Father’s Day is a wonderful time to reflect and celebrate the men in our lives. I have a wonderful father. He is the kindest man I know. He would give you the shirt off his back and insist you take his shoes too. He is also very quirky which makes many of the things he does very memorable.
I remember when he would wake me up for school. He would always count down 3, 2, 1 and then turn on the lights. I would always squeeze me eyes tight on 1 to block the light, hoping to lay there for at least one more minute.
Every week we would have family home evening. Our non-musical family would take turns singing solos from the hearth of the fireplace. Sometimes we would use a lamp that moved up and down as a microphone. Every week my dad would sing the same song, How Firm a Foundation. He would proudly proclaim…
“ Fear not, I am with thee; oh, be not dismayed,
For I am thy God and will still give thee aid.
I’ll strengthen thee, help thee, and cause thee to stand,
Upheld by my righteous, upheld by my righteous,
Upheld by my righteous, omnipotent hand.
At these same family home evenings he would edit and show us Disney movie montages and relate them to gospel principles. A line from Pinocchio became one of our 10 family mottoes. It goes something like this. “Always let your conscience be your guide. Found in Pinocchio and Jiminy Cricket says it.” My mom would usually say this one and she would tilt her head from side to side as she joyfully repeated the motto.
Jiminy Cricket has always held a special place in our families heart. We used this special phrase and song from Pinocchio to produce a family music video for my dad. My siblings and I all lived in different cities at the time, so we took video and submitted them to my brother-in-law. He compiled the video. Here are a few tips to get you started.
How to make a family music video.
- Pick a song- Try to find one with a connection to the recipient and/or meaningful lyrics. Make sure everyone is singing to the same version of the song. We sent a YouTube link to sing to. You could also purchase the song which will help with producing the video if you have young ones who cannot sing all the words correctly.
- Set a deadline- Have the editor pick a deadline. This should be well before the due date to allow the editor to edit and for late entries, there are bound to be some.
- Have bribes ready- Their are going to be some that do not share your enthusiasm in creating an amazing family heirloom, bribes work! This could be desserts, play-dates, extra screen time, gum, think outside the box. Trust me the end product is worth it!
- Add props- Find inspiration from the real music video, if possible. Or is there anything that goes with the lyrics or theme of the song? Props add to the fun and memories. These typically help the kids participate.
- Spread it out- Record over a period of time. Pair kids off in groups or as individuals. Try to keep it fun and have patience.
- Record phrases- Chose specific phrases for people to record. You do not have to record the whole song each time.
- Most of all have fun and remember you are creating a memory not a VMA. Do not expect perfection!
Here is our Give a Little Whistle family music video we created for my dad. We love to watch it together. It is a cherished treasure. Subscribe to my YouTube channel here to see other examples and ideas from Free to Expereince. (Remember I said we are not musically talented.)