Back when I was growing up in Bohol, there was a family of musicians and performers who would visit our house during the Christmas season. As a family, they would play musical instruments and sing Christmas carols. The younger ones would dance to the song being performed. I think there were about 7 members in the family including the parents.
The world music scene has had its share of families of singers and musicians performing together. Here are just three of them:
- The Osmonds. The Osmond brothers played musical instruments and sang together. They were quite famous in the 70s. One of their hit songs Love Me for a Reason (a cover of a Johnny Bristol song) was also covered by the Irish boy band, Boyzone. This Boyzone cover is the one my generation would be more familiar with 🙂
- The Jacksons. Of course, our memory of families or family members singing or performing together will not be complete without mentioning The Jacksons or The Jackson 5. One of their most memorable songs is I’ll Be There which was also famously covered by Mariah Carey and Trey Lorenz.
- Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers. Our experience of reggae will never be complete without hearing Bob Marley songs. The legendary Bob Marley passed on his musical abilities to his children who begun performing together in 1979. They released over 10 albums together.
There are many others in the music scene today who share the same family names and yes, musical DNA.
I believe that singing and playing music together can help families bond together as well. And there are several musical instruments they can try and explore playing together. It can be as basic as a guitar or a piano or a set of drums and even timpani (try to check it out!).
Now of course, if the family is not musically inclined, there are also other activities that can be done together to help create lasting bonds and build beautiful memories.