I love oldies music. I love listening to oldies music with my children, too. A couple years ago, I started singing “waking up is hard to do” to my older son, since he’s not exactly a morning person. I just sang those words to the tune of Neil Sedaka’s hit song, “Breaking up is Hard to do.”
Little did I know that Neil Sedaka actually wrote lyrics for a new version called “Waking Up is Hard to Do!” I saw a video on youtube of him performing the song, and discovered there is a book that goes along with it. I was so excited, I ordered a copy of the book.
I just got my copy of the book in the mail today, and it is so cute! The pictures are illustrated by Daniel Miyares, and the book shows a picture of an alligator getting up and getting ready for the day. The pictures in the book are so bright and cheery!
I’m reading it to my children by singing the words of the book. If you are not familiar with the original song and don’t know the tune, you can check out Neil Sedaka singing “Waking Up is Hard to Do” in this video. You can listen to the original song, “Breaking Up is Hard to Do,” here. The song is a great way to practice steady beat with children, and is very catchy!
Here’s some more info on Neil Sedaka, if you’d like to use him as a musician of the month:
- he started studying music at 9
- hits include “Calendar Girl”, “Next Door to an Angel”, and “Breaking Up is Hard to Do”, among many others
- grammy award winner for the record “Love Will Keep Us Together”
- Sold more than 60 million records over the course of his career!
- has written more than a thousand songs, and is still writing!
The book is dedicated to Neil Sedaka’s grandchildren, whom he credits with inspiring him with the idea. I think that’s wonderful that he is sharing music together with his grandchildren! It’s such a fun way to enjoy music together with your children, too!