“What do you do with a Drunken Grandad Mummy?” is never an easy question to answer.
And it was at this point I realised why Raffie’s baby group stuck to “What do you do with a bouncing baby” rather than ‘drunken sailor’ during song time when he was just a tiny tot.
But despite the difficult questions, by going rogue and returning to the original lyrics, Raffie is not only a new found fan of the Fisherman’s Friends but is also very intrigued by the concept of how having too much to drink can make you fall over.
Continuing with the maritime theme, the theme song for Swashbuckle (as seen on CBeebies) is rather more of a challenge but one that Raffie has risen to admirably, while also inventing a mash up of Fish Alive and Jingle Bells.
While a tiddler, Raffie loved bobbing around in his car seat on long journeys. Now he is desperate to understand their meaning. When Florence and the Machine wrote Dog Days are Over, they may not have realised that one day a small boy called Raffie would rename it as the Clapping Song.
Now the music Daddy once enjoyed listening to peacefully in the car has been given added value with humming and clapping and a scream of ‘not yet Daddy, I clap now!’ when it’s not quite right.
Raffie has also declared that we can no longer pass a busker without putting some money in the hat, which has made him the friend of every passing musician trying to keep warm with a guitar or a whistle.
Although it’s costing me a fortune, his love of street songs is also developing more appreciation for his recorder, his guitar, and of course, his maracas.
Singing is helping him find out about concepts you’re perhaps never too young too learn, such as the consequences of piracy and drunkenness. And whatever it sounds like, anything which helps him explore new ideas while having fun shaking his maracas, is music to my ears.