All Together Singing in the Kitchen: Creative Ways to Make and Listen to Music as a Family
Music is not only fun, but it’s also the foolproof way to family harmony and connection—it can soothe a crying baby, engage an active toddler, entertain during long car rides, and help everyone get through daily chores.
In All Together Singing in the Kitchen you’ll find all the tools you need for family music making—you don’t need to know a thing about music to get started. With over thirty songs (with lyrics, chords, and audio recordings) to get you singing, musical games to get you dancing, and tips on playing instruments to get you grooving, this book will help you make music a larger part of your family’s life, from playtime to bedtime.
Making music with any group of people is one of the best and surest ways to forge deep emotional connections. Making music with the members of your family practically guarantees a lifetime of distinct, memorable, warm moments of togetherness.
“The Nields show you how to weave music into your children’s lives with glitter and grace. This wonderful go-to book will help real people create not just musical opportunities, but a musical home.”
— Dar Williams
“Thank you to The Nields for gathering all of the ideas, hopes, stories, and songs that people love to share with each other and for putting them into this one generous, limitless, and inspiring book.”
— Dan Zanes, from the foreword
“One part music and two parts fun. I recommend this book to families, teachers, babysitters, and daycare providers to encourage children to be creative and to find joy in creating music together.”
– Sacramento Book Review
“All Together Singing in the Kitchen is more than just helpful tips about singing together; it is an invitation to be fearless and sing our hearts out. Whether we’re parents, teachers, caregivers, or just a-traveling through this crazy world on our own, connecting with each other through music gives us those sweet moments of joy that we long for. Here is a collection of inspirational stories and great advice from fellow travelers on that musical connection highway.”
— Annie Patterson and Peter Blood, editors of Rise Up Singing
About the Authors
Nerissa and Katryna Nields are national touring musicians and sisters, a part of the legendary band The Nields who toured North America throughout the nineties and into this millennium. As a duo, they were a part of Lilith Fair, and have shared the stage with Pete Seeger, Arlo Guthrie, Natalie Merchant, Suzanne Vega, Sarah McLaughlin, Dar Williams, the Indigo Girls, James Taylor, Joan Baez, the Band, 10,000 Maniacs, Billy Bragg, Dan Zanes, and countless others. With seventeen albums in 24 years, they remain prolific. Now that they are parents to young children, they have expanded their repertoire to include the youngest in the folk festival crowds. They have released two family albums, All Together Singing in the Kitchen and Rock All Day/Rock All Night, and a family music DVD titled Organic Farm