Frère Jacques | Are You Sleeping? | the story, lyrics and music

The very familiar children’s folk tune Frère Jacques originates from France. My earliest memory about this tune goes back to my kindergarten days. I learned this song in Mandarin Chinese, not in English, and the meanings in the Chinese lyrics were entirely different from the English version.

Toys and Magic | How I came up with the idea for the song Little Puppy Lily’s Magic Bone

Toys and magic has always been a popular theme in children’s stories

The imaginary world this song created reminds me of a TV cartoon show I used to love as a kid. In the show, this toy came to life after midnight when the little boy was asleep. And when the toy came to life, the clock stopped clicking and the whole world froze. Interestingly, there are in fact many children’s stories describing toys coming alive. Take the beloved Tchaikovsky ballet Nutcracker for example, the little girl Clara’s favorite Christmas present nutcracker turns into a handsome prince after midnight. Together they visit a snowy pine forest and then arrive at the Land of Sweets. They are charmed by the beautiful Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy.

Mozart’s Magic on Twinkle Twinkle Little Star: the 12 variations for piano, with guest pianist Kim Yim

What is your first experience on Twinkle Twinkle Little Star? You may have heard it from your childrens’ singing or from the kids TV shows, or you may have heard it since you were very young but you can not pinpoint exactly where and when and how. That is the magic of Twinkle Twinkle Little Star. It has so ingrained in our culture and tradition. Like a traditional Christmas song Silent Night, Twinkle Twinkle Little Star is part of our life and as we all are passing by the world, the song will stay for generations to come.

Do you know the Muffin Man? | the story of an English nursery rhyme

Will we call a man who delivers muffins house-to-house a “muffin man” today? Obviously in the older time we did. The popular nursery rhyme The Muffin Man is an English folk song. The lyrics are dynamic, easy to remember and they rhyme well.

Hey Diddle Diddle and The Bagels on the Table | creativity during lockdown

I’d been reading articles about children’s folk songs while compiling a beginners’ piano book of popular folk tunes. While looking at the rest of the assorted bagels lying on my kitchen table, still wanting for more, I was struck by the idea that if I were a kid I would probably have imagined the bagles started to move and roll out of the table, running away to some where. I let myself daydream.

The Story about Itsy Bitsy Spider | treasure found in simplicity

Many years ago when I first heard the song Itsy Bitsy Spider, it was at the daycare my kids went everyday. I was impressed to see that more than fifteen toddlers following their caregiver teacher singing the song, smiling widely, walking back from the playground to their room for the nap time. I was fascinated by the high spirits among the little singers!

Twinkle Twinkle Little Star | the story, lyrics and solfege

Who wrote Twinkle Twinkle Little Star? This beloved song has become a must-have lullaby nowadays in children’s song playlists. The tune comes from a French folk song ah vous dirai – je ma, maman ( oh shall I tell you mama), written in the mid- 18th century. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart adapted the melody and composed twelve variations on it as a piano solo work when he was twenty-five, making this tune world famous.

Kids Songs in 2021 | The Ideas about WowoSpot Kids

In my very remote memories, my earliest musical experience was about songs. We react to music and language most naturally through songs. Before I was made to sit on the piano bench at the age of five to learn to play the gigantic instrument, I had known music by singing and dancing along my favorite songs from the radio.