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Last Song, a Singable Picture Book, and a New Song Written and Recorded by Emily (who got by with a little help from her friends!)

Posted on: February 23, 2011

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Last Song (A Lullaby)
Poem by James Guthrie
Music by Emily Everson Gleichenhaus and Paul Raiman
Illustrated by Eric Rohmann
Sing-Along with Emily:

http://soundcloud.com/singbookswithemily/last-song

A little spark of magic happened for me this week.  Tuckahoe Elementary had its annual Book Fair and I found a small but beautiful picture book that called itself “A Lullaby.”  The book didn’t come with music, though, and no tune emerged from an internet search either.

Reading through the lovely poem, however, a tune twinkled in my head.  I wrote the notes on some staff paper and sang it into a recorder (not knowing even the time signature) and sent it off the wonderful Paul Raimon (www.myrehearsalpianist.com) who wrote a lovely music box accompaniment for it.

This past Monday, we had our first recording session for the CD to accompany “Sing Books With Emily, the Cabaret,” and while we were at it, we recorded the song:

http://soundcloud.com/singbookswithemily/last-song

With Emily on vocals, Judy Simmons directed and Jeff Tucker (www.artofmusicstudios.com) sound engineered the track. The accompaniment is composed and played by Paul Raimon (www.myrehearsalpianist.com).

The song and Singable Picture Books are settings of a “spare ode to the heavens” written by James Guthrie (1874-1952).  Sadly, precious little seems to be available online about the life and times of Mr. Guthrie, except that he was a Scottish Poet and that he founded a private publishing company called “Pear Tree Press.”

His verse for “Last Song,” is sprinkled with wonderful words that most of us seldom get the chance to say, much less in rhyme:

Last Song
Poem by James Guthrie

To the sun
Who has shone all day,
To the moon
Who has gone away,
to the milk-white, silk-white, lily-white star,
A fond goodnight
Wherever you are.

Eric Rohmann, an Chicago illustrator, has set this poem with wonderfully woodsy watercolors in browns, blues, greens, and purples, depicting a family of squirrels enjoying each other and the delights of trees, an open grassy clearing, and the magical night sky.  Read it at bedtime or sing the tune for an extra special moment before sleep.

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Addendum 4/26/2012

I need to try this out sometime, if LAST SONG can be sung in the round.

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A page for the Sing Books with Emily SINGABLE ADVENT CALENDAR

Last Song , a lullaby gift from Emily…

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SBWE Advent Calendar Last Song
Last Song (A Lullaby)
Poem by James Guthrie
Music by Emily Everson Gleichenhaus and Paul Raiman
To view or print this page, click here:
SBWE Advent Calendar Last Song
Sing-Along with Emily:
http://soundcloud.com/singbookswithemily/last-song

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I found LAST SONG poem by James Guthrie) printed, though not illustrated, in:

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Piping Down the Valleys Wild (a Merry Mix of Verse for All Ages)
Poems and Music by Various Artists
Edited by Nancy Larrick
Illustrated by Ellen Raskin
Above is cover art for the 1968 Delacourt Press First Printing

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Piping Down the Valleys Wild (a Merry Mix of Verse for All Ages)
Poems and Music by Various Artists
Edited by Nancy Larrick
Illustrated by Ellen Raskin
Above is cover art for the 1999 Yearling Publication

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Addendum, 11/06/2013

This little sing-along book I made is not in any way intended to compete with Eric Rohmann’s gorgeous little book with an illustration of the song.  It was Mr. Rohmann’s book that originally inspired the tune I wrote for singing the song.  Only problem is that there are page turns in the book (which was not created to be sung) for singing with it to be practical, so I made this little book for the purpose of sharing the song, and the sweet words of the poem, in Sing Books visits.

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last song book eleg sbwe cover only
Last Song
Poem by James Guthrie
Music by Emily Gleichenhaus and Paul Raiman
Pictures Assembled by Emily Gleichenhaus
To view or print this book, click here:
last song book eleg sbwe
Sing-Along with Emily:

http://soundcloud.com/singbookswithemily/last-song

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LAST SONG, SBWE SINGABLE ADVENT CALENDAR
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2012/12/04/sbwe-singable-advent-calendar-last-song/

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http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/sing-books-with-emily-the-cabaret/

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http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2012/11/29/the-sing-books-with-emily-singable-advent-calendar/

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http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/04/17/singable-poetry-a-list-of-poems-that-can-be-sung-from-illustrated-compilations-of-poetry-and-singable-picture-books/

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http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2012/04/20/poems-individually-illustrated-spb/

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SONGS BY EMILY
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/songs-by-emily/

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RECORDINGS BY EMILY
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/recordings/

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LAST SONG SINGING PAGES

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LAST SONG, A SINGABLE PICTURE BOOK
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/02/23/last-song-a-singable-picture-book/

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This is the place to find Print Materials Created by Emily, Service Providers, Vendors, Audio and Video to help you SING-ALONG!
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/sing-along-resources-2/

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LULLABIES IN SINGLE SONG SINGABLE PICTURE BOOKS
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2014/03/20/illustrated-lullabies-in-single-singable-picture-books/

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LULLABIES: ILLUSTRATED LULLABIES IN COMPILATIONS
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2014/03/21/illustrated-lullabies-in-compilations/

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