Music Trekking: Down By the Ocean

Wild and Free

Are you lucky enough to go on vacation to the seashore this summer? If you have you’ve probably noticed some wonderful creatures that live in and around the seas like crabs, starfish, conch shells, jellyfish, or maybe even a dolphin jumping through the waves.

Have you ever thought about how important it is to keep the oceans clean so all these amazing creatures can be a part of our lives? That was exactly what I was thinking when I wrote this song – Wild And Free. My family and I had just traveled to Florida and visited a sanctuary for manatees. This unique place had an area where you could walk down a flight of stairs and observe inside the manatees swimming lagoon. You could see them up close and personal, face-to-hairy face! The staff at the sanctuary talked to us about dangers to manatees in the wild and what people could do to learn more about them and to protect them. I was inspired and I wrote this song. Because so many different people also fall in love with dolphins and whales – I gave them their own verses, too!

You might have noticed that the tune to this song is another song about an ocean – “My Bonnie Lies Over The Ocean.” Because I’m a folksinger, I often like to recycle classic melodies from folksongs and add my own words. If you want to try your hand at writing songs, you can do the same thing. Take any tune you recognize, pick a subject for the song and make up your own verses. Write about your friends, your family, or maybe even a visit to the ocean.

Who knows what good things your songs might inspire!


Award-winning children’s performer, DARIA (Daria Marmaluk-Hajioannou) has created 7 cd’s that have won national honors. She has the most awesome job of traveling the world to sing for kids and peace. Her “world music for kids” website,, was given a 2009 Parents Choice Award for its musical and cultural content.  She has also created a multicultural kids video site as well as My Favorite Multicultural Books.

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