Sunday, May 20, 2012

Treasured Tunes

It was only three years or so into our homeschooling that I realized how much better kiddo learns when I play some music in the background. Since that realization, we've just about exhausted several stations on Pandora, from Recess Monkey and Gustafer Yellowgold to Weird Al, Michael Jackson and of course, the usual list of well-known classical composers.

I don't know why it took me so long but about a week ago, I finally added The Beach Boys, Simon and Garfunkel and The Beatles to our list of stations. I really should have introduced these songs to him earlier, because after all, they were my favorite artistes during my teen years.

As is the usual case with Pandora, the station won't just play The Beach Boys if you select it. Pandora also mixes in songs by similar artistes and it was during one such mix that we discovered Little Bitty Pretty One by Bobby Day.

My parents did not play much Western music at home when we were growing up and anything Western I listened to was usually through the radio played on the school bus on the way to school. So while my repertoire of excellent Indian music grew, I missed many, many wonderful Western tunes as a result. I'm so grateful to discover these great tunes now. Every time Little Bitty plays, I drop everything and go absolutely crazy with the tune. :)

I love it when kiddo chuckles at my craziness. It just loosens us up and brings a special warmth to our days.

For your listening pleasure:


  1. Great song! I used to have albums of 50s and 60s music so i know quite a lot of them!

  2. My kids are the same way, so we have Pandora playing all day long. We have many channels on our Pandora but alas no Beach Boys. I am going to add it right now and see how the kids like it. :)

    By the way I love your planner, and I love the way your blog looks. I think it is my favorite homeschooling blog. If you lived closer I would invite you over for tea and have you give me some tips on how to design a great blog.

  3. I wish I had known about 50s and 60s music sooner Kerrie.

    Jill, thanks so much. And yes, I would love to have tea with you and talk about all the great things you do with the kids. :) If only we lived a few hundred miles down south!


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