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Absolutley NOTHING makes me more nostalgic than listening to songs sung by Raffi. I come from a time when Sharon, Lois and Bram, Fred Penner, and Raffi were the norm for entertainment for kids. Singing songs and being silly was one of the biggest parts of my childhood that I don’t think I’ll ever forget. We loved putting on the cassette tapes and dancing around the living room and singing every word like there was no tomorrow! Even still today when I am brushing my teeth I catch myself singing this:
It can drive my son nuts because he has never really been exposed to LIVE video of Raffi. When I ran day care from my house I played Raffi all day! They were mere babies then and didn’t quite get why I loved it so much. Now that my son is almost 4 (yes a tear just fell from my eye) I think it is the perfect time to reintroduce him to this timeless children’s music!
Although I can’t say for sure exactly WHY kids like Raffi I know that it resinates. He has this way about the songs that just get everyone involved. I never saw him live myself but I would take my children to a concert in a heartbeat. These days it is hard to get into a Raffi concert. I think because of the generation of parents now are the kids who were in love with him as babes themselves. I will try to get tickets of course the next time he is in my area!
I still know ALL the words to songs like:
I know watching him play that acoustic guitar also makes me wish I had stuck with my guitar playing. I hope that someday my son wants to play and learn!
If you want to buy the MUST have Raffi to get your kids to LOVE Raffi here are a few suggestions:
The best of Raffi includes Baby Beluga, Banaphone, Wheels on the Bus and is a great starter! There really is no doubt you and your kids will love this one!
The Singable Songs collection is the album I remember and love when I was a kid. The More We Get Together is a classic and makes me think of being 6 with chocolate milk and cookies on the table while we all sing and dance around together. Down by the Bay was a song we used to sing at girl guides and still makes me laugh. The other classics include, Brush your Teeth, Must be Santa and Mr. Sun.
I hope that if you LOVED Raffi as a kid you will introduce him to your kids. Take your kids back to the wholesome 80’s and 90’s when we loved what we loved even if you can’t show them what cassette tapes are I’m sure they will appreciate the time spent indulging in something WE loved too.
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This is a fun idea I had when I first thought about starting a blog. Why not look back and see what the number one songs were according to the Billboard Hot 100 10 years ago to the day. So lets look WAAAAY back and see what the number one single was today in 2007:
AND WATCH ME YUUUULE LOL If there ever was a song that made you want to do the dance that went along with it… this was one of those songs. So back in the days of flip phones and the dawn of viral videos this is just a taste of what was to come! This song is HANDS down a look into the future at Silento’s Watch Me (whip… whip whip whip). This was a time before youtube stars who were young and in charge and I personally thought this kid was CRAZY and couldn’t believe how popular this song was. I will admit it is ONE catchy track. The hook will be in your head all day now if you just watched that video above (you are welcome)
So 10 years ago… 2007. What were you doing at that time?? I was 24 years old. I was just moving back to my home town after living in the big city of Toronto for a number of years, going to college, meeting the love of my life and realizing it wasn’t for me! Moving back to my home town with my (now husband) boyfriend and moving into an apartment and going to work for my parents didn’t turn out the way I had thought it would at that time but it was FOR sure a transitional time in my life. Reconnecting with old friends and making plans for the future that for the most part aren’t even CLOSE to where I ended up now. I only did two years of college. I took Comedy Writing and Performance LOL so I feel like this time in my life was part of the “school of hard knocks” phase in my life. I was learning to be adult but still quite a child (as I look back now… don’t think I would agree to this back then LOL)
If I was to know then what I know now I’m sure I would have gone a different direction. The 10 years between then and now I sure did learn a lot. I wonder if Soulja Boy would say the same! What a young kid he was when this song was the number one song in the US. I wonder what he would have done differently. Or what he did with all that money. What would I have done with all that money? WHO knows lol I’m sure I wouldn’t be sitting here with my precious baby in my lap fast asleep while I blog. I know that likely wouldn’t be the case!
This post for sure wasn’t what I thought it would be. It got me all nostalgic and shiiiit ha ha ha. I think I might do another post like this when I’m looking for an idea and I’m stuck. See what the number one song was THAT day and look back in time and see where I was at then too… HECK I’m getting so old now I could do a 20 years ago post…. hmmm I just might do that! Stay tuned!!
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