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This post is an addendum to the post
TURN TURN TURN, AN ILLUSTRATED SONG
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2014/02/05/turn-turn-turn-an-illustrated-song/

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Pete Seeger talks to SmithsonianFolkways and discusses how he came to write TURN TURN TURN

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-4wYiShPEyo

Pete Seeger says,

 …we realize this world has to stick together and music is one of the best ways to learn this.  A beautiful melody will leap language barriers or religious barriers or political barriers…Yes a beautiful melody will help tie this world together.  And sometimes extraordinary words will.  I didn’t realize when I improvised a melody to a short poem in the old testament that these few words would be some of the most important words I ever would latch onto…

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Turn! Turn! Turn!
Words From Ecclesiastes (c. 250 BCE, Translated into English in 1607)
Arranged and adapted with Music by Pete Seeger (in 1961)
Illustrated by Wendy Anderson Halperin (in 2003)
May be sung by anyone ( Today)

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TURN TURN TURN, AN ILLUSTRATED SONG
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2014/02/05/turn-turn-turn-an-illustrated-song/

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Pete Seeger talks to Smithsonian Folkways and discusses how he came to write Turn Turn Turn

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PETE SEEGER
The Singable Picture Books of Pete Seeger
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2010/06/13/pete-seeger-the-power-of-song/

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BACK TO SCHOOL

Celebrating a return to school day routine and nurturing the skills of getting along with others and good citizenship
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/08/14/singable-picture-books-for-back-to-school/

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EDUCATIONAL CONTENT

A list of SPBs with fun and sneakily educational content.  The kids won’t even know they’re learning!
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/08/15/singable-picture-books-with-sneaky-educational-content/

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SUNDAY SCHOOL SONGS
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2012/09/18/sunday-school-songs-in-singable-picture-books/

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EARTH’S BEAUTY AND BOUNTY, STEWARDSHIP AND BEING GREEN

Celebrate Earth’s beauty and bounty, being green, and environmental stewardship with this lovely list of Singable Picture Books:
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/01/06/singable-picture-books-with-a-green-theme/

Heart and Soul.  Terri Allen was saturated with Heart and Soul.  That is how she SANG sang and that is what she GAVE to everything she did and everyone she knew.

Terri Allen left this world on August 21, 2014.  I am going to miss her.

Terri supported and encouraged me.  She said nice things and gave me opportunities and pushed me to do more.

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This is Terri and I in 2006 at the DC Cabaret Network Member Showcase at the Arts Club of Washington when we worked together on the board of the DC Cabaret Network.

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Terri Allen’s Online Presence

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TERRI ALLEN’S WEBSITE
Terri Allen Singer & Actor
http://www.terriallen.net/
You can hear her sing at her site and see some beautiful pictures of her

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Terri’s Facebook Page:
https://www.facebook.com/therese.allen.10

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Terri Allen’s Videos for the 2010 United States Census

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2010 United States Census, A New Portrait of America video:
Terri Allen worked with a team to produce this video.  The voice over artist is Terri and she wrote the lyrics of the beautiful song at the end (music by Todd Hahn):

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This one, too: Another 2010 United States Census, A New Portrait of America video:

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Addendum 8/25/2014
Maris, a wise mutual friend of Terri’s and mine, said of these videos, 
“The census videos are so beautiful…and it is a delight to hear Terri’s narrating voice. As always, she believes every word…”
It goes to how authentic Terri was.  Terri was the real deal.  She was never fake or untrue or dishonest.  She was 100% authentic.

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DC Cabaret Network

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Terri and I served together for many years on the board of the DC Cabaret Network.  She became its Executive Director.  She loved the DC Cabaret Network and worked very hard (and succeeded) to create a warm and inviting atmosphere to share and grow in song:
DC Cabaret Network Website:
http://www.dccabaretnetwork.org/

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SongSpeak, the blog of the DC Cabaret Network
http://songspeak.wordpress.com/

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Lovely tribute from DC Cabaret Network to inform its members about Terri’s passing:

In Memory of Terri Allen

The DC Cabaret Network is heartbroken to share the news that Executive Director Terri Allen died unexpectedly on August 21.

