The first time my mother and I were driving to school on a winter day, we were greeted by a chorus of “Happy Birthday” from the car stereo.
I remember that song so vividly because I was eight years old and had just learned how to sing along to the song on my first day of school.
In my mind, my parents were singing “Happy birthday” to me because I had a voice that sounded like theirs.
Since then, I’ve been able to sing them to my mom whenever she sings the song to me.
And I’ve gotten better at it.
That’s the kind of success that makes my parents’ singing a joy.
“We have the privilege to be able to share music that has influenced our lives,” says Linder, who is currently in her fourth year of singing at the Conservatory of Music.
“But it’s also an honor to have someone sing the music for me.”
And when I ask Linder if she’s ever felt a little bit guilty that her parents are singing to her, she replies, “Oh yeah!
I’m glad I can sing!”
When you have a voice like hers, your parents can sing to you just as well as you can.
And that’s a good thing.
So what are the songs your parents sing to their kids, anyway?
Well, there are a few.
First, there’s “Happy Day,” which was a favorite song of my mother’s and my father’s.
The song has been used as a source of inspiration for the rest of us.
(For a quick guide to how to pronounce it, read this story.)
“I like to sing it in a really upbeat way, which I like,” says Mya, whose mother, Linder says, “is kind of like a cross between an old-school country singer and a modern country singer.”
Mya’s voice has grown stronger with age, and her voice is now stronger than ever.
“It’s the best thing I have ever been able, and it’s a joy to be a part of,” she says.
And for a few months after she learned to sing, my mother would sing “Happy” for her when she was around the house.
The singing is just fun.
“I think my mom is always singing it,” Mya says.
“Sometimes it’s funny, and sometimes it’s sad.
It’s a great way to have a conversation.”
My mother sings “Happy day, mother” for Linder.
Mya also sings it to her parents for inspiration when they sing it to their children.
“They sing it for us when they have something to say,” Myra says.
Linder’s mother sings the songs for her.
And my father sings the “Happy Days” for him when he’s around.
I think Mya sings it for him to have some fun, too.
And the other song my parents sing is “Ain’t no love like a Happy Day.”
(That song has also become a hit on YouTube.)
Linder has heard all the songs my mother sings, and she thinks she’s the only one that can sing it.
“Theres a certain rhythm that you get with her voice, and then you’re like, ‘Oh, I love this.
I love that.
This is so wonderful,'” she says, adding that my parents love to sing the song.
“She’s just a really nice, kind, wonderful person.”
What’s so great about being a toddler?
You have a lot of opportunities to make friends, which makes it really fun.
There’s always someone around to play music with.
And your parents are happy to help out.
“My parents are very open-minded,” Myla says.
That openness and openness, and the ability to make a friendship out of something, makes my life a lot more fulfilling.
“Music is such a beautiful way to connect with people, to have fun and to share the joy of your life,” says Sarah, whose parents have a musical education.
“Even when they’re not in the room with us, they’re there.”
Linder and Sarah both sing the songs to their friends.
My mother says that she and Sarah also sing the “Ainsworth’s Theme” for each other when they are together.
“When you’re playing a game of guitar, you’re listening to other people, so you’re kind of doing the same thing you’re doing when you’re singing,” says Laura, who has a musical degree.
“So I think it’s just so fun to have that opportunity to sing with them.”
The kids at the conservatory are singing a number of the songs, but Mya is the most enthusiastic.
“Oh, my God, I sing ‘Ainsfield’s Theme’!” she says of the song that she sings to her friends.
And her dad, who’s also a violinist, is the one who gives the best tips on how to practice the music. I like