My daughter loves the song, Itsy Bitsy Spider. She knows this song well. We all do, yes? My daughter was first exposed to Itsy Bitsy when she was 2 months old. It was a song the swimming instructor, Liz, sang when we went swimming at the YMCA. The parents sang the song while they held their child and walked around the edges of the pool, in the water, to help learn the beginnings of water safety. When Mishy and I took a break from the lessons and then returned with us alone in the pool, Mishy instantly smiled when I sang to her, Itsy Bitsy Spider, as she now held onto the edges of the pool.

Itsy Bitsy Sipder was one of the first songs Mishy sang by herself and she sings it proudly. She sings a few songs proudly, including- Allouette – a French Canadian folk song about a bird getting it’s feathers plucked. (I didn’t really listen to the words of the song until after we sang it together and by then, it became embedded in her head.) I do prefer the relatively positive message of Itsy Bitsy Spider – determination, skill, and necessity of time sometimes, and the power of practice. While she doesn’t likes to me sing now – “Momma, don’t sing!” she loves to sit in my lap and have me wrap my arms around her. That is how we sat while watching the newly launched video of “Itsy.”

This video is produced by Groove Kid Nation – the brainchild of Santa Monica resident and father, Rodney Lee. He will be having a CD launch party and benefit this Sunday, March 13th at 4PM in Santa Monica at Capoeira Basoura. The CD sales benefit CARE and the concert benefits the soon to be YWCA Preschool. The video features simple graphics of a female spider walking up a water pipe and then falling out of the pipe, the sun comes out, dries the rain, and Itsy goes up the spout again. What was fun for Mishy was the spider’s solo on the piano. It opened up the conversation to how many legs does Itsy have – eight and the difference between arachnids and insect. Most insects have 6 legs. Also, how come in this video she plays “bad piano” and that’s a “good” thing? We talked about the use of colloquial terms. A cute detail in this video if you’re not a fly? The fly band caught in the spider’s web.


“Itsy” video by Groove Kid Nation posted on YouTube:

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Groove Kid Nation
CD Release Party

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The Groovy Way to Learn About Musical Instruments

Sunday, March 13 at 4 pm
(Doors open at 3:30pm)

Capoeira Besouro Studio
2901 Ocean Park Ave. #103
Santa Monica, CA 90405

1 FREE CD with minimum suggested donation of $25/family
$15/single person including CD
Additional CDs available for $15 each.

100% of proceeds benefit
The YWCA Family Cooperative Preschool
at the YWCA Santa Monica/Westside

Featuring: Rodney Lee on keyboards, Fred Clark on guitar, Katisse Buckingham on sax and flute, Andre Berry on Bass, Satnam Ramgotra on percussion, and Jeff Robinson on vocals.