If your parents were like mine, they probably taught you certain values to help you live your life. For example, my parents always told me, especially if I was feeling sad, “You can enjoy the cup either half full or half empty,“ and “Every cloud has a silver lining.”
Whenever I was upset about life, my father would also tell me, “Life is what you make it. It is not the outside that is the problem but what you make the outside to be.” These words still echo in my mind whenever I am faced with challenges.
I learned many new principles to help guide my life after I began to practice the Transcendental Meditation technique as taught by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. In his lectures, Maharishi referred to numerous profound principles—including “Peace begins within”, “Go for the highest”, “What you see you become”, ‘Life is here to enjoy”, “Truth alone triumphs” and many more.
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I have put many of these valuable sayings to music in my new CD You’re a Hero. These words of wisdom have guided me many times through struggles that have appeared in my life. They are basic universal truths that every child should grow up learning.
The songs and the nursery rhymes I heard growing up were not always so uplifting.
Jack and Jill went up the hill
To fetch a pail of water.
Jack fell down and broke his crown,
And Jill came tumbling after.
The itsy bitsy spider went up the water spout
Down came the rain and washed the spider out
Out came the sun and dried up all the rain
And the itsy bitsy spider went up the spout again.
I would not be surprised if some children had nightmares after hearing the words from these two popular nursery rhyme songs.I am sure there are many children’s songs that are magical and inspiring such as the most famous one of all time—“Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star”.
Many children have a hard time settling down at night. I played You’re a Hero to my five- year-old great-niece who commented, “These songs would be good to play before going to bed.” I was completely surprised and delighted that she recognized and responded to the soothing nature of the songs.
Children learn words easily especially with a good catchy melody. Therefore, it is ideal that the songs children learn also have wisdom that they can draw upon for the rest of their lives.
One of the songs on my CD is “You’re a Hero”. The idea for this song was simply that being kind and respectful to others, enjoying life and being happy, are in and of themselves heroic acts worthy of admiration.
Even though this CD is geared for children, all ages will find meaning in the songs. The melodies are simple and catchy, yet more sophisticated than a simple nursery rhyme put to music.
I hope you and your family will be soothed and find meaning through the timeless principles expressed musically in these songs.
If you would like to sample the album or read a review by children’s author Amy Hatkoff please click the image below