Last year I had the pleasure of helping two of my favorite church mice, Maggie and Samantha, celebrate their birthdays. Not only did I lead music time at both girls’ birthday parties, but I also made them special CDs with some of their favorite songs included.
The girls’ mom has asked for birthday CDs again this year, so I decided to take it one step further. I wrote a personalized birthday song which includes both the name and age of my birthday buddy, in this case, Maggie. I combined my new words and melody with the classic “Happy Birthday” song, which resulted in this:
Happy birthday, Maggie!
You are turning five years old.
Celebrate yourself today,
And all the fun this year will hold.
Birthday parties, presents to open,
Cake and ice cream too.
Friends and family come together
And it’s all because of you!
It’s your very special day
So do what you want to do.
Laugh and smile, have a ball.
And may your birthday wish come true!
Happy birthday to you,
Happy birthday to you.
Happy birthday, dear Maggie,
Happy birthday to you!
This tune starts the CD, letting the birthday girl know that it is her very own special song collection. The rest of the playlist includes both favorites recommended by her parents and other Listen & Learn songs I think she might enjoy. There is also a special birthday goodbye song at the end, which again is personalized. Come back tomorrow to hear it :) Oh, and if you would like a birthday CD (or album download) for your little one, just holler.