Terri’s presence in Washington’s cabaret scene was unique and immeasurable. Her artistry, passion, and dedication encouraged countless singers to step up to a microphone and bare their souls through music. Her love for music and singers had no bounds.

We are working with Terri’s family to organize a memorial service, which will be announced in a second email. The September 15 Open Mic at the Warehouse Theatre will be in her memory.

Terri will be missed greatly as an artist, leader, and friend.

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Terri and I performed in many shows together, including:

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A Magical Evening at Maggie’s, Milestones, June 2013

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The cast of the grown-up Contemporary Cabaret, “RUN AWAY WITH ME”
From Left:  Lonny Smith, Terri Allen, Emily Leatha Everson, Justin Ritchie

July & August 2010

Our blog page for RUN AWAY WITH ME, A CONTEMPORARY CABARET:
http://runawaywithmecabaret.wordpress.com/

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Cast of “Run Away With Me”  at Capital Fringe Festival 2010
(From Left:  Terri Allen, Justin Ritchie, Emily Leatha Everson, Lonny Smith)

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Psycho Cabaret, Capital Fringe Festival 2008
(From Left: George Fulginiti-Shakar, Emily Leatha Everson, Lonny Smith, Terri Allen, Arlene Hill, Judy Simmons, Chris Cochran, Michael Vitaly Sazonov)

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Naked Cabaret II, Capital Fringe Festival 2007
L-R:  Lonny Smith, Emily Gleichenhaus, Terri Allen, George Fulginiti-Shakar

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Naked Cabaret, Capital Fringe Festival, 2006
L-R: George Fulginiti-Shakar, Judy Simmons, Lonny Smith, Emily Gleichenhaus, Steven Cupo, Terri Allen

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I was in my guitar lesson the other day and found myself spewing out all sorts of stream of consciousness and seeming non sequiturs…but this almost always happens.

It probably felt like a waste of the precious little time to my guitar teacher.  Ultimately it is embarrassing, since it is all so personal, but I can’t help it.  The songs and the making of music are all stories to me.  Every note, every word, every strum and chord MEANS something to me.  They all represent, remind, and inspire images, memories, and ideas…and I want to share those things, contribute to and interpret them, and make something new.

I know I should stick to the business at hand (the guitar playing), but I can’t help also feeling that the stories (images, memories and ideas) ARE the business at hand.  They are the fuel that drives everything.  If not for those, why bother to play the guitar, or sing, or act?  The playing of the right notes at the right time is the skill…but everything else (images, memories, ideas, and the need to share, contribute and interpret) is where the ART is.

I’m not saying I’m a good artist…but I’m saying that I try and that I WANT to be good.  And, in any case, I can’t really help myself…so I’ll just keep going (even if sometimes it is embarrassing)…

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Info and Thinking about Singable Picture Books
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/resources-for-inspiration-and-information/

I am a FAN of Oliver Sack’s Facebook page.

A few weeks ago he posted on his Facebook page an article about how spiders tune their webs to make music

SPIDERS HARNESS THE POWER OF MUSIC
http://www.natureworldnews.com/articles/7384/20140603/spiders-harness-the-power-of-music.htm

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NPR’s MORNING EDITION reported on the subject
http://www.npr.org/2014/06/10/319179807/spiders-tune-in-to-webs-music-to-size-up-meals-and-mates

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MUSIC IS EVERYWHERE
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2014/07/08/music-is-everywhere/

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INFO AND THINKING ABOUT SINGABLE PICTURE BOOKS
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/resources-for-inspiration-and-information/

This is a collection of posts that capture MUSIC in some of the most unlikely places.  These posts remind us how music is everywhere all the time.  Just listen.

