Earlier this week, Cyndi Lee posted a video to Facebook featuring her husband, Bronkar Lee, beatboxing for their 19-month-old son, Elijah. In just four days, the video has amassed more than 7,000 views, and if you’re wondering why, you haven’t watched it yet.
Speaking to ABC News, Bronkar Lee explained that he and his wife, both professional musicians, have been using music to communicate with Elijah since he was born.
Here’s baby Elijah’s first beatboxing session, from January 2016:
“Our view is that music is just simply another language. That’s all it is,” Lee said. “That moment is happening all the time at our house.”
“I remember the first time we incorporated him into a song we tied little bells around his ankles and he was in a bouncy seat clicking his legs along to the music,” Cyndi Lee, a professional songwriter, told ABC. “He was maybe 3 months, clicking along to the rhythm.”
“He gets it 100 percent. No question about it,” Bronkar added. “He sings with us on key. He understands. He’s cultivating his motor skills. He’s very aware of what’s happening.”
The viral beatboxing video is just a glimpse into the daily life of the Lee family, who live in Atlanta, Georgia. Bronkar Lee, who has taught beatboxing professionally overseas, told ABC that music has even become a part of little Elijah’s sleep routine.
“When Elijah was tiny and he had a hard time relaxing and settling down, I would take him in my arms and go into our studio and I’d make live beats and music with percussion, guitars, flute, whatever, and I’d make these beats and bounce him in my arms and he’d fall asleep with full-on music,” he said. “He’s always playing music, we’re always singing together. This is an everyday event in our house.”
(H/T: ABC News)