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The Counting Song (Up to Twenty) by Johnny Only 2015
My idea was to do a short simple finger-play with music.
I was thinking of the “Whoops Johnny” fingerplay, but it just wasn’t coming together. Too short.
So I thought I would combine the finger-play with counting, but that didn’t come together either.
Then I decided on counting fingers and toes – that seemed more interesting. I was going to count up to ten twice.
That idea was progressing nicely until I met up with a friend who was talking about how her 2 and half year old could already count up to thirteen.
Clearly I had to up the ante. So, I set my sights on twenty. I came up with a nice bit, but half of the melody was too much like the opera and the other half was too much like a rap.
Contrary to popular belief, I need a bit more practice before I am any threat to Eminem.
Enter my daughter, Ashlen. She had a few choice words that I felt were a bit harsh. Double Yikes!!
Time for a total re-do. Yikes!
Phew! It sounds good! Even Ashlen likes the song.
Now for the video. I was just going to sit in front of the camera and count my fingers and toes. I thought that would work pretty nice…
Enter my daughter, Ashlen. She had a few choice words that I felt were a bit harsh. Triple Yikes!!
The good news is that Ashlen grabbed the Camcorder and started ordering me around. She tossed me the dog and even told me to sing into a mic that was not plugged in. Who does that anymore?
Then Ashlen told me to hold the camera while she danced around. She did everything with only one take. She made me do about 20 takes.
Next, I spent the next three days in front of the computer mixing video while she did selfies and snapchats with her friends….
We ended up with the song and video above.
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