This week’s theme for the Unplugged Project was music.
For a long time now, my children have enjoyed playing the “This Music Makes Me Think Of…” game. I invented the game when the children were small. To distract them while driving in the car, sometimes we would listen to music and when that grew old and they started fussing, the “This Music Makes Me Think Of … ” game was born.
The way it works is that you have to come up with an image that the music creates in your mind. For example, I might say “This music makes me think of fish swimming in the ocean. Do you hear the waves? And the movement of their fins? Etc.”
It has become such a routine, that now whenever we have classical or other instrumental music playing, one of my children always takes the initiative and starts by saying: “This music makes me think of birds in the sky looking for their nests.” Then the other child will say: “Well, it makes me think of a car driving along a twisty road,” and so on.
I had thought that this week, it might be fun to ask the kids to draw what they heard in the music, but too much playing with friends intervened, so we didn’t get to the drawing part. However during dinner this evening, we were listening to my favorite Sunday night public radio broadcast of Hearts of Space (New-Age sort of music for those who are unfamiliar with the show) and my daughter actually began the game (unprompted by me).
This time I tried to be a bit less free-form (anybody says what they want, when they want) and tried to steer it in a more “scientific” direction to see what we all would come up with. Since it is very hard to not think of the first image presented when coming up with one’s own, I decided to ask us all to visualize our own image before the first person spoke. This way we would see what each person’s genuine, uncontaminated, musical first-impressions were!
Here are the results for three different musical pieces:
5 year-old: “A merry-go-round horse.”
7 year-old: “Angels dancing.”
Me: “A toystore.”
5 year-old: “Someone getting lost and unicorns coming out of the clouds to find them.”
7 year-old: “Fairies trying to get the flowers to grow.”
Me: “A sailboat gliding on very still water through the mist surrounded by dolphins leaping out of the water.”
(The most interesting – note the similarity between my 5 year-old son’s image and my own…wow!)
5 year-old: “The sun is rising and a river flows under it.”
7 year-old: “An airplane flying through the sky on a bright blue day with the sun shining.”
Me: “The sun rising on a deserted beach with waves rolling in.”
Have you ever tried this with your kids? It is a fun game that can be played anywhere that you hear music, and the results can be quite interesting!
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Photo thanks to morguefile.com and photographer poxy (photo taken in Iceland)