I am a firm believer that music has a place in every home and in every child’s life. Music transcends all boundaries. It has always been so important for me to introduce Little One to music at a very early age. She was listening to an eclectic variety of music even in utero! An appreciation for all music genres is important. Though friends of mine will vouch for me when I say I’m not a fan of some kinds of music, I still believe it’s important to give kids a taste of everything out there. This is how we cultivate creativity in our children – by exposing them to different things and encouraging them to try new things.
I moved to an island where country music and bluegrass are popular. Little One seems to really enjoy the banjo and mandolin. I think that is really cool! I have to say that my almost 4 year old absolutely loves Astrograss‘s “The Colored Pencil Factory”.
The down home bluegrass tunes have an appeal for kids of all ages. I smiled when I saw my daughter just get up and start dancing and pretending to play her banjo! It was her toy guitar, but she insists we call it a banjo now. “Shortenin Bread” is one of Little One’s favourite songs.
There’s just something so organic and so natural about bluegrass and traditional folk. It just gets little kids (and adults) wanting to get up and dance! This is coming from a city girl who grew up listening to rock, alternative, and reggae!
Astrograss is made up of the talented Jordan Shapiro, Sarah Alden, Tim Kiah, Dennis Lightman, and Jonah Bruno. The sounds of the fiddle and the banjo just amaze my little not even 4 year old girl. She cannot get over the fact that “magic” comes out of the banjo and fiddle! I asked if she meant “music”, but she insisted that it was “magic” that comes from those instruments. Isn’t that the most beautiful thing a child so young can say?
The songs on the CD are filled with high energy and enthusiasm. It’s true that music makes us feel. Astrograss’ “The Colored Pencil Factory” certainly does this.
Catch Astrograss live! Fall 2012 Performance Highlights:
- October 6 Long Island Maritime Museum (11am), Islip, NY
- October 14 92YTribeca (11am), Manhattan
- November 2 Jalopy (3pm), Brooklyn, NY