiggling.