With this series of articles, we’ve been reviewing the lyrics from the music of our lives. Many may not
realize just how pervasive music is with us. If you don’t think so, try thinking of just one of your favourite
songs … right now. Can you also remember what you were doing and where you were, when you first
heard it? You see, this is true for everyone and it starts early.
How early? Well, this summer I brought our 2 year old grandson Kolton, to the New Hamburg library, for
a program called ‘Splish Splash Music Fun’ – one of the many family programs offered at the
branch. It was fascinating watching the little ones interact with each other to both music and lyrics
under the skilled guidance of our musical leader, Adele. The adults were brought into the fun too, as we
held hands walking in a big circle laughing and singing. (And, of course, who could forget singing into the
Afterwards, Adele told me that some children might be a shy at first; but if you don’t force them, they
will participate more and more. In the end, it was a great example of the power of music to bring us all
Another way to encourage young Kolton’s confidence and communication skills happened when my
Mom bought him a toy guitar – which he hasn’t put down since his birthday 3 months ago! My wife and
I took him to Castle Kilbride’s outdoor Summer Concert Series in Baden; and the classic rock band got
little Kolton (and all of us) singing and bouncing to the beat. At the intermission, I introduced him the
lead singer Tommy – who seemed to relate to Kolton, with his tiny toy guitar, in a way that made our
little toddler beam with joy.
So, I can’t tell you who’s getting the most out of this musical arrangement, Kolton or me; but to echo
the closing line from the movie Casablanca, I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship.
For example this summer, Kolton and I have been splashing around in the very hot, ‘Hot Tub’ –
practising for our swimming lessons starting in the next couple of weeks. And, I don’t know ‘Kolt’; but
I’m thinking we’re in for quite a shock. Oh well!
Katharine Hepburn once said: “Love has nothing to do with what you are expecting to get – only
with what you are expecting to give – which is everything.”
Fred Parry fredparry.ca 2011