I recorded a typical bedtime with Layla because I want her to see this 15 years from now when she's taking the world by storm. Nobody, including Layla, knows what she'll be doing at that age, but I want her to have a memory on video to remind her of these days when we share bedtime songs every evening together. When she was 2 years old she wasn't aware enough to understand my songs. When she is 20 I don't think she'll be excited for me to hang out in her room for 30 minutes at night singing. However, I take full advantage of these special opportunities to fully enjoy these moments.
It's harder to sing a cappella, pianissimo than you think. My vocal talent is not the highlight of our time together. Even so, she thinks I sing better than her music teacher. That's all the encouragement I need to put myself on Youtube. She does a lot of explaining and singing of her own before I give it my attempt.
The video is for Layla's benefit to refer back to as she gets older. It's also for my benefit so I can see her as my beautiful five-year-old princess as she matures into my beautiful (whatever age) princess. She will change, but my memories of her may be stuck in this kindergarten age for many years to come because she's so amazingly sweet and innocent. I can't keep her this age forever, but that's one of the many benefits of modern technology.
I'm excited for Layla's progress in singing her part of the Butterfly Fly Away duet. Our harmonizing is terrible because I haven't sang a two-part duet in years, but we are working on it every night. Maybe we could use some lessons from my nephew, Silas?
See you soon!