I grew up singing the song “Crawdad” from this semester’s Fiddle Collection. I don’t even remember who sang this song to me and I don’t remember specifically singing the song with someone. But we all knew this song and it was a part of my childhood. This song brings back memories for me, but not a specific time or place or face. It reminds me of being young.
I assumed that everyone knew this song. In week one of this semester, I found out that many people had never heard this song. I was so familiar with the song that I couldn’t believe everyone didn’t know it as well. Then I realized that everyone has songs like “Crawdad” floating around in their memories waiting to be brought back to life.
Our children are building their library of musical memories right now. Every stage of their life will come with a memory soundtrack. We can’t pick which songs will mean something. We can’t choose which beats will remind them of their childhood. We can however pass along the songs that mean something to us. Songs that draw our emotions out will naturally mean more to our children. Songs that meant something to our parents will mean more to our children. There are songs that will be passed along from one generation to the next. It is important to share these songs with our children. Sharing these memories helps us bond one generation to the next.
There are several songs in the Fiddle Collection that your parents and grandparents might know: “Shenandoah”, “Crawdad”, “Marching and Drumming” (also known as “When Johnny Comes Marching Home”), and “This Little Light of Mine”. Have your child ask grandma and grandpa if they know any of these songs and see what happens!
Certification Level I, Music Together Teacher