Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Name That Tune

When we at MM were growing up, records were on their way out, CDs were being developed, and for a long time we recorded our songs on cassettes.  During the heyday of cassettes, we thought we had the ultimate in music variety!  And while (sadly) our kids will never know the magic of the "mix tape", they have access to more music than we ever thought possible with today's streaming services.

Audio cassette tapes
Be kind, please rewind.

With so much music in our house, we find ourselves having impromptu dance parties with Justin Timberlake in the kitchen or mellowing out with some Bach at bath time. It has such a big impact on our family's mood and provides a lot of amazing bonding moments.

John Denver put it best:
Music does bring people together. It allows us to experience the same emotions. People everywhere are the same in heart and spirit. No matter what language we speak, what color we are, the form of our politics or the expression of our love and our faith, music proves: We are the same.
Dr. Suttie at Berkeley lists 4 amazing ways music strengthens social bonds:
  1. Music increases contact, coordination, and cooperation with other
  2. Music gives us an oxytocin boost
  3. Music strengthens our ”theory of mind” and empathy 
  4. Music increases cultural cohesion 

Since music is connecting us so wonderfully, let's extend it's effect right up to the end of the day!

So, Moonlighters...are you ready to rock?!?

For tonight's activity we're going to play "Name That Tune!"  This is a simple game that can be a lot of fun.  The object is to pick a song and then hum or whistle the song to your child.  The child then tries to guess the song.  Then you switch and continue taking turns being the guesser.

This has always been a favorite in our house and always gets some good laughs!  :-)

Tonight we have a very special treat for you because the Moonlit Minds crew has hummed, whistled, and "scatted" a few examples for you. 

See if you can Name That Tune!

One.  More.  Song!


Remember, as with all of our activities, it's about connecting and helping children ease into sleep time.  If your kids are having trouble calming down, try to pick slower, more relaxing songs.

James Hetfield live in London 2008-09-15 2
Metallica counts as relaxing, right?
As always, we'd love to hear from you.  Send us some of your hums or whistles.  Comment below or message us on Twitter or Facebook!

Have a musical night and... mind the nap!


  1. Darth Vader's Theme
  2. London Bridges
  3. Twinkle Twinkle Little Star / Ba Ba Black Sheep / The ABCs
  4. Star Spangled Banner
  5. The Twist
  6. Hello (Adele)
  7. Yellow Submarine
  8. Puff the Magic Dragon

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