Sid’s teacher once explained that music, songs, and rhymes are the best ways to connect with little children or even keep up with their short attention span. It must be true as Little Princess (who has the tenacity of a terrier bull during a tantrum) was quick to forget her ‘I want chips’ tantrum when she heard a popular Bollywood number being played in the Electronic section of the supermarket. She even managed to get the attention of busy shoppers when she sang the words (a little too loud for my liking) and did funny dance moves while seated on the seat of the shopping cart.
My love for music only got me as far as the school choir, a group that limited its performance to the last day before school closed for Christmas Holidays. This part of my schooling came in handy while trying to sing to my first born, who almost always slipped into a deep slumber after the first few lines. When I tried it with Little Princess, I caught myself dozing off while she had already slipped away to pursue her many explorations.
Elena Mannes, the author of The Power of Music, says that scientists have found that music stimulates more parts of the brain than any other human function. So, it was not surprising when I read an article by the columnist of Toronto Star, Vinay Menon, who claims that a little brainstorming after witnessing the record-breaking seven Golden Globes win for the musical La La Land led him to wonder what might happen if real life was a musical and we could sing or dance our way out of strife?
This thought got me imagining ex-news anchor of Times Now, Mr. Arnab Goswami, singing (not screaming) his arguments and opinions while angry politicians sang theirs. Not quite a song, is it not?
Then maybe I must limit my imagination to ‘singing’ my way to winning the next argument with the husband or even ‘singing’ my disapproval the next time Sid comes back from school with his snack box untouched.
This technique sure has health benefits as it keeps all emotional outbursts (or anger) in check as the mind overworks the creative side of the brain to sing the right tunes, calming and soothing tense nerves.
But I would be wary of ‘singing’ my mind out to Little Princess for she might just sing after me and then even break into a funny dance!