Under the Hat: Let Your Imagination Fly Through That old Art of Reading
Love to Read
Over the last few years, we’ve spent a lot of time touring around the US and Latin America. No matter where we go, we see kids playing video games and watching lots of television. Whatever happened to reading?! It’s not just kids, of course. All of us are spending more time in front of screens than we used to.
The songs I wrote for my new Mister G album, The Bossy E, are meant to reconnect kids with their innate love of learning and being creative. All of us love being transported by a great story. When I was a kid I used to stay up past bedtime reading under the covers with a flashlight. Does that happen these days? I certainly hope so.
Maybe I’m old-fashioned, but I think it’s a fundamentally different experience to read a book (and use your imagination to envision the characters), versus watching a movie (where everything is explained for you).
This month’s song says,
So many things that I love to do
From swimming in the ocean to going to the zoo
When it comes to lunch I love mac and cheese
But most of all I love to read
It’s true! Every since I learned to read, I love the fact that I can sit quietly and learn about anything on my own. There aren’t that many things in life that are simultaneously really good for you and lots of fun, but reading books is definitely one of them. On that note, I hope you enjoy our new video for the song “Love to Read.”
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Latin GRAMMY nominated artist, Mister G (Ben Gundersheimer) has been dubbed a “bilingual, kid’s rock star” by The Washington Post, and “irresistible” by People Magazine. He tours throughout the USA and Latin America performing in English and Spanish. An Amherst College graduate who spent 20 years as a singer/songwriter/producer in the grown-up music world prior to earning a Masters in Elementary Education at Smith College, Mister G is one of the leading figures in the world of children’s music. The Bossy E, his 2014 release, is a celebration of creativity and music. – www.mistergsongs.com