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I was given the honor of a request to select a list of my favorite Illustrated Songs published in 2014.  I’m always on the hunt for Illustrated Songs old and new, but putting this list together provided a wonderful opportunity to look and look again for Singable Treasures published just this year.  Looking again unearthed a couple of jewels I’d not run across before.  Most of my research and comments about each book in this list will be found in the posts about them.  Just click on the title for a book to arrive at a post I assembled about it.  Each post might include song history, videos, sing along tracks, personal musings and experience with the song, children’s artwork, audio clips and much more.  In a couple cases, I’ve written an additional comment directly below the book information.

The books are listed in alphabetical, not rank, order.  Not all these are in my regular repertoire, but they are all fantastic examples of Illustrated Song.

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further adventures of owl and the pussycat
The Further Adventures of the Owl and the Pussy-Cat
Music by Julia Donaldson
Words  by Julia Donaldson
Original Poem by Edward Lear
Illustrated by Charlotte Voake
ISBN 978-0141332888 (2013 hardcover)
ISBN 978-0141332970 (2014 paperback)

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goodnight songs
Goodnight Songs
Words by Margaret Wise Brown
Illustrated by 12 Award-Winning Picture book Artists
Music by John Proutt and Emily Gary

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honeyky hanukah
Honeyky Hanukah
Words and Music by Woody Guthrie
Illustrated by Dave Horowitz
With CD Recording by The Klezmatics

This is one of the exciting discoveries I made when doing extra research for this list.  I’m currently working to get sing-along music made and can’t wait to add it to the Sing Books repertoire.

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The Hero in You 
Words and Music by Ellis Paul
Illustrated by Angela Padron

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old lady who swallowed a dreidel
I Know and Old Lady Who Swallowed a Dreidel
Adaptation by Caryn Yacowitz
Illustrated by David Slonim

This is another exciting discovery that resulted from putting this list toghter.  Not only is this an adorable Chanukah song, but a terrific opportunity to explore masterworks of art and geography, too.

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itsy bitsy pumpkin
The Itsy Bitsy Pumpkin
Adaptation by Brandy Cooke
Illustrated by Sanja Rescek

This adaptation of Itsy-Bitsy Spider is a cute sing-along for the preschool set.

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may the stars drip down
May the Stars Drip Down
Words and Music by Jeremy Chatelain
Music by the Band Cub Country
Illustrated by Nikki McClure

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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

Importantly, this song has its roots in 18th century England as “God Save the King.”

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Octopus’s Garden
Words and Music by Ringo Starr
Illustrated by Ben Cort

I knew that OCTOPUS’S GARDEN was coming out months in advance and eagerly anticipated it.  I love this book and it is one of my personal favorite Illustrated Songs in the Sing Books repertoire.

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Old Manhattan Has Some Farms
Words by Susan Lendroth
Traditional Tune, Sing to the Tune of Old MacDonald
Includes a downloadable song from Caspar Babypants
Illustrated by Kate Endle

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Space Song Rocket Ride
Words and Music by Sunny Scribens (using elements of the song AND THE GREEN GRASS GREW ALL AROUND)
Illustrated by David Sim
CD Performance by Mark Collins
Published by Barefoot Books 

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Honorable Mentions
These are wonderful editions of wonderful songs.  I’ve created this Honorable Mention category as the titles in it are reissues of previously published titles.  

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Fox Went Out on a Chilly Night (An Old Song), 2014 Reissue
Traditional Words and Tune
Illustrated by Peter Spier

This reissue of Peter Spier’s FOX WENT OUT ON A CHILLY NIGHT is a MUST HAVE.  It’s such a great song and this new edition includes newly colorized pages.  In the first edition of the book, only half the pages were in color, the other half were black and white drawings (in Peter Spier’s incredibly detailed style).  In this edition, everything has been newly colored, every page.  It’s beautiful and an improvement on the nearly perfect first edition.

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Over the Rainbow
Words and Music by Harold Arlen and E. Y. Harburg
Illustrated by Eric Puybaret
Published by Imagine Publishing Inc.
ISBN-13: 978-1623540449 (2014 boardbook edition)

The hardcover, original release of this book was a couple years ago, but I’m delighted to see that 2014 saw the release of the board book edition, so I could put this wonderful song (and gorgeous illustration) on the list.  This book, with its beautiful colors, and lyrics which have touched and inspired generations of dreamers all over, deserves to be poured over and sung again and again.

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Star Spangled Banner, 2014 Reissue
Words by Francis Scott Key
Music by J. Stafford Smith
Illustrated by Peter Spier

This is a reissue of Peter Spier’s incredible illustration for this song.  It is very detailed with restored color. This edition includes all verses from the poem, not just the first verse which Americans know as their National Anthem.  The last few pages include a historical account, giving context for the song.

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Published in the last half of 2013, these books are also marvelous and deserve a spot on a favorites list.

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Frosty the Snowman
Words and Music by Steve Nelson and Jack Rollins
Performed by Kenny Loggins
Illustrated by Wade Zahares
ISBN 978-1-62354-012-8

Published in November 2013, so close to 2014 and this is a delightful rendition!  This is in the regular Sing Books repertoire, much loved by young and old.

