A couple of weeks ago I got the chance to sit down with one of the most prominent and active bilingual educators, singer/songwriter of our times, José Luis Orozco. This was the second time I got to speak to him for SpanglishBaby (we featured him during Hispanic Heritage Month last year), but the first time we met in person.
We share the same mission to connect our children to their heritage and culture through language. José Luis does this through the power of music, and has revived some of the most memorable nanas y arrullos (nursery rhymes) from our past. He believes that parents are the driving force behind a child´s bilingual upbringing and that music is one of the most powerful tools in our arsenal.
He pairs up the lyrics from his music with beautiful illustrations by artists such as David Días on bilingual sing-a-long books, published by Scholastic. These song-books are favorites in classrooms throughout the country, as can also be found in many Latino/bi cultural households.
José Luis Orozco gave us a treat by performing the song Rin, Rin, Rin, Do, Re, Mi, exclusively for you. My daughter, Camila, came with me to the recording, but was too shy to get in front of the camera. Instead, she was making as much noise as possible behind me. Please excuse the occasional noise over the song. It´s just my girl´s way of being presente.
Special thanks goes to my husband for editing this video so beautifully.
You will get a chance to win the song-book featured on the video, plus the CD during our Holiday Giveaway Extravaganza next week. Stay tuned!
Did you and your kid(s) like the video? Please leave a comment letting José Luis Orozo know. Feedback feels delicioso.