To mix things up these evening, I was singing some spirituals. Your basic “Wade in the Water”. Your hopeful “No More Peck o’ Corn”. Your melancholy “Poor Children Suffer Here.” During that last song, Anna was not impressed. She wailed and cried. Which, really, is kind of fitting. It is a sad song.
Anyway, since she was clearly not enjoying my spiritual medley, I switched to “Cockles and Mussels.” Immediately, a grin spread across her face and she cooed and laughed.
Sad Negro spiritual? No.
Sad Irish song? Most definitely yes.
She’s three months old and is already developing firm opinions on her folk music.