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May 20, 2008 |
Dear Mr. Keillor,
Part of my nighttime routine with my three-year old daughter is singing, and I'm starting to run out of songs. I've worked my way through most of the hymns I can remember, and in my search for lyrics I've discovered that you can sing the words for "Will the Circle be Unbroken" to the tune of "Children of the Heavenly Father". The down side to all this is that my daughter will only sing along with me when I sing "Amazing Grace" to the tune of the Gilligan's Island theme song. Can you help by suggesting some classic songs that I can learn and sing at bedtime?
Cottonwood Heights, UT
Your next step, Glenn, is to make up songs, and rhyme the lines on the spot, with references to her, things she did that day, her bedroom, family members, etc. For that I recommend an old campfire song "Angels Watching Over Me" —
Night has come turn out the lights.
Angels watching over me, my Lord.
In Salt Lake City and Cottonwood Heights,
Angels watching over me.
The refrain gives you a few seconds to come up with the second line. And when you're stumped, you just toss in the chorus.
All night, all day, Angels watching over me, my Lord.
All night, all day. Angels watching over me.
This will really impress your daughter for awhile. And when your daughter turns ten, you can switch over to the blues.