Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! As part of our "father and sons" bonding time, my kids and I make music in both English and Spanish throughout the year. We are slow in publishing these songs because, hey, I'm a fulltime father and we have other things to do. 😊 Here's one (music and video on Youtube) that we managed to finish before this Christmas--a children's flamenco Christmas version of the popular Christmas song "The Little Drummer Boy" mixed with the Spanish equivalent "el Tamborilero".
My kids challenged me to make a video of their FREE play with SuperZings and Lego Duplo toys that looked like some sort of a movie with lasers, lightning and a bunch of cool visual and sound effects. . . and music too! It took a while, but here it is--part one. WARNING: this is a BATTLE SCENE; you know, when children play with toy soldiers and war?! You know I know... many don't like that sort of thing. But that's how we played it then. BIG SMILE 🙂😷
"What's our song for today?," my older son asked. And before long we, along with his little brother, were singing "Ciao Bella Ciao" and talking about Sicily and partisans, and finding Italy on the map, learning some Italian, and the who, what, when, where, why, how, what else, and what other thoughts they had about … Continue reading Song for the Day… for a Month: Homeschooling Activity (May)
Let's discover a new song for the day, for an entire month! That's what I told the kids at the beginning of the month, two weeks in the strict coronovirus lockdown here in Spain. Why? Well, the kids are at home a lot these days and you know you can only do so much with … Continue reading Homeschooling? Discover Songs for the Day… for a Month
What's your favorite nursery rhyme? When was the last time you get to sing one? Check out this family-friendly video of the kids singing "Rain Rain Go Away. Come Again Another Day" while I play the guitar por Rumba Flamenca, sort of. Another good thing about being under quarantine is that we get EVEN MORE … Continue reading Let’s Sing Rain Rain Go Away with Lyrics 👧Video👦 Canciones Infantiles con Letra en Ingles 🎻 Guitar Chords
So what do you do when your kids want to play football and you can't go out? (You know, corona virus lockdown?) You can't play it inside either because you've got a tiny apartment. Besides the neighbors would love all that banging around the walls and echoing through our Andalusian halls. Well, we don't even … Continue reading Kids Play Rooftop Paper Football ⚽ Corona Virus Lockdown Spain 👨👨👦👦 Family Video
Day 3 of corona virus lockdown here in Jerez de la Frontera, Spain. It's Monday and the first day out of school. There's plenty of things to do with kids at home during coronavirus self-quarantine that doesn't involve the zombifying internet or TV. What we found most entertaining, that you can do with your kids … Continue reading Make Music with Your Kids. Shake the Corona Virus Lockdown Blues Away
You know what's cool about being a stay-at-home dad? I get to be a kid again while playing and shooting this video of my kids free play outdoors in Morocco with SuperZings toys vs Imaginext Red Robin, Green Lantern, and little dragons like in "How to train your dragons". It's a FUNtastic father and son bonding time. Also a great opportunity to learn how to make videos! The downside? Video-making takes a lot of time. But hey, full time fatherhood is my new career 😊.
Happy New Year! Here's a music video (on YouTube) of a new and refreshing family-friendly version of the popular Christmas song "Jingle Bells" with lyrics mixed with the Spanish version "Dulce Navidad" con letra. It is an acoustic guitar-driven style, sung by kids, mixed with Villancicos Navideños (Spanish Christmas carols), in English and Spanish, performed in the style of Zambomba (Christmas songs done in festive flamenco style as uniquely done in Jerez de la Frontera, Andalucia, Spain). ¡Olé! My two young kids and I recorded it in our our old-but-professional home recording studio in December.
An improvised music activity with my children playing musical instruments was the follow-up to our first-time jamming, first to the all-time children's favorite song "The Lion Sleeps Tonight". As a full-time father and a happy houseband (aka house husband) I have to find activities to keep the kids off the "screen" as much as possible. … Continue reading Father and Sons JAM Session With Kids (a Lullaby) 😊 Family Video