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The Silver Moon (Lullabies and Cradle Songs)
Words and Music by Jack Prelutsky
Illustrated by Jui Ishida
Link to page with sheet music

Published in September 2013, this lovely book of poems and lullabies includes sheet music (plus more of his music can be found on his website) and one of the favorite new songs in the Sing Books repertoire, BIRD LULLABY, so sweet and charming!

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maria had a little llama
Maria Had a Little Llama/María Tenía una Llamita
Written and Illustrated by Angela Dominguez
(Henry Holt BFYR/Macmillan, $16.99)
978-0-8050-9333-9
Aug 20, 2013

Learn a little Spanish and delight in the wonderful Peruvian inspired pictures.

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Señor Pancho Had a Rancho (and Old MacDonald)
Words by René Colato Laínez,
Illustrated by Elwood Smith
(Holiday House, $16.95)
978-0-8234-2632-4
Jul 1, 2013

Senor Pancho and the sounds the barnyard animals make in Spanish live side-by-side with Old MacDonald in this hilarious (and sneakily educational) Illustrated Song.

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Terrific Music Related (but not singable) Titles Published in 2014

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Gus & Me: The Story of My Granddad and My First Guitar
By Keith Richards and Theodora Richards

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mister and lady day
Mister and Lady Day: Billie Holiday and the Dog Who Loved Her

By Amy Novesky
Illustrated by Vanessa Brantley Newton
(Harcourt Children’s Books/HMH, $16.99)
978-0-15-205806-7

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tito puente
Tito Puente: Mambo King/Rey del Mambo
By Monica Brown
Illustrated by Rafael López
(Rayo/HarperCollins, $17.99) 978-0-06-122783-7

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Frogs Play Cellos (and other fun facts)
By Laura Lyn DiSiena and Hannah Eliot
Illustrated by Pete Oswald and Aaron Spurgeon

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Related Posts and Links

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Playing by the book
Reviews of kids’ books and the crazy, fun stuff they inspire us to do
http://www.playingbythebook.net/

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WINTER

Singable Picture Books for Winter
Some of these are sung at Christmastime, but this is a list of songs about Winter that you can sing all season long!
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2010/12/21/singable-picture-books-for-winter/

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BAREFOOT BOOKS

A Collection of Singable Picture Books and Singable Picture Book Videos put out by Barefoot Books
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/01/16/singable-picture-books-and-singable-picture-book-videos-from-barefoot-books/

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BEATLES: THE BEATLES IN SINGABLE PICTURE BOOKS
The Singable Picture Books of John, Paul, George, and Ringo

http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2013/09/26/the-beatles-in-singable-picture-books/

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WOODY GUTHRIE
The Singable Picture Books of Woody Guthrie
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2012/03/19/the-singable-picture-books-of-woody-guthrie/

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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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GREAT AMERICAN SONGBOOK

Singable Picture Books of the Great American Songbook and Michael Feinstein’s Foundation for the Preservation of the Great American Songbook
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/09/10/american-songbook-singable-picture-books-and-michael-feinsteins-foundation-for-the-preservation-of-the-great-american-songbook/

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GOOD ADVICE
A list of Illustrated Songs that convey really good ideas and great advice.

http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2014/02/13/illustrated-songs-that-give-good-advice/

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THE SONGS WE SANG AT TUCKAHOE, CARLIN SPRINGS AND CLAREMONT ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS IN THE 2013-2014 SCHOOL YEAR

http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2014/06/29/the-many-marvelous-songs-we-sang-at-tuckahoe-claremont-and-carlin-springs-elementary-schools-in-arlington-va-in-the-2013-2014-school-year/

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JACK PRELUTSKY
The Singable Picture Books of Jack Prelutsky
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2012/10/10/singable-picture-books-of-jack-prelutsky/

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THE SINGABLE PICTURE BOOKS OF JULIA DONALDSON

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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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HANUKKAH, PASSOVER, SEDER AND OTHER JEWISH HOLIDAYS AND TRADITIONS

A fun list of books to sing and celebrate Hanukkah and other Jewish Holidays and Traditions
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2010/11/26/singable-picture-books-for-hanukkah/

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PINTEREST
NOT NECESSARILY SINGABLE, BUT MUSIC RELATED ON SING BOOKS WITH EMILY’S PINTEREST
Music Inspired and Music Education Picture Books
Because of the ease of “Pinning” my PINTEREST list for Not Necessarily Singable but Music Inspired and Music Education Picture Books has overtime become more comprehensive than the list on my blog (please not, however that, though some have appeared in my blog, most are books I’ve discovered online)
http://pinterest.com/singbooksemily/music-inspired-and-music-education-picture-books/

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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/

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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GARDEN SING-ALONG
A list of songs to inspire us to look around us in a garden and enjoy, observe, appreciate and preserve the natural world around us

http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2014/04/03/garden-sing-along-song-choices-for-singable-expeditions-at-tuckahoe-elementary-or-for-any-garden-sing-along/

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Sing Books With Emily’s Top 10 Favorite Illustrated Songs of 2014 (and a few others, too)
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2014/12/05/sing-books-with-emilys-top-10-favorite-illustrated-songs-of-2014-and-a-few-others-too/

I loved Kristen Andreassen and Megan Downes’ song CRAYOLA DOESN’T MAKE A COLOR FOR YOUR EYES the first listen.  The patty-cake is irresistible.  The rhythm of the words is infectious and engaging.  The song mentions real colors you find in your box of Crayola crayons.  It’s a song sung to someone you love who lifts you up when you’re feeling blue.

