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Mo and I were hanging out together this morning and I showed him a cool item on Pinterest of “British Birds Made of Lego.”

He blurted out a little verse and tune:  “Little birdie sings a song, little birdie goes dong-dong.”

He was a little embarrassed about it.  But something new came to him and he continued on and we typed his song and sang his little composition into a scratch recording.  I think it is adorable and lots of fun!

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LITTLE BIRDIE
Word and Music by Mo Gleichenhaus (2/3/2013)

Little birdie sings a song
Little birdie goes dong-dong.
Then he goes around and sings:
Won’t you come and pet my wings -
If you let me free to fly
I’ll bring you a blueberry pie.

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Listen to the scratch recording of LITTLE BIRDIE (by Mo Gleichenhaus), here:

https://soundcloud.com/singbookswithemily/little-birdie-by-mo-2013-02-03

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Little Birdie by MPG
LITTLE BIRDIE
Words and Music by Mo Gleichenhaus
Picture assembled by Sing Books with Emily
View or print this page, here:
Little Birdie by MPG 2013
Listen to the scratch recording of LITTLE BIRDIE (by Mo Gleichenhaus), here:

https://soundcloud.com/singbookswithemily/little-birdie-by-mo-2013-02-03

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I just love my son’s little poem and tune.  I love that the little bird is singing even though he’s in a cage and that the bird dreams of flying free.  I love that the bird uses affection to draw the person in, asking for a little pet which the keeper likely wants to give the bird since wanting to do such things is usually why a person has a pet in the first place.  I love how when the bird has drawn his keeper to him, the bird sweetly asks for what the bird really wants and needs – which is to fly free.  But the bird also loves his keeper, so he offers to bring him a reward for granting the request.

I’ve not confirmed this, but I think that this sweet little tune can be sung as a round.

Also, some lovely accompaniment can be written for this.  Without even knowing it, Mo made up some nice little harmonies for the song when he sang it with me on the scratch recording.

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Addendum, May 2013

My friend interviewed me for American Food Roots Online Magazine about my experience with pie growing up in Indiana.

I sing Mo’s Song “Little Birdie” (in which the little birdie offers blueberry pie) at the end of the 2 min. video:

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The video, here:
https://vimeo.com/64826360

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Link to the article
http://www.americanfoodroots.com/50-states/pie-is-a-slice-of-life-in-indiana/

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Addendum 7/9/2013
A Little Birdie in the G-house Camellia Bush

Earlier in June, the kids ran inside to say that there was a nest in one of the Camellia bushes beside the side porch. A day or so later, they ran in to say that there were beautiful robin’s egg blue eggs in the nest. The parents were easy to find. They took turns sitting on the eggs, only leaving them solo in the heat of the day when the sun shone right on the nest inside the bush, but one was always standing guard. If you ever got too close one of the parents would yell at ya to back off!

Over time, we watched the parents tending the eggs and nest and then one day there were little hatchlings in it. Even the kids could not believe that such vulnerable looking critters could survive. All translucent skin, bone, beak and big eyes.

Pretty soon, though, those little hatchlings kept their heads up and their mouths open and mom and dad robin flying like crazy bringing groceries back to feed their hungry chicks who were always always hungry. The chicks started growing feathers and they started filling out. Parents kept up the vigil, perching on the fence right across from the nest because now the chicks were so big there was no more room for mom and dad.

And today, a miracle!

Pictures below show the first little chick to hop out of the nest. I was on my way to my Sing Books job when I saw her. I took her picture then leaned out the window to say “Have a good life little chick!” I told her to not be a stranger and to please take care of herself. I really did fall in love with her and it was an honor to watch her bloom and grow.

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This reminds me of a little tune my son wrote:
LITTLE BIRDIE
Listen to the scratch recording of LITTLE BIRDIE (by Mo Gleichenhaus), here:

https://soundcloud.com/singbookswithemily/little-birdie-by-mo-2013-02-03

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Addendum 7/30/2013

Just the other day, I had the chance to capture a little video of the family of robins (all doing quite well) in our yard.  All three young robins were there and the parents were still working hard getting them food.  In the video, one of the robin parents is picking berries from the bay bush and feeding the berries to the chick.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KkQljQwaiUk

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Related Posts

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LITTLE BIRDIE IN THE G-HAUS CAMELLIA BUSH
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2013/07/11/a-little-birdie-in-the-g-house-camellia-bush/

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BIRDS

For the love of birds!
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/06/25/for-the-birds-a-list-of-singable-picture-books-to-celebrate-our-tuneful-feathered-friends/

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Here’s the full set of those lego birds that inspired Mo (I hope he puts them together),
http://www.thisiscolossal.com/2012/05/british-birds-made-of-lego/

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POETRY SINGABLE POETRY IN COMPILATIONS

An list of  singable poems from compilations of poetry for children
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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POETRY, SINGABLE POETRY IN INDIVIDUALLY ILLUSTRATED SINGABLE PICTURE BOOKS
A list of individually illustrated poems that have been set to music and can be sung
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2012/04/20/poems-individually-illustrated-spb/

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SING-ALONG RESOURCES AND PRINTABLE MATERIALS
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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SINGABLE BOOKSHELF K-O
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/bookshelf-2-k-o/

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PIE
Pie, Pie, Pie! A Celebration of Pie in my Hoosier Family Heritage and in Singable Picture Books
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2013/04/13/pie-pie-pie-a-celebration-of-pie-in-my-hoosier-family-heritage-and-in-singable-picture-books/

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ROUNDS, CANONS & CATCHES: Singable Picture Books That Can Be Sung in the Round
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2013/03/03/rounds-singable-picture-books-that-can-be-sung-in-the-round/


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