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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),

man with the violin 2
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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my country tis song reveals the history murphy collier
My Country ‘Tis of Thee: How One Song Reveals the History of Civil Rights
Lyrics to “America, My Country ‘Tis of Thee” by Samuel Francis Smith (1831)
Book by Claire Rudolf Murphy
Lyrics by Various Artists
Illustrated by Bryan Collier

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Author’s webpage for this book:
http://www.clairerudolfmurphy.com/country-tis-thee-one-song-reveals-history-civil-rights/

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You can submit your own lyrics to this song at the author’s website:
http://www.clairerudolfmurphy.com/mctt-submit/

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Eloise and I were so inspired by this book that we made up lyrics to the “America” tune (and submitted them to author’s web page for the song) to create
THE PROJECT PUT THEME SONG: THIS LAND FOR YOU AND ME

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MY COUNTRY ‘TIS OF THEE A PATRIOTIC GIRL SCOUT SONG FOR TROOP 2740
http://brownietroop2740.wordpress.com/2012/08/11/my-country-tis-of-thee-a-patriotic-girl-scout-song-for-troop-2740/

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AMERICAN HISTORY: CELEBRATING THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AND HER CITIZENS AND TELL STORIES OF AMERICAN HISTORY
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2010/06/22/a-patriotic-list-of-singable-books-for-july-4th/

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GIRL SCOUT SONGS FOR TROOP 2740 RESOURCES PAGE
http://brownietroop2740.wordpress.com/girl-scouts-songs-troop-2740/

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AMERICA: MY COUNTRY TIS OF THEE, AN ILLUSTRATED SONG
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2012/10/01/my-country-tis-of-thee-a-singable-picture-book/

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there was an old witch
There Was an Old Witch
Traditional Tune
Words by Howard W. Reeves
Illustrated by David Catrow

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This is a funny take on the old classic “There was an…” or “I know an…”

David Catrow’s style with water colors, pen outlines and incredible detail always delight the children, literally, draw them into the story.  Mr. Catrow had a great sense of humor and builds that hilarity into the facial expressions and body language of the characters.  The words are funny, too, but it’s the pictures that will make the kids ask for this one again and again.  The children will, though, delight in finding out (then knowing the secret) of why the witch wants the bat.

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I KNOW AN OLD WOMAN/THERE WAS AN OLD LADY  (AND VARIATIONS) IN SINGABLE PICTURE BOOKS
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2012/10/15/i-know-an-and-there-was-an-awful-lots-of-things-to-sing-about/

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HALLOWEEN

A list of spooky, fun, funny and evocative songs for our favorite October Holiday
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2010/10/30/halloween-singable-picture-books-ooooooooeeeeeeeee/

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SINGABLE PICTURE BOOKS OF ILLUSTRATOR DAVID CATROW
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2013/11/10/the-singable-picture-books-of-illustrator-david-catrow/

This is an adorable book and a great one for the Singable Picture Book collection.  It’s not really one, though, that you’re going to sit down and sing over and over again.  The song is Bob Dylan Jazz and his original recording is backed up by a jazzy-scatter and jazz piano.  It’s a really cool song, but not the sort of thing with a catchy melody that will encourage the kids to sing-along.  You’ll enjoy this for the music appreciation and for the adorable pictures in the book of dogs running free.

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if dogs run free
If Dogs Run Free
Words and Music by Bob Dylan
Illustrated by Scott Campbell

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Bob Dylan’s recording of his song:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZC-XgC1ZLo0

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IF DOGS RUN FREE page on BobDylan.com (includes lyrics, link ot download sheet music, and link to buy song
http://www.bobdylan.com/us/songs/if-dogs-run-free

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Interesting thoughts about the song on SongMeanings.com:
http://songmeanings.com/songs/view/3530822107858512277/

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Little tid-bit from wiki article about Bob Dylan’s 1970 album “New Morning,” for which IF DOGS RUN FREE was recorded:

If Dogs Run Free,“a scatting beatnik send-up, featuring Maeretha Stewart as a guest vocalist and Al Kooper on piano.

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Gallery Nucleus site includes info about illustrator Scott Campbell and images from the book
http://www.gallerynucleus.com/gallery/exhibition/396

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Many two-page-spread images from the book, here:
http://www.parkablogs.com/picture/if-dogs-run-free-scott-c

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IF DOGS RUN FREE
Words and Music by Bob Dylan

If dogs run free, then why not we
Across the swooping plain?
My ears hear a symphony
Of two mules, trains and rain
The best is always yet to come
That’s what they explain to me
Just do your thing, you’ll be king
If dogs run free

If dogs run free, why not me
Across the swamp of time?
My mind weaves a symphony
And tapestry of rhyme
Oh, winds which rush my tale to thee
So it may flow and be
To each his own, it’s all unknown
If dogs run free

If dogs run free, then what must be
Must be, and that is all
True love can make a blade of grass
Stand up straight and tall
In harmony with the cosmic sea
True love needs no company
It can cure the soul, it can make it whole
If dogs run free

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BOB DYLAN
The Singable Picture Books of Bob Dylan
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/11/15/the-singable-picture-books-of-bob-dylan/

This is a wonderful book filled with information, phantasmagorical illustrations, songs, rhymes and game instructions.