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Crayola Doesn’t Make a Color for Your Eyes
Words and Music by Kristin Andreassen and Megan Downes

This book is for classroom use only.

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Just in case you wanted to at least give try to color the eyes of the person you love, you can use this coloring page:

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Crayola Doesn’t Make a Color for Your Eyes Coloring Page
To view or print this coloring page, click here:
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Coloring Page Assembled by Sing Books with Emily

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Since life is a cabaret, I’ll share a few stories why this song means a lot to me.

In July 2002, I had been in labor with our son for 33 hours.  I’d done this with no pain medication, determined to test the limits of my endurance.  After such a long time, though, it was clear that a C-Section would be required.  We were not expecting this.  I was relieved to know there would soon be an end to the ordeal, but my husband was not quite prepared to be required in an operating room.  My husband’s eyes have a beautiful light aqua color, but they are deep set and not large, so you don’t always notice the color right away.  But being in a state of shock, his eyes were surprisingly WIDE open he was brought into the bright light of the operating room wearing light blue scrubs.  His eyes shone out like neon, so much so you could almost hear a buzz of electricity emanating from their color.  It’s one of the only things I remember most about the moments before our son’s birth, being delirious from so many hours of labor.  When I heard the song CRAYOLA DOENS’T MAKE A COLOR FOR YOUR EYES, I immediately thought of that moment when there would have been no crayon to match the color of my husband’s eyes in the moments before we met our baby boy.

Incidentally, I sang this in a Cabaret Master Class, round about 2008 or 2009 (maybe 2010), and did not do a great job with the song.  It’s not an easy song to sing solo.  It has lots of words and I’d not yet gotten a handle on how to approach it when I brought the song to the class.  The instruction and feedback I got about it was in most ways spot on.  But there is one thing that I still to this day do NOT agree with.  I’d set up the song, given my reason for singing it, with some trial patter that was a version of the story above.  I was told that the story I related had nothing to do with the song and was not a good reason for singing it.  Maybe I misunderstood what the Master Teacher was saying to me, but I really believe in my heart that the story above is a perfectly valid reason for singing the song and it is, in fact, MY principal reason for singing it, the thing which gave me the spark of recognition with the song and compelled me to want to learn it, absorb it and pass it along.  So in this, my reason for singing the song, I feel an authentic grasp on it, a spark of recognition that cannot be duplicated by anyone else, a reason to sing that is important…and mine.  And I claim it and proclaim it and thus will sing on for this very reason.

The other detail that flashes through my mind are my mother’s eyes.  My mom passed away in February of 2001.  She was a marvelous person.  She was hilarious and feisty and not your “every day” kind of person.  Her eyes were unusual, too, since one was green and the other was brown.  I always took it as a fact, did’t give it much thought.  But one doesn’t meet a person with different colored eyes every day.  This is why I made one eye green and the other eye brown for the cover of the CRAYOLA sing-along book.

It was great fun to sing the song with my friends Terri Allen, Lonny Smith and Justin Ritchie in our 2010 Capital Fringe Festival Show, RUN AWAY WITH ME CABARET.  We made a great group number out of the song and it was so fun to sing it in the show.

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CRAYOLA DOESN’T MAKE A COLOR FOR YOUR EYES video:

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

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Kristin Andreassen sings the song (with patty-cake) live:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mi6X-Q_Ki8I

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Live performance with a whistle solo:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Exw7QAqP9Q

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Kristin Andreassen website (you can find sheet music for CRAYOLA on the MUSIC page)
http://kristinandreassen.com/music/

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You can listen to the recording of CRAYOLA on Kristin Andreassen’s MySpace page (Track 2, Crayola):
https://myspace.com/kristinandreassen

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CRAYOLA DOESN’T MAKE A COLOR FOR YOUR EYES won the 2007 John Lennon Songwriting Award for Best Children’s Song.

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Write Up about the song on Zooglobble.com
http://www.zooglobble.com/blog/2008/4/9/listen-to-this-crayola-doesnt-make-a-color-for-your-eyes-kri.html

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Related Posts

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Limberjack Rhythm Instrument (Song Ideas)
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2013/12/07/limberjack-rhythm-instrument/

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A Limerick in Memory of My Mom Carole Jean Geisler Everson
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2012/04/24/a-limerick-in-memory-of-my-mom-carole-jean-geisler-everson/

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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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SING WITH ME SONGBOOK FOR SINGBOOKS WITH EMILY (ON PINTEREST)
http://pinterest.com/singbooksemily/sing-with-me-songbook-sing-books-with-emily/

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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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RUN AWAY WITH ME CABARET
http://runawaywithmecabaret.wordpress.com/

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VALENTINE’S DAY
Celebrate Valentine’s Day with this collection of Singable Picture Books which express one person’s love for another.

http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/02/14/singable-picture-books-celebrating-love-for-valentines-day/

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ADVICE, GOOD ADVICE
Illustrated songs that dole out a healthy helping of sound counsel
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2014/02/13/illustrated-songs-that-give-good-advice/

This post is an addendum to Terri’s full Memorial Post on SBWE:
Tribute to a Singing Angel: My Friend Terri Allen
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2014/08/24/tribute-to-a-singing-angel-my-friend-terri-allen/

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This little song is based on another little song.  I wrote the poem in 2nd grade and a tune came for the little song about a month ago.  While practicing the guitar, this came along:

