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Kids Songs? Why Can Alzheimers Victims Remember Kids Songs?
The songs you choose for your kids to hear will have much more impact on their lives than you realize.

     She could sing every kids song on the recording she had listened to 60 years ago.

     When doctors explain differences between short and long term memory, what becomes clear is that our abilities as children were special. Our brains were wired differently, and our perception was instinctive. We were powerful learning machines.

     She not only remembered the lyrics to every kids song, but the melody was precisely imprinted as well, and she knew it all by heart - all the minor details, every dynamic and stylistic change. But she could not remember what she had for lunch.

     There's something truly amazing about long term memory - being able to recall distinct events from one's youth with clarity. As we age, we lose many of these old recollections, but some remain with a vividness that is astonishing. And for many individuals, this long term memory is imprinted in ways that make it more durable than the short term memory of daily events in the present.

     And after each kids song ended, her memory was so good that she could announce the next one, singing each in the order it appeared on the recording through all 16 songs. Yet she was unable to recognize her own daughter.

     This poor woman's story has a powerful message that those of us who write for children must acknowledge. It is clear that kids' minds are special. That kids are empowered in ways that adults are not. Young children far surpass their parents in the ability to learn new languages, melodies, and other audio stimuli.

     If we recognize these unique abilities of young minds, as creators of music and songs for kids, we take on some special responsibilities. We must make an effort to never underestimate the intelligence of the child. It is our duty, when creating kids songs to implant smart ideas, and to encourage discovery outside the box. Those littlle ears are taking it in and learning it cold. Perhaps 60 years or more later, they will still remember what we piped in when they were young.

     So yes, it's kids songs. And these kids songs are more important than you realize. Rattling around in our brains are all those unique memories associated with melodies, implanted at a time when we were better able to handle cognitive stimuli. And when over time, we forget everything else, we'll probably still be singing some kids songs. We want them to be worth remembering.

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These are links to sites with lots of traditional music. This is a fantastic resource if you're looking for a classic kids song, or you need the lyrics or melody to a well known song:

http://www.dataflo.net/~mpurintun/KidsSongs.htm
huge list of classic kids and contemporary songs w/ midi, tab, lyrics

http://www.kididdles.com/mouseum/index.html
has huge free listings of classic song lyrics, some with music

http://dragon.sleepdeprived.ca/songbook/songbook_index.htm
very impressive collection of trad song lyrics/campfire songs

http://www.niehs.nih.gov/kids/musicchild.htm
gov site with lots of classics w/ midi
http://www.niehs.nih.gov/kids/nametune1.htm
Same site, but this is a kid's song game - name the tune

http://www.soundpiper.com/mln/midi.htm
huge list of sites with MIDI and digital audio

http://www.musiclegacy.com/kids%27bag.htm
lots of traditional lyrics w/ midi

http://www.laurasmidiheaven.com/Kids.shtml
lots of midi classics

http://www.veeceet.com/kidzsing/index.html
midi classics

http://pbskids.org/rogers/songlist/
Mr. Roger's song lyrics, music

http://www.geocities.com/Broadway/Stage/7840/select.htm
120 Disney songs, lyrics and midi

http://www.barbneal.com/wav.asp
classic tv themes as wav files

http://www.danmansmusic.com/childrens/
A huge collection, text only

http://xenia.media.mit.edu/~kristin/songbook/ClassicKids.html
classic lyrics w/ pdf

http://judyanddavid.com/Songbook/Songbookcover.html
classics lyrics

http://www.worldkids.net/entertainment/music/lyrics/kidsongs/lyrics.htm
classic lyrics

http://www.esl-lounge.com/children-songs.shtml
lyrics to classic and modern

http://www.bussongs.com/index.php
lyrics to bus songs

http://www.geocities.com/Heartland/Acres/9058/gs/sig/rounds.html#cg
rounds and multipart, lyrics only

songs of the world:

http://www.mamalisa.com/world/
lyrics and music

http://www.gigglepotz.com/f_songs.htm
aussie and american songs, midi

http://www.geocities.com/ico_sg/indicedecanciones.html
spanish midi

http://www.night.net/christmas/songs12.html-ssi
christmas songs w/ midi


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