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sally go round the sun fowke
Sally Go round the Sun (300 Songs, Rhymes and Games of Canadian Children)
Words and Music by Various Artists
Songs and Rhymes Collected and Edited by Edith Fowke
Musical Arrangements by Keith MacMillan
Illustrated by Carlos Marchiori

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The contents of SALLY GOES ROUND THE SUN are divided up in categories, which you can see in this scan of the Table of Contents:

SGRTS 005 TOC - panel only
Sally Go round the Sun (300 Songs, Rhymes and Games of Canadian Children) - Table of Contents
Words and Music by Various Artists
Songs and Rhymes Collected and Edited by Edith Fowke
Musical Arrangements by Keith MacMillan
Illustrated by Carlos Marchiori

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The bibliography for SALLY GOES ROUND THE SUN works as a terrific list of Singable Picture Books worth tracking down:

SGRTS 157 - bibliography edit
Sally Go round the Sun (300 Songs, Rhymes and Games of Canadian Children) - bibliography
Words and Music by Various Artists
Songs and Rhymes Collected and Edited by Edith Fowke
Musical Arrangements by Keith MacMillan
Illustrated by Carlos Marchiori

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If you are looking for a folk song or rhyme, including instructions for games and movements to go with them, you’re likely to find what you are looking for in the index of SALLY GOES ROUND THE SUN.

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A PDF of the Index of First Lines, here:
SGRTS index of first lines p158&159

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About Folklorist Edith Fowke, here:
http://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.com/articles/emc/edith-fowke

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A marvelous spread of scanned illustrations from this book, here:
http://myvintagebookcollectioninblogform.blogspot.com/2012/08/sally-go-round-sun-illustrated-by.html

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Another blog post with other pictures scanned from this book:
http://life-of-pea.blogspot.com/2007/05/sally-go-round-sun.html

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CANADIAN SONGS IN SINGABLE PICTURE BOOKS
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2013/09/15/canadian-songs-in-singable-picture-books/

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MOTHER GOOSE AND NURSERY RHYMES – INDIVIDUALLY ILLUSTRATED
Mother Goose and Nursery Rhymes with Individually Illustrated Singable Picture Books
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2013/08/23/mother-goose-and-nursery-rhymes-with-individually-illustrated-singable-picture-books/

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MOTHER GOOSE AND NURSERY RHYME COMPILATIONS

A list containing compilations of Mother Goose and Nursery Rhyme Singable Picture Books, including links and resources for learning, singing, and playing the tunes
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/07/19/mother-goose-singable-picture-books-rhymes-and-songs-in-compilations/

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MOVEMENTS, FINGER PLAYS AND DANCES
Get Movin’!  MOVEMENTS, FINGER PLAYS AND DANCES in Singable Picture Books
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2013/04/02/get-movin-movements-finger-plays-and-dances-in-singable-picture-books/

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ILLUSTRATED SONGBOOKS AND COLLECTIONS (COMPILATIONS) OF CHILDREN’S SONGS WITH MUSIC
This list is populated by books that compile printed music and illustrations for children’s songs

http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2012/08/15/illustrated-collections-of-childrens-songs-with-music/

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northwest passage
Northwest Passage
Song Words and Music by Stan Rogers
Text by Matt James
Illustrated by Matt James

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NORTHWEST PASSAGE is a stirring and powerful song.  I was struck while listening to it the first time by the thought that we all must seek our own  Northwest Passage, through the savage land of our own minds and lives.  Each person is on his or her own epic quest to find a way from one place to another and to overcome the troubles and obstacles that life, land, and, indeed, ourselves, put in our way.

The book illustrated for this song by Matt James is remarkable.  The pictures painted in thick strokes and sometimes scraped away with a sharp point to create texture, are not beautiful in the traditional sense.  These pictures convey the harsh and turbulent land and give a solemn and sometimes frightful feeling.  The reader can sense the struggle, hardship and danger as well as glimpse the beautiful landscape that surrounded explorers’ efforts.

