The other day, Maybelle's physical therapist made a comment about Maybelle's favorite music. Maybelle loves music. We listen to it a lot around the house, and it's been an integral part of virtually all of her physical therapy, motivating her to do things that are difficult or not fun. So Suzanne--M's PT--has heard quite a few of Maybelle's favorite songs, and she's noted that they aren't generally songs she herself knows at all. The other day she commented that we might want to teach Maybelle a few songs that the other kids will know, as preparation for preschool.
I thought about it. Maybelle does listen to a lot of kids' music, but some of it is kind of obscure. One of her very favorites is "Jelly Man Kelly," a truly fabulous song from 1970s Sesame Street that she's learning to sing along with (this video with the kids makes her ecstatically excited).
She loves bluegrass of all kinds and will perk up when the banjo comes on the stereo. She also listens to a bunch of Dan Zanes, who's the musician king of vaguely funky middle-class kids with educated parents. "Foggy Mountain Breakdown," "Jelly Man Kelly," and Dan Zanes' version of "Down in the Valley" are unlikely to be part of circle time at Trinity Montessori.
Then yesterday, in the morning, as I was getting her breakfast ready, one of her very favorite songs of all came on the stereo: Roger Miller's "Dang Me." This is a song that includes such kid-inappropriate verses as,
Just sittin round drinkin with the rest of the guys,Although it's kid-inappropriate, Miller is such a clever musician that we were compelled to put his music into Maybelle's iPod playlist. She loves it. During the chorus, as he's singing, "Ought to take the rope and hang me, high from the highest tree" Maybelle gleefully made the sign for "tree."
Six rounds bought, and I bought five.
Spent the groceries and half the rent.
Lack fourteen dollars having twenty-seven cents.
That was the point at which I decided Suzanne might be right about us broadening Maybelle's repertoire.