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Goodbye, Terri

Words and Music by Emily Leatha Everson Gleichenhaus
To view or print this song sheet, click here:
goodbye terri by eleg

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The little song for Terri is based on this little poem that I wrote in 2nd grade and the tune I wrote about 40 years later:

Goodbye, Summer Song Sheet with Guitar Chords by ELEG for SBWE
Words and Music by Emily Leatha Everson Gleichenhaus
Art by Eloise Gleichenhaus
To view or print this sheet, click here:
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Sing with Emily, here:

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Related Posts

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

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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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PROJECT PUT: PICK UP TRASH (and put it where it belongs in the recycle or designated trash receptacle)
http://projectput.wordpress.com/

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SING WITH ME SONGBOOK FOR SINGBOOKS WITH EMILY (ON PINTEREST)
http://pinterest.com/singbooksemily/sing-with-me-songbook-sing-books-with-emily/

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Goodbye, Terri, I Had Fun with You
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2014/09/14/goodbye-terri-i-had-fun-with-you/

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Tribute to a Singing Angel: My Friend Terri Allen
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2014/08/24/tribute-to-a-singing-angel-my-friend-terri-allen/

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

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Beautiful photo of Terri taken by her friend Elise Kress

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Terri Allen’s Memorial Service

Terri Allen: A Celebration in Word and Song.
Saturday Sept. 13, 2014 at MCCDC
Service at 2:00 followed by potluck.
Metropolitan Community Church of Washington, DC
474 Ridge Street NW, a block and a half from the Mt. Vernon Metro stop

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DC Cabaret Network Memorial Open Mic for Terri Allen

There will be an open mic in Terri Allen’s memory on

Monday, September 15, 2014
8 PM

Musical Director: George Fulginiti-Shakar
Warehouse Theatre (enter through the Passenger Bar)
1021 7th St. NW, Washington, DC

Donation requested:
Cover charge: $10
Singers: plus $5.00

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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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To Fellow Friends of Terri Allen:

If you are a friend of Terri Allen and would like to contribute memories or thoughts to this post, please write a comment!  Or, if you would like to send your thoughts to my email address:  singbookswithemily@att.net, I will be glad to post them for you.

Thank you!

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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’s Obituary on WashingtonPost.com
http://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/terri-allen-executive-director-of-the-dc-cabaret-network-dies-at-63/2014/08/28/9ae84d7e-2e10-11e4-9b98-848790384093_story.html

I left this comment with Terri’s obituary:

Terri Allen was a wonderful friend. She was incredibly talented, infusing her performances with that kind of late afternoon sunshine and soulful depth. She was authentic and honest. Terri was the real deal and an example of the kind of human being this world could use  more. As a friend, Terri was supportive and present. Those of us who knew and loved her will forever be warmed by her presence in our lives.
Terri Allen’s performer website (pictures, bio, and hear her sing),
http://www.terriallen.net/

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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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2013 06 Maggie's Milestones
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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Terri’s 9/13/2014 Memorial Program, side 1
Terri Allen Mem Program 20140913 1

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Terri’s 9/13/2014 Memorial, side 2
Terri Allen Mem Program 20140913 2

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Goodbye, Terri, I Had Fun with You

This little song is based on another little song.  I wrote the poem in 2nd grade and a tune came for the little song about a month ago.  While practicing the guitar, this came along:

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goodbye terri by eleg
Goodbye, Terri

Words and Music by Emily Leatha Everson Gleichenhaus
To view or print this song sheet, click here:
goodbye terri by eleg

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Terri Allen’s Memorial Open Mic
Monday, September 15, 2014 at the Warehouse Theatre in Washington, DC

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A write up about the event and those who sang and spoke at the event on DC Cabaret Network’s Blog SongSpeak:

http://songspeak.wordpress.com/2014/09/24/terri-allen-remembered-in-song/

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I have another little memory to add.  Byron Muray is a friend and singer with the DC Cabaret Network.  He also writes beautiful prose and poetry and often shares his work or reads the work of others before he sings.  It’s always a lovely, thoughtful and fully perfect compliment to the music.  Before Byraon sang “Lazy Afternoon,” he offered this lovely prose, reading his work:

As I was walking down Massachusetts Avenue recently in the late afternoon, I saw a deer—a beautiful doe—standing less than 20 fee away at the edge of the trees that descend down to the valley below. It was feasting on the vegetation at its hooves.
As I looked, I noticed that from time to time, it would look up at me fearlessly. As I gazed back at this magnificent wild creature, I felt an extraordinary presence—a quiet communication. Then I thought of you, wandering somewhere new in the ether and wondered if you felt it, too.

Byron Murray, Monday, September 15, 2014, Warehouse Theatre, Washington, DC at Terri Allen’s DC Cabaret Network Memorial Open Mic

I wrote and asked Byron how he came to write this lovely story.  He wrote to me:

Later on the day I learned about Terri I took a walk down Mass Ave about 4 pm.  Just across from the British Embassy I saw a deer standing there.  I stopped to take a look and thought it would dart off but it just stood there with an almost  defiant stance.  It seemed odd to see a deer at that time of day and especially one that was just hanging around.  Everything seemed otherworldly and silent–sort of out of our time zone. The thought of Terri came in to my head and I felt I was part of something not of this sphere.  I stood there for nearly 10 minutes.  Finally I walked away and a few times I looked back and the deer was still there and really would look up at me occasionally.  I finally got so far away that I could no longer see it but I didn’t actually see it go back into the wooded area.  I’m not sure what this was all about but I know that I will never forget those 10 minutes.  When I got home I put down the thoughts that I shared on Monday.