The book is also filled with information about the land, peoples and expeditions embodied by the song.  It is a wonderful achievement, a feast for eye and mind.  It would have been wonderful if the book also offered a feast for the ear and voice.  It’s always a dream of mine that a book like this would come packaged with a CD that would have tracks of the performer’s recording and, optimally, instrumental tracks for singing along.  If children could sing-along (or someone like me sings to them), then the song is then brought to actual life for the reader (singer and listener).  The book does come with printed music and no doubt I will enjoy someday having music made for singing this song to give full life to the pictures, stories and song preserved in the wonderful work of art which is this book, NORTHWEST PASSAGE.

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www.youtube.com/watch?v=TVY8LoM47xI

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www.youtube.com/watch?v=cKsLZRndbtw

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www.youtube.com/watch?v=qCZL3NkzBPA

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NORTHWEST PASSAGE
Words and Music by Stan Rogers

Ah, for just one time I would take the Northwest Passage
To find the hand of Franklin reaching for the Beaufort Sea;
Tracing one warm line through a land so wide and savage
And make a Northwest Passage to the sea.

Westward from the Davis Strait ’tis there ’twas said to lie
The sea route to the Orient for which so many died;
Seeking gold and glory, leaving weathered, broken bones
And a long-forgotten lonely cairn of stones.

Ah, for just one time I would take the Northwest Passage
To find the hand of Franklin reaching for the Beaufort Sea;
Tracing one warm line through a land so wide and savage
And make a Northwest Passage to the sea.

Three centuries thereafter, I take passage overland
In the footsteps of brave Kelso, where his “sea of flowers” began
Watching cities rise before me, then behind me sink again
This tardiest explorer, driving hard across the plain.

Ah, for just one time I would take the Northwest Passage
To find the hand of Franklin reaching for the Beaufort Sea;
Tracing one warm line through a land so wide and savage
And make a Northwest Passage to the sea.

And through the night, behind the wheel, the mileage clicking west
I think upon Mackenzie, David Thompson and the rest
Who cracked the mountain ramparts and did show a path for me
To race the roaring Fraser to the sea.

Ah, for just one time I would take the Northwest Passage
To find the hand of Franklin reaching for the Beaufort Sea;
Tracing one warm line through a land so wide and savage
And make a Northwest Passage to the sea.

How then am I so different from the first men through this way?
Like them, I left a settled life, I threw it all away.
To seek a Northwest Passage at the call of many men
To find there but the road back home again.

Ah, for just one time I would take the Northwest Passage
To find the hand of Franklin reaching for the Beaufort Sea;
Tracing one warm line through a land so wide and savage
And make a Northwest Passage to the sea.

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A nice write-up about the book on Amazon,
http://www.amazon.com/Northwest-Passage-Stan-Rogers/dp/1554981530

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Wiki article about the song NORTHWEST PASSAGE

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Website devoted to the work of Canadian singer-songwriter Stan Rogers, here:
http://stanrogers.net/

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Website of illustrator Matt James:
http://www.mattjames.ca/

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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/

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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/

I just got some wonderful music with which to sing MORNING HAS BROKEN to kids and, in going over the words, I made a connection.  These are the connections that, at least for me, make singing a song such a communicative, artistic, and personal experience.

One’s personal connections (thoughts, philosophy, memories, reactions, emotions, associations) are the essential elements that give each artist his/her specific and authentic perspective for performing each song.

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Thoughts from Emily, 8/31/2013

This is one of those songs about which my cup runneth over.  Cat Steven’s Greatest Hits Album is so woven into my college experience that hearing just a few bars any song brings me back to my college dorm and I’m 20 years old again.  Cat Steven’s MORNING HAS BROKEN was the only version that I knew of and I was surprised to learn that it was usually sung as a hymn, words written as poetry and set the tune of an even older hymn.  Learning the history of a song is a great joy for me in crafting it for performance.

I also love to study the words and find parallels with other songs.  Reading the words for MORNING HAS BROKEN frequently brings me to think about the jubilant words of, an even OLDER song, THE FLOWER CAROL also called “Tempus adest floridum”  The tune of FLOWER CAROL will likely sound familiar to the listener as GOOD KING WENCESLAS, but it was originally (or used first) for THE FLOWER CAROL, the words for which are celebratory and full of praise and thanks to the Creator for the rebirth of a new day and the beauty of the earth.

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morning has broken
Morning Has Broken

Music from Traditional Hymn, “Bunessan”
Poem by Eleanor Farjeon
Illustrated by Tim Ladwig

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“Tempus adest floridum”
FLOWER CAROL

Traditional Words and Tune
Illustrated with Art by Giuseppe Arcimboldo
Book Assembled by Emily Leatha Everson Gleichenhaus
To view or print a copy of the BOOKLET, click here:
flower carol arcimboldo
To view or print a copy of the ONE PAGER, click here:
flower carol arcimboldo one pager

This item is for classroom, home, or library use only.

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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/

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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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