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Of lullabies & grandkids

I love to sing. When my children were little, I had a 'special' song I sang to each of them.

For my son it was "Baby Mine" from the movie Dumbo. For my daughter it was "A House for Wendy" from Peter Pan. I know lullabies have a strong connection – when I first held my son (at 5 days old – he was a NICU baby) I hummed the song to him. He pushed back in my arms as if to say "It's YOU!"

Today's lullaby remix

When my grandkids came along, I had to add new songs like “Let it Go” from Frozen and “You’re Welcome” from Moana. But, my favorites are still the ones I have always sung. Here are some I recommend:

Peter Pan (the Broadway version – by Jule Styne)

This wonderful show is a goldmine of tender, sweet songs. You may know "Neverland" as one of its most loved songs. Other I enjoy singing to my babies:

  • Tender Shepherd
  • Distant Melody
  • House for Wendy
  • I Won’t Grow Up (sorry parents!)

Disney movie songs:

I love the original Disney version of the Winnie the Pooh tales. The title song "Winnie the Pooh" is great giggling fun with a tongue twister about being a tubby little cubby. Here are a few others:

  • When You Wish Upon a Star (Pinocchio)
  • Beauty and the Beast (the main theme)
  • Colors of the Wind (Pocahontas)
  • Can You Feel the Love Tonight? (Lion King)
  • A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes (Cinderella)

Another silly Winnie the Pooh song is "The Wonderful Thing About Tiggers" ( Tiggers are wonderful things…they're bouncy, trouncy, flouncy,, fun, fun, fun FUN)  

Sorry I get carried away with the lyrics. It is almost as fun to type it as sing it!

Memories Fade

Pooh songs rank as some of my favorites. As young as two years old my granddaughter and I would sing the "Little Black Rain Cloud" song. We sang it over and over until she knew all the words.

Now she is turning 5. Sadly, we got carried away with songs from recent movies like Frozen and Moana and the Pooh songs fell by the wayside. When I showed her a video of her singing it at 2, she had no memory. So, for all you grandmas – and 2 year olds – here are the "Little Black Raincloud" lyrics:

I’m just a little black raincloud, hovering over the honey tree.
I’m only a little black raincloud, pay no attention to me.
Everyone knows that a raincloud never eats honey – no not a nip.
I’m just floating around, over the ground, wondering where I will drip.

You can bet we are singing it right now!

Sue Klein

Sue is a mom of two, grandmother of four and daughter to her own mother. She blogs about all things 'grandma.' ...

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