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Topic: Music (03/08/07)
TITLE: Sing While You Shop
By sue moreland
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“Sorry, I can’t help myself. Seems to me that the overhead music is there for you to sing along. Why else do they pipe it in?
“ You know, Mom, your sister does the same thing. When I shopped with her the other day she sang along to the music just like you. Except I think you sing louder. It must be a genetic thing in your family. I’m glad I’m adopted and I don’t share your genes I’d hate to think that something uncontrollable would make me burst out in song at the first sound of music.”
My daughter, Karissa and I have had this discussion numerous times. I do have a habit of singing along to the music that is piped into all the malls and stores around town. And if she is with me she always comments. Usually, she thinks if I have to do it I should at least sing a little softer.
I love singing and I do it so subconsciously that I don’t even realize I am doing it. Except of course when I’m out with her. I can’t remember when I didn’t sing along with the music. I really do try to refrain when I am out with her even though it is harmless. I guess it embarrasses her. I don’t know why it would, after all I’m the one singing and it doesn’t embarrass me.
Last week Karissa and I went shopping with her seven year old son, Garen. I was doing my best not to sing. I really was. But Garen, bless his heart, was listening to the music and he began to belt out the words with volume and gusto.
“Grandma, do you know this song?” he asked. “Can you sing it with me? I love this song”.
So what could I do, I had to sing. We finished the song as a duet and Karissa stood shaking her head. “ I can’t believe you are corrupting my son. I was hoping it was the genes that caused it. Now I see it is the environment”.
Garen looked at his mother and said, “Mommy, don’t you like to sing? It’s lots of fun. You should try it.”
Well, now that her son is doing it and he is so cute, perhaps she will just let us sing and enjoy ourselves.
I saw the perfect gift for her for Mother’s day. It was a sweatshirt that had a big music note on it and it said: “Sing and make melody in your heart”. I think Garen would love to give it to her
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