Many thanks to Byron for his lovely and thoughtful tribute.

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Related Posts

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Goodbye, Terri, I Had Fun with You
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2014/09/14/goodbye-terri-i-had-fun-with-you/

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GOODBYE, SUMMER, AN ILLUSTRATED SONG BY ELEG FOR SBWE
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2014/08/14/goodbye-summer-an-illustrated-song-by-eleg-for-sbwe/

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

QUOTES FROM PUBLISHED PERFORMANCE REVIEWS AND AUDIENCE COMMENTS

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Emily is a charming and energetic performer.  She has created a delightful show that is great fun for kids . . . of all ages (that includes grown-ups, too). Who wouldn’t want to hear their favorite childhood book sung and even join in?  It is a brilliant concept. So, come . . .  Sing Books with Emily!
Terri Allen  (Singer, Songwriter, Actress for Oh What a Beautiful Day: Sing Books with Emily, the Cabaret,” June 2011)

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I sat there last night with a goofy grin plastered on my face the entire evening. You just make me feel “JOY”.  I love me some Emily L. E. G.!

Byron Murray (DC Cabaret Community, Facebook, Oh What a Beautiful Day: Sing Books with Emily, the Cabaret, June 2011)

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[I] attended a wonderful cabaret show this evening. Congratulations Emily Leatha Everson Gleichenhaus on a terrific and enjoyable performance!
Chris Cochran (Comedian and Cabaret Artist, on Facebook, Oh What a Beautiful Day: Sing Books with Emily, the Cabaret, June 2011)

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Loved every minute of “Oh, What a Beautiful Day”. When I saw the ad I thought — oh just for kids. But I found myself laughing, tapping my feet, tearing up (not all at the same time). Wouldn’t trade it for five hippopotamuses!

Kenneth Fung (Audience, Oh What a Beautiful Day: Sing Books with Emily, the Cabaret, June 2011)

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Outstanding! You are a shining star!  I expect to see you on more stages in the future. You knocked me off my feet!! … I wish you the best as you truly have amazing talent.

Mrs. Coffman (Teacher, Tuckahoe Elementary School, Oh What a Beautiful Day: Sing Books with Emily, the Cabaret, June 2011)

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Emily, you are so talented!!  We all thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.

Susan Wallin (Mom, Arlington , VA, Oh What a Beautiful Day: Sing Books with Emily, the Cabaret, June 2011)

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That music means so much to [my daughter] and your interpretation and performance were just great! I hope you continue to spread the joy of music!

Marianne SanSeverino (Mom, Arlington, VA, Oh What a Beautiful Day: Sing Books with Emily, the Cabaret, June 2011)

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What a wonderful performance on Saturday! You were great!  I hope you perform again soon so more people can experience a great show.
Mrs. Morgan (Teacher, Tuckahoe Elementary School, Oh What a Beautiful Day: Sing Books with Emily, the Cabaret, June 2011)

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The amazing Emily Everson does the adult version of her Sing Books with Emily gig at Maggie’s Cabaret…

Michael Miyazaki Reports in Miyazaki Cabaret Update: DC & Beyond, June 2011

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The lady has got pipes…she makes a beautiful presentation of everything she does…three very special performances…really a pleasure to accompany.  A consummate professional.
Bob Smith on the InTune Radio Show, 9/14/2010
http://bobsmithmusic.com/intune.html

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Better for everyone, Emily, whose amazingly thorough process is the foundation of her exquisite song interpretations, shares her working process in a wonderful piece called 
The Art and Craft of Singing a Song: Tell Me a Story! Sing Me a Song!.
Michael Miyazaki, Miyazaki Cabaret Update: DC and Beyond, September 13, 2010
http://cabaretdc.wordpress.com/2010/09/13/thank-you-emily/

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Comment to Michael’s post from Marianne,

September 14, 2010 at 10:54 am
Thank you, Michael, for bringing attention to Emily’s work. Her Song Craft Worksheet is an amazing tool that compiles a 360 degree approach to working on songs. Some of the steps were new to me, others familiar, but to have them all on one jam-packed worksheet is invaluable. Thank you, Emily, for your generosity!
http://cabaretdc.wordpress.com/2010/09/13/thank-you-emily/#comments
Regarding SBWE post: The Art and Craft of Singing a Song: Tell Me a Story! Sing Me a Song!

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Comment to Michael’s post from Maris,

September 14, 2010 at 2:26 pm
Thank you, Emily, for this worksheet – a wonderful and useful gift.
http://cabaretdc.wordpress.com/2010/09/13/thank-you-emily/#comments
Regarding SBWE post: The Art and Craft of Singing a Song: Tell Me a Story! Sing Me a Song!

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Everson follows with a powerful solo of Lyle Lovett’s “If I had a Boat.”   Her facial expressions and eye-contact with the audience make the tune a fun and intimate experience.   She returns later in the show with the hilarious “Toll” and the evening’s stand-out performance of “Defying Gravity” from the smash Broadway musical, Wicked.   This is a personal favorite song of mine and I got chills listening to her belt out this high-flying and vocally challenging number.

