Instead of suggesting a children’s book in this post, I would like to share a children’s musician that our entire family really enjoys. My children are currently watching his dvd, “The Marvelous Musical Adventure,”which they received as a surprise gift for Valentine’s Day. (I don’t normally do Valentine’s Day gifts, but I figured if I gave it to my oldest for her birthday the youngest would be upset even though she could watch it anytime she wanted.)
Nearly every time we ride in the car we have Steve Songs in the cd player. Lately it has been “Marvelous Day,” although we also have “On a Flying Guitar.” My four year old’s favorite song is “Spyrtle the Turtle.” It is really cute to hear her sing along, although she will often forbid me from singing along with the cd.
We were fortunate enough to discover Steve Songs at our local library a few years ago. Our library often has musical performances in the summer, although I am not sure what they have in the budget this year since I have already heard that the library may be cutting days due to budget issues.
One of my favorite songs is “Bridge to Terebithia.” Neither of my kids is old enough to have read the book, so it is not quite as meaningful to them. I had wished when I first heard about the movie of the book that they had used this song for the credits. Apparently Disney bought the rights to the song so it is no longer on the later releases of “Marvelous Day.” Below is a youtube video with the song.
The video below is from PBSKids. It even has a few ASL signs in it if you watch carefully! (I also use the song, “Fast Monkey” in my signing playgroup to practice signs for fast, slow, happy, sad, and silly.)
And a personal bit of trivia — apparently Steve and I attended the same college for one year. I attended Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT for my first year of college, where he evidently attended as well. I don’t know if I ever met him; guys with guitars were a dime a dozen when I was in college, lol.