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Sunday, April 21, 2013

Janey Live on Video, singing and talking!

I've had a few people ask if I could post a video of Janey's singing.  I've always had a hard time catching her in a true singing mood, and I've made some attempts that didn't work out.  But this afternoon, she was in the backyard running around and singing eagerly, so I grabbed my camera and started filming.  Hopefully, the link to YouTube will work and Janey can make her debut here!

There are a few things in the video that are very typical of Janey.  One is the pacing around.  I had to follow her back and forth across the back yard to stay somewhere near her.  Janey does this the whole time she is outside, pretty much.  Another is how I prime her for the songs.  I sing the first line or so, and she finishes, if she likes the song and wants to.  She sings lots of songs on her own, but in order to get some sung for the video, it was easier to do the priming!  You will also notice how she completely ignores my direct questions, like asking if she is ready to go inside, and my direct requests, like at the end when I asked her to say goodbye.  This is pretty common!  It's only the last month or so I sometimes get a "yes" answer to yes or no questions, but opened ended questions are just about never answered.

You can also see toward the end that Janey is getting upset, or you might not see that, but she is.  When I asked her to sing "She'll be Coming Round the Mountain", she started singing a bit in her frantic voice, and then she was repeating "Hickory Dickory Dock" over and over.  I could tell she'd had enough, so I ended the video.

Janey probably knows thousands of songs by heart and by tune.  She often makes connections between songs based on lyrics or on melody, or tone.  I wish I could think of the name of the song, but I played something in the car a few weeks ago, and when Janey wanted it repeated, she said "I want that Grinch song"  The voice of the singer and the general tone of the song were very similar to "You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch", although the song didn't have the same melody or words at all.  She has started adding her own touch a little to songs, like giving them an operatic style finish.  She isn't at her best in this video, due to mostly being concentrated on running around, but I wanted to show how her talking and singing worked a bit, and how she moves.  I hope it's helpful or at least interesting to you all!


Sophie's Trains said...

She is awesome :) it almost felt like meeting her in the park. I see a lot of mannerisms and gestures which are so like Sophie's. especially how she moves her hands. And the running. My husband watched it too and we both loved meeting Janey. It's amazing she likes to sing and knows so many songs.

Sabrina Steyling said...

I really enjoyed watching this video of Janey! I could tell toward the end what you meant about her getting upset, the way she was almost screaming. But other than that, I have to say, she's got a sweet voice - and it wasn't very long into the video that she was making ME tired just watching her do all that back and forth, prancing around the yard! Whew! Thanks for posting this.

Bethany said...

Thank you for sharing Janey with me! I see lots of similarities with Braden - he's a pacer/runner as well. Always in motion with pacing or spinning. And the love of music? It must tickle their brains. Music has always been a way to connect with Braden. Such a huge part of his life. Thank you for a small peek into your life with your daughter. And know, you are not alone.

mknecht24 said...

O. M. G. That is Lindsey's twin except for the talking. It was eerie for me to watch Janey running around. Every single movement and facial expression is identical to Lindsey. I am going to try to video her to show you. I loved listening to Janey sing (plus I'm a huge Beatles fan!). Wanting to hear Lindsey's voice is the thing I wish for the most. Janey is such a sweet girl.