Saturday, September 22nd, 2007
David Delivers Downright Dandy Daddy Ditties
Here are two amazing songs written and arranged by father David Crawford posted on Youtube. Additional information about David is sprinkled here from an e-mail interview.
Pachelbel Bedtime is a funny, surprising and poignant song that was written in 20 minutes while David listened to his daughters and their mom go through their bath time and bedtime ritual. In many ways, Pachelbel Bedtime is an anthem for fatherhood. It is set to Johann Pachelbel’s Canon in D Major, circa 1680.
Sneetches on the Beaches is a song written for, and performed on, an electronic Barbie Jam with Me guitar and keyboard, with his daughter on guitar. It is set to the preset chords programmed into the Barbie guitar beginning at the head of the guitar and moving sequentially up the neck toward the body.
David explains: "Sneetches on the Beaches was just pure ol’ fashioned silliness. Written out of a desire to show my daughter that songs can come from anything, anywhere, and just about anytime, Sneetches is basically a rhyming song I found funny because it is played on a Barbie guitar and I like the thought of sunburned Sneetches. One comment left on the Youtube was ‘sunburned Sneetches……mmmmm tastes like chicken.’"
About the Dad
David Crawford and his wife Amy are the parents of 5- and 9-year-old girls. In his pre-dad days he taught band for 7.5 years at a middle school in Rocky Face, Georgia. A year after his first child was born he became a computer teacher, then later a media specialist at the school, so he could spend more time with his family.
David has a degree in music education and has played with several bands, and currently performs with Spatial Effects (MySpace page), a group composed of songwriters who perform "slightly bent" bluegrass. He has written several other songs, including two additional parent ditties he’ll post on Youtube within a month. If you’re in the Rocky Face area, stop by the Walker County Civic Center this week to see a performance he co-wrote, Fat Shirley’s: A Trailer Park Opera.
"The quips and quotes, wit and wisdom, comments and encouragement [posted by Youtube users] have
humbled and inspired me. I don’t know where all this may lead, but even
if it ended tomorrow the journey would have been worth it." -David
Does it end here? Pachelbel Bedtime deserves to be professionally recorded by him or a popular children’s music performer.
[Hat tip credit to Working Dad Paul Nyhan for the video link]