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March 11, 2014

Kids and the Power of Music

Music has tremendous power to move us, and this is rarely more apparent than when watching young children discover its magic.

In the first of two videos (placed below the fold so they don't slow down site loading), a young girl renders an astonishing version of Billy Holiday's "Gloomy Sunday":

Dreaming, I was only dreaming
I wake and I find you asleep in the deep of my heart here
Darling I hope that my dream never haunted you
My heart is tellin' you how much I wanted you.

We once read an article on the theme, "What makes great art?" Fancy definitions aside, when a work of art communicates so well that someone who has never cared about or experienced a thing nonetheless feels it deeply, that qualifies in my book.


One of our favorite memories is of our youngest boy, aged 4, dressed up in a tweed blazer and his very first "big boy" tie, munching on fruit as he stood - completely blissed out and utterly oblivious to anyone else in the room - in front of the bass player in a jazz quartet. His little eyes were closed and one foot was tapping in time with the music.

In his hand was a cluster of grapes. The bass player said he wished everyone could enjoy music that much.

Posted by Cassandra at March 11, 2014 06:52 AM

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Was it you who posted the vid a few years back of a little kid in a safety seat in the back of the car, jamming out to something Dad was playing in the front seat? All I can remember is a crescendo in the middle and the toddler, all sparkly-eyed, saying, "You guys! Get ready!"

Posted by: Texan99 at March 11, 2014 10:17 AM

Little conductor has been watching a lot of practices!

Posted by: DL Sly at March 11, 2014 02:45 PM

I think it was a little girl, Tex and I want to say he was playing Elvis :p

Posted by: Cassandra at March 11, 2014 06:38 PM