Can you sing along with the A B C song?
If you’re like most people who’ve been around longer than a couple of years, you know the A B C song. In fact, just because I mentioned it, and you read this or heard me say it, now that song is bopping along in your brain. And I’m gonna go out on a limb and say I’ll bet you didn’t learn it yesterday. Am I right?
What makes the A B C song so easy to remember?
Start singing it and you’ll notice how each letter becomes a word to the song. And each phrase rhymes with the letter E. Pretty cool. The rhythm is easy going in four-four time. Without realizing it the melody was probably very familiar to you immediately. It’s similar to the kind of tunes you heard in your favorite wind-up teddy bear, crib mobile, or music box.
The ABC song is so simple and catchy you can sing it to newborn babies and watch them begin to understand. And yet…in that simple, little song you’ll hear the musical equivalent of two verses and a chorus. Then the whole song resolves itself right at the end on Z.
The simple, yet unequalled, power of music.
My mom told me about how her mom (my Grandma) began losing her memory in her late 80’s. As Grandma reached her 91st year there wasn’t much she could remember anymore. But. She COULD remember some of her favorite old southern hymns from when she was a girl.
Some of the people who would visit Grandma during her last days in her hospital room would sing those hymns to her. And even when she wasn’t functioning well, she could sing along.
Simple melodies. Easy words. Nice flowing rhythm. Nothing is more powerful than music when you want someone to remember.
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