This is the Year of the Rooster! Cock- a-doodle!
The Year of Rooster starts tomorrow – 28th January 2017!
The Rooster is one of the 12 animals which appear in the Chinese Zodiac. It ranks tenth amongst the Chinese zodiac animals. Rooster is also translated into English as Cock or Chicken. Rooster is the only bird included in the Chinese zodiac. However, the Chinese term is more generic, as it applies to barnyard fowl of either sex.
In Chinese culture, Rooster represents fidelity and punctuality. People born in the year of the Rooster are beautiful, kind-hearted, hard-working, courageous, independent, humorous and honest. They like to keep home neat and organized. On the other hand, they might be arrogant, self-aggrandizing, persuasive to others and wild.
How about some Rooster-related music?
Here is an interesting story about a song called “Rooster” by the band Alice in Chains. It’s written about Jerry Cantrell’s veteran father’s experience in the Vietnam War. Why did Jerry name the song Rooster? Apparently this was his father’s nickname as “he was a cocky little kid, and his hair used to stick up on top of his head like a rooster’s comb.”
What Jerry had to say – “I certainly had resentments,” Cantrell noted, “as any young person does in a situation where a parent isn’t around or a family is split. But on Rooster, I was trying to think about his side of it – what he might have gone through. To be honest, I didn’t really sit down intending to do any of that; it just kinda came out. But that’s the great thing about music – sometimes it can reach deeper than you ever would in a conversation with anybody. It’s more of a forum to dig deeper.”
Music can affect us in many different ways. For Jerry and his father it enabled them to share something meaningful, to mend their relationship from a war that stopped his father from being able to live a normal life. This song enabled them to connect.
What other rooster-themed songs can you think of? Please tell us below in the comments.
Here is a shortlist of some that we sing in our Kindermusik classes, to connect our children with their parents:
The children love singing these songs while moving like the named animals, making animal sounds, playing musical games and more. The parents also love the space to play like a kid with their children and bond with their little ones.
My Musical Adventure has nurtured musical adventurers of all ages for over 20 years – babies, toddlers, preschoolers, school students, adults and retirees. At My Musical Adventure, we believe everyone is born musical. We are passionate about bringing a lifelong love of music to each student and their families, promoting the sharing of music and achievements with those we love, providing a safe environment where each student is confident that they have accomplished in their own right and they are encouraged in every step on their adventure. Music is for EVERYONE.