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GEORGE BELLOWS: Something George Bellows Said
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2012/11/08/something-artists-george-bellows-said/

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INFO AND THINKING ABOUT SINGABLE PICTURE BOOKS
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/resources-for-inspiration-and-information/

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JAMES ABBOTT McNEILL WHISTLER: 
Something Whistler Said…
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2012/06/28/something-whistler-said/

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THE MAN WITH THE VIOLIN
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2014/07/07/the-man-with-the-violin/

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SPIDER WEB MUSIC
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2014/07/08/spider-webs-tuned-for-music/

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TRAINS INSPIRE MUSIC
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2014/07/08/trains-inspire-music/

MUSIC IS EVERYWHERE!

To articulate the romance of trains and locomotives’ muse, Joshua Hammer writes in the 6/1/2014 NY Times Book Review:

Riding the rails to Boston in 1924, George Gershwin listened to the roar of the steam engine and the turn of the wheels and found the inspiration for “Rhapsody in Blue,” his hymn to urbanizing, Jazz Age America. “It was on the train, with its steely rhythms, its rattle-ty bang, that is so often so stimulating to a composer,” he told a biographer, describing the moment of creation. “I frequently hear music in the very heart of the noise.” W. C. Handy and other African-American musicians heard a similar sound on the Illinois Central, the Midwestern line that spirited them away from the Deep South on the Great Migration that began during World War I. They married the whistle and drone of the locomotive to the plaintive chants of sharecroppers and invented the “city blues.” Steve Goodman, a little-known composer, was inspired by a ­journey on the same line to write a dirge that became one of the anthems of the Vietnam War era — “The City of New ­Orleans.”

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Link to NY TIMES BOOK REVIEW, Sunday, June 1, 2014
JOURNEY BY RAIL, by Joshua Hammer,

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/01/books/review/tom-zoellners-train.html?_r=0

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TRAINS
Train Songs in Singable Picture Books:
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2014/02/16/train-songs-in-singable-picture-books/

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MUSIC IS EVERYWHERE

My son and I were walking around Washington, DC’s Chinatown this afternoon to the tune of some ugly street music and I began to think of this book (and how I WISHED Joshua Bell could have been there instead),

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The Man with the Violin
Story by Kathy Stinson
Illustrations by Dusan Petricic
Postscript by Joshua Bell

This book was a gift from my wonderful friend, marvelous teacher and supporter of SING BOOKS, Danielle Ancil.  What a fantastic gift this is, too, to remind me of the GIFT that music is to the world, how important it is to our lives, how enriching music is (even when we don’t always top to pay attention when something gorgeous is filling the space around us!

I’m so glad to have gotten the chance to explore this story…

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Publisher’s webpage for the book:

http://www.annickpress.com/Man-with-the-Violin-The

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Publisher’s Author video for this book:

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A long and detailed account of the event on the Washington Post website, here:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/04/04/AR2007040401721.html

By Gene Weingarten, Washington Post Staff Writer, Sunday, April 8, 2007

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Image of Joshua Bell playing in the Metro:

http://www.gettyimages.com/detail/news-photo/joshua-bell-playing-at-lenfant-plaza-metro-in-washington-dc-news-photo/141021658

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Washington Post video of the event, here:

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NPR’s ALL THINGS CONSIDERED interviews Josha Bell about the event:

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=9521098

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ZIN ZIN ZIN A VIOLIN, A SINGABLE PICTURE BOOK

http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2012/09/08/zin-zin-zin-a-violin-a-singable-picture-book/

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NOT NECESSARILY SINGABLE, BUT MUSIC RELATED ON SING BOOKS WITH EMILY, THE BLOG
This is a list of Picture Books that are not necessarily singable, but which have appeared in my blog as books which embrace music as an important and enriching part of our lives.  For a more comprehensive list (including books which have not yet made their way into the Sing Books blog) please see the Pinterest link just below this one:

http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/07/24/picture-books-not-necessarily-singable-which-embrase-music-as-an-important-and-enriching-component-of-our-lives/


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