Sabrina Daly, DC Theatre Scene, July 2010 (Reviewing “Run Away With Me, A Contemporary Cabaret”)
http://dctheatrescene.com/2010/07/15/run-away-with-me-a-contemporary-cabaret/

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For me, two of the most electric performances of the year were Emily Leatha Everson’s “She’s Always A Woman” (about her mother) and Eileen Warner’s “Leavin’ on A Jet Plane,” one of her late husband’s favorite songs. Both women are talented performers, but what I remember was the palpable connection between the audience and the song – there was no question what these songs were about and the performers didn’t embellish or shy away.

Lonny Smith, on Michael Miyazaki’s Cabaret DC blog, January 2009
http://cabaretdc.wordpress.com/2009/01/11/lonny-smiths-open-mic-experience/

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The deadpan face and perfect pitch of Emily Leatha Everson aids the evening’s comedy…

Danielle Martin, DC Theatre Scene, July 2008 (Reviewing “Psycho Cabaret”)

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Emily is named a 2008 Capital Fringe Festival  “Scene Stealer” by Joel Markowitz in July 2008 for her “Psycho Cabaret” performance of “Don’t Touch Me.” Joel says,
“EMILY LEATHA EVERSON, Singing ‘Don’t Touch Me’ from Young Frankenstein at Psycho Cabaret…I despise Mel Brooks’ score for Young Frankenstein, but tonight, you made me love ‘Don’t Touch Me.’ How did you do that?”

Fringe Scene Stealers 3, July 29th, 2008, by Joel Markowitz
http://dctheatrescene.com/2008/07/29/fringe-scene-stealers-3/#more-1868

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Emily Leatha Everson’s a great storyteller and her beautiful, clear voice filled the stage when she sang “Surprise Me” and “Hazel’s House.”

Joel Markowitz, DC Theatre Scene, July 2007
http://dctheatrescene.com/2007/07/21/naked-cabaret/#more-683

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Standouts in the cast were Emily Leatha Everson as Jenny, with a powerful presence and fine singing voice.
Written by Terri Corcoran in the August 2001 “The Review” magazine
For performance as Jenny in THREEPENNY OPERA, JeRM Productions, Washington, DC, performed at Stage III in Poulton Hall of Georgetown University in August of 2001

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Emily Leatha Everson is the guiding star in this musical production.  Her performance as Della, the beautiful young wife is lovely.  Luther Creek as Jim complements her well.  Together they give the gift of love.
Indianapolis Star on Saturday, November 30, 1991
For performance as Della in GIFT OF THE MAGI, Indiana Repertory Theatre

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“…Shy, wonderfully played by senior Emily Leatha Everson.”
Indiana Daily Student, Monday, April 15, 1991
For performance as Shy in BEST LITTLE WHOREHOUSE IN TEXAS, Indiana University Theatre Main Stage

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Emily Leatha Everson is Emily Brennan, Bette’s nervous sister. Everson expresses perfectly the guilt often associated with Catholicism; this woman tries to take responsibility for everything.
Bloomington, IN paper the Herald Times, 1991
For performance as Emily in MARRIAGE OF BETTE AND BOO, Indiana University T300

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Actress Emily Leatha Everson, as Lettie “the saucy maid,” and peppy actress Nicole Brown, as the meddling amateur detective Miss Tweed, are especially adept at conveying the tongue-in-cheek and sassy mood of the show…Everson and actor Joe Wilson, as Flint the lecherous caretaker, deliver one of the show’s highlight numbers in the suggestive duet “Dinghy” – a song in which the maid and the scruffy caretaker plot an escape from the murderous island as Flint sings “I’ve got a little dinghy.”
Bloomington, IN paper the Sunday Herald Times, 1990
For performance as Lettie the Saucy Maid in SOMETHING’S AFOOT, Brown County Playhouse, Nashville, IN

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Related Posts and Pages

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Related Posts and Pages

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Emily’s Theatrical Review Quotes and Audience Comments

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EMILY’S THEATRICAL, CABARET AND SING BOOKS ACHIEVEMENTS

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SING BOOKS WITH EMILY IN THE MEDIA
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2013/10/07/sing-books-with-emily-in-the-media/

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UPCOMING AND PAST PERFORMANCES
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/emilys-upcoming-performances/

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RECORDINGS
For recordings featuring “Sing Books with Emily” and Emily’s cabaret performances, visit:
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/recordings/

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VIDEO
For videos featuring “Sing Books with Emily” and Emily’s cabaret performances, visit:
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/video-series/

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PHOTO GALLERY
Pictures from Emily’s Cabaret, Theatre and Sing Books performances, here:
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/photogallery/

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CABARET
More about Emily’s cabaret performances on “Emily’s Cabaret Page,” here:
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/emily-leatha-eversons-cabaret-page/

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THEATRE, MUSICALS AND VOCAL PERFORMANCES
More about Emily’s Theatrical, Sing Books with Emily and Cabaret Performances, here:
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/emilys-performance-history/

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EMILY’S THEATRICAL, CABARET AND SING BOOKS ACHIEVEMENTS
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2013/10/07/emilys-theatrical-cabaret-and-sing-books-awards-and-achievements/

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EMILY’S PERFORMANCE REMINISCENCES & OTHER CURIOS
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2013/10/07/emilys-performance-reminiscences-other-curios/

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Emily is interviewed by American Food Roots Magazine about her experience with Pie in Indiana (two min. video) in which Emily sings song by her son Mo that ends with blueberry pie (plus a list of SPBs that celebrate pie):
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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Emily with Mitch Miller

http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2010/08/03/honoring-mitch-miller/

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Emily in Wizard of Oz with Phyllis Diller

http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/08/24/thats-hilarious-a-list-of-singable-picture-books-thatll-crack-you-up/

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Emily’s Friend Lauren Weedman on Being an Artist

http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/07/31/crafting-yourself-an-artist/

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Emily’s Dad Morgan Everson Inducted into DePauw University Athletics Hall of Fame (and SPB Dedications)

http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/05/06/a-dedication-to-my-dad/

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Emily and Charles Nelson Reilly
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/09/08/charles-nelson-reilly-and-my-first-cabaret/

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Emily Leatha Everson Nominated for Washington Area Music Association (WAMA) “Wammie” Award in 2011 for 2010 Cabaret Artist Category

http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/01/22/wammie-nomination/

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The Gleichenhaus Family Loves to Visit the White House at Holiday Time

http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2010/12/23/simple-gifts-at-the-white-house/

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Mo Gleichenhaus is a Student of the Fife

http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2010/12/23/take-me-out-to-the-ballgame-a-singable-picture-book-with-a-sing-along-by-mo-playing-fife/

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Emily was Selected and Attended Cabaret Conference at Yale 2003

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Emily Proudly Serves on the DC Cabaret Network Board of Directors (2005-2012)
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2012/01/03/something-im-proud-of-dc-cabaret-network/

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DC Cabaret Network Members’ Only Showcase 2012
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2012/03/30/dc-cabaret-network-members-only-showcase/

On Friday, June 14, 2013 Maggie’s Cabaret celebrated its 10 year anniversary with

MILESTONES: MAGGIE’S CABARET CELEBRATES 10 YEARS

It’s a not so secret secret among performers who have performed there that Maggie’s is the one of the best cabaret rooms in town.  Nowhere do you enjoy a warmer and more engaged audience.  Nowhere do you find a venue that is more supportive of  honest, authentic, personal interpretation of song.

I got to join a cast of  fabulous cabaret performers and musicians:

2013 06 Maggie's Milestones

Back row from left:
Justin Ritchie, Emily Leatha Everson Gleichenhaus, Cindy Hutchins, Doug Bowles, Judy Simmons, Delores King Williams

Front row from left:
Alex Tang, Terri Allen, Steven Cupo, Mike Armstrong, George Fulginiti Shakar

Not Pictured:
Rev. Emily Guthrie

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THE EVENING’S PROGRAM OF SONG

With Alex Tang at the piano:

Doug Bowles sang:
There Ain’t No Sweet Man Worth the Salt of My Tears
Words and Music by Leon Bismark “Bix” Beiderbecke

Terri Allen sang:
May I Suggest?
Words and Music by Susan Werner
(With backup vocals by Justin Ritchie)

Rev. Emily Guthrie sang:
Bewitched, Bothered & Bewildered
Words by Lorenz Heart, Music by Richard Rodgers

Judy Simmons sang:
Broadway Baby
Words and Music by Stephen Sondheim

Judy Simmons and Delores King Williams sang a duet:
When October Goes (Words by Johnny Mercer, Music by Barry Manilow) / Autumn Leaves (English Words by Johnny Mercer, Music by Joseph Kosma)

Delores King Williams sang:
This shall remain a surprise for those going to Signature Sizzlin’ Summer Cabaret Series this summer, Delores sang a number from the Peggy Lee cabaret that she debuted at Maggie’s in Summer 2012 that she will soon perform as part of Signature Theater’s Sizzlin’ Summer Cabaret Series 2013.  All I can tell you is, go to Signature this summer and see her show!

Justin Ritchie sang:
Museums
Words and Music by Steven Lutvak

With George Fulginiti-Shakar at the piano:

Emily Leatha Everson Gleichenhaus sang:
Defying Gravity
Words and Music by Stephen Schwartz

Steven Cupo sang:
Momma a Rainbow (Words by Hal Hackady, Music by Larry Grossman / If I Sing (Words by Richard Maltby, Jr., Music by David Shire)

Cindy Hutchins sang:
Just the Way You Look Tonight
Words by Dorothy Fields, Music by Jerome Kern

Cindy Hutchins and Mike Armstrong sang a duet:
You’re Getting to Be a Habit with Me
Words by Al Dubin, Music by Harry Warren

Mike Armstrong sang:
Sometimes
Words and Music by Henry Mancini

Encore:
CABARET
Words by Fred Ebb, Music by John Kander

With both George and Alex together at the keys, the song was led by Steven Cupo with cast joining half way through, and audience joining towards the end:

Come taste the wine, come hear the band
Come blow your horn start celebrating, Right this way your table’s waiting
No use permitting some prophet of doom to wipe every smile away
Life is a cabaret old chum, Come to the cabaret

Come taste the wine, come hear the band
Come blow your horn start celebrating, Right this way your table’s waiting
Start by admitting from cradle to tomb, it isn’t that long a stay
Life is a cabaret old chum, Only a cabaret old chum
And WE love a cabaret!!!

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Some  Thoughts (published in the program) from the Producers of Maggie’s Cabaret

A word from Artistic Director Cindy Hutchins

I remember fondly when Mike Armstrong and I went over to our former rector’s home and proposed starting a cabaret series at St. Margaret’s. Susan Blue was enthusiastic and said “Let’s call it Maggie’s” and, obviously the name has stuck.

Maggie’s Cabaret presented its first cabaret evening on May 9, 2003. Titled “A Grand Night for Singing,” it featured the four section leaders from St. Margaret’s choir, at that time, with Dr. Theodore Guerrant at the piano. Since then there have been many grand nights of singing in our parish hall.

Tonight is the 30th. I can hardly believe it and am so very grateful to all the singers and pianists from Washington and NY who have given so generously of their time and talent. I am also extremely grateful to the clergy and staff of St. Margaret’s who assist me in making this happen approximately four times a year.

Then there’s Mike Armstrong, my friend and co-producer, who turns this space into a warm and welcoming cabaret hall by coordinating volunteers; buying food, drinks, and flowers; setting up sound, lights and our “stage;” and pulling together numerous other details while always being available to me for advice and brainstorming.

And then, of course, there’s you – St. Margaret’s famously warm audience. Thank you for embracing this series and for making this a place where performers want to perform.

We have 10 singers with us this evening. I purposely did not list the program so that you will have the fun of discovering who is singing tonight. Many, many thanks to all of them and to our pianists Alex Tang and George Fulginiti Shakar. We have the cream of the crop here this evening and I am so excited for you to hear everyone. Most all have sung at Maggie’s at least once in the past. Now please sit back and enjoy these wonderful singers and the songs they have chosen to share with you this evening.

A word from Managing Director Michael Armstrong:

What started as a conversation between the alto in the front row and the tenor in the back row of the St. Margaret’s choir has, unbelievably at times, resulted in a 10-year run of our wonderful Maggie’s Cabaret. When Cindy and I sang together in the choir, we would often grab lunch after and explore our mutual love of the great standards, the songs our parents played for us, and the desire to see a venue in DC that would increase the appreciation and exposure to the art form we call “cabaret.”

I really wasn’t aware that when I saw Bobby Short at the Carlyle, or listened to interpretations by Frank and Ella (and yes, Barbra!), or heard fresh presentations of Broadway tunes, that a whole “cabaret culture” existed. But over the years Cindy has made it a point to expose me to great performers at different shows in DC, and to very carefully select people to build our “brand” at Maggie’s. What a revelation, and what a thrill to hear a live singer, in a great space, close enough to sense their emotion and memorable enough to touch your heart.

Over the years we have seen overflow crowds, watched curious attendees turn into parishioners, and given countless people their first –but not last– exposure to this special thing called cabaret. When we started, the Parish Hall had not been renovated, and we used no microphones or special lighting. We were lucky to pull off one or two shows a year. Now we have four shows a year and a space that just shines. Our original goal of presenting good music and establishing St. Margaret’s as a friendly venue has been exceeded. Many thanks to our loyal volunteers, our donors, and our enthusiastic audiences. It has been a fast and remarkable 10 years!

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Maggie’s Cabaret at
St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church

1830 Connecticut Avenue
Washington, DC 20009
202.232.2995
email: info@stmargaretsdc.org
web: http://www.stmargaretsdc.org/

Cindy Hutchins, Artistic Director

Michael Armstrong, Managing Director

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St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church webpage about the event:
http://www.stmargaretsdc.org/parish-life/recent-events/milestonesmaggiescabaretcelebrates10yearsonjune14th

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I stole this picture from friend Justin’s online post.  He took a picture of the Maggie’s stage at the sound check before the show.  I still love the idea of the “empty space.”   The space here is empty, but oh the magic that was about to take place right there…

2013 06 maggie's soundcheck by justin

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Related Posts

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SBWE Photo Gallery
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/photogallery/

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Emily’s Upcoming (and past) Performances
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/emilys-upcoming-performances/

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Oh, What a Beautiful Day, Sing Books with Emily, the Cabaret
, Friday, June 10, 2011 at Maggie’s Cabaret http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/05/03/an-additional-thought-on-the-educational-mission-of-oh-what-a-beautiful-day-sing-books-with-emily-the-cabaret/

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LOVE STORIES: IT TAKES ALL KINDS, A Valentine Cabaret at Maggie’s Cabaret, Friday, February 1, 2013
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2013/02/09/a-wonderful-night-at-maggies-cabaret-with-love-stories-and-the-songs-we-sang/

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A NEW SEASON: SONGS FOR SUSAN, June 4, 2010 at Maggie’s Cabaret
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2010/06/08/a-new-season-songs-for-susan-and-the-songs-we-sang/

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Performer’s Note

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Before I began writing this blog in November of 2009, I performed my one-woman cabaret show IT’S A JUNGLE OUT THERE (music directed by the over-the-top fabulous Howard Breitbart) in June of 2009 at Maggie’s Cabaret and I am proud to have performed in at least 3 other group cabarets at Maggie’s in addition to the others listed here.  Maggie’s is a wonderful place and I wish it MUCH success and many, many more years and I hope that in those years, I’ll get to perform there lots and lots.  My heartfelt and jubilant congratulations to Michael and Cindy for their incredible work making it all happen and to the community at St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church which has lovingly opened its arms to the artists of cabaret and has nurtured its neighborhood and congregation.


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