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Welcome to the Sing Books with Emily Singable Picture Book set:
Oh, What a Beautiful Day: Sing Books with Emily, the Cabaret

Click here for information about Emily’s one-hour, one-woman cabaret show:

http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/sing-books-with-emily-the-cabaret/
This link includes cover images and links to posts about each book.

To sing this song as a set, depicting the journey through someone’s adventurous day, follow this order:

  1. Oh, What a Beautiful Morning
  2. Over the Rainbow
  3. I Whistle a Happy Tune
  4. Late for School
  5. A-You’re Adorable
  6. Hello Muddah, Hello Faddah
  7. Inch by Inch (The Garden Song)
  8. The Swing
  9. All God’s Critters
  10. The Surrey with the Fringe on Top
  11. I Love You a Bushel and a Peck
  12. New York State of Mind
  13. Sunshine on My Shoulders
  14. Teddy Bear’s Picnic
  15. Rubber Duckie
  16. I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas
  17. Halfway Down
  18. Fox Went Out on a Chilly Night
  19. Yellow Submarine
  20. Last Song

Download a PDF of the song order table which includes clocks to give the time of day for each song and lyricist and composer credit:

Click here to download or print this page:
SBWE Cabaret PROGRAM 2 song list

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Related Posts

OH, WHAT A BEAUTIFUL DAY: SING BOOKS WITH EMILY, THE CABARET
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/sing-books-with-emily-the-cabaret/

SONG/BOOK SETS
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/songbook-sets/


Portrait by Eloise G. 2010

Come to Emily’s new show,
Oh, What a Beautiful Day: Sing Books with Emily, the Cabaret.
This show is for EVERYBODY, a cabaret for families, created for children and adults to enjoy together.  It is loaded with funny, delightful and inspiring songs, encompassing music from Broadway to pop, written by songwriters like Rodgers and Hammerstein, Billy Joel, and Steve Martin!  And, all the songs come from the Singable Picture Book catalogue.

WORLD PREMIERE at
Tuckahoe Elementary School, Saturday, June 4 at 11am

Saturday, June 4, 2011 at 11am
Tuckahoe Elementary School
6550 N. 26th Street
Arlington, VA 22213
More info here: http://www.apsva.us/tuckahoe/site/default.asp

Tickets for the performance at Tuckahoe will be $5 per person or “pay what you can” per family.

A portion of the proceeds from this performance will go to benefit the Tuckahoe Elementary School PTA.


Print this informational flyer for the June 4 performance by clicking here:
sbwe cabaret promo flyer 2011 06 04 Tuckahoe

Oh, What a Beautiful Day: Sing Books with Emily, the Cabaret

Written and Performed by Emily Leatha Everson Gleichenhaus

Directed by Judy Simmons

Musical Direction by Alex Tang

Sound Design by Jeff Tucker

It is a truly GORGEOUS morning in Arlington, VA.  Ahhhhh, I feel a song coming on…

When the movie for the groundbreaking Rodgers and Hammerstein musical opens, we see rapturous blue skies and fields heavy with crops.  Then we see handsome Gordon MacRae astride a horse as he breaks into the jubilant “Oh, What a Beautiful Morning” in his gorgeous baritone.

What a wonderful way to start a movie!


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_cGS4fkvifs

The story of “Oklahoma” comes from the play “Green Grown the Lilacs,” and the story remains nearly the same, with a few changes and embellishments for the musical.  The play did include some folk music, but all new music and lyrics were written for “Oklahoma” by the greats Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II.

The musical “Oklahoma,” opened in 1943 on Broadway and was Rodgers and Hammerstein’s first project together.

Although I wish this wonderful song had been given its own individual and complete treatment, we CAN sing a segment of “Oh, What a Beautiful Morning” in,

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“Oh, What a Beautiful Morning”
from

Getting to Know You
Words by Oscar Hammerstein II
Music by Richard Rodgers
Illustrated by Rosemary Wells
Published by HarperCollinsPublishers, New York, 2002
ISBN 0-06-626845-5

Getting to Know You contains illustrations and lyrics for 16 Rodgers and Hammerstein songs.  The book features thoughts from the children of Rogers and Hammerstein, Mary Rogers and William Hammerstein, and from the illustrator Rosemary Wells, articulating the importance and social relevance of Singable Picture Books.

“Oh, What a Beautiful Morning” appears in the first pages of the book, but only the first verse and chorus are included:

Oh, What a Beautiful Morning
Words by Oscar Hammerstein II
Music by Richard Rodgers
From the Musical OKLAHOMA

There’s a bright golden haze on the meadow.
There’s a bright golden haze on the meadow.
The corn is as high as an elephant’s eye,
And it look like it’s climbin’ right up to the sky.

Oh, what a beautiful morning.
Oh, what a beautiful day.
I’ve got a beautiful feelin’,
Everythin’s goin’ my way.

The title of my show, “Oh, What a Beautiful Day: Sing Books with Emily, the Cabaret” comes from this song.  I was excited to stumble upon the idea to use this line from the song as the title of my show because the show’s songs fit in an order which takes us through a day in song (from morning songs like “Late for School” to afternoon songs like “Sunshine on My Shoulders” to nighttime songs like “Fox Went Out on a Chilly Night.”  Plus, it was fun that “Day” rhymes with “Cabaret” and that the lyric is also sung in the show.

Here are the complete lyrics:

Oh, What a Beautiful Morning
Words by Oscar Hammerstein II
Music by Richard Rodgers
From the Musical OKLAHOMA

There’s a bright golden haze on the meadow.
There’s a bright golden haze on the meadow.
The corn is as high as an elephant’s eye,
And it look like it’s climbin’ right up to the sky.

Oh, what a beautiful morning.
Oh, what a beautiful day.
I’ve got a beautiful feelin’,
Everythin’s goin’ my way.

All the cattle are standing like statues,
All the cattel are standing like statues,
They don’t turn their heads as they see me ride by.
But a little brown mav’rick is winking her eye.

Oh, what a beautiful morning.
Oh, what a beautiful day.
I’ve got a beautiful feelin’,
Everythin’s goin’ my way.

All the sounds of the earth are like music,
All the sounds of the earth are like music,
The breeze is so busy it don’t miss a tree,
And an ol’ Weepin’ Willer is laughin’ at me.

Oh, what a beautiful morning.
Oh, what a beautiful day.
I’ve got a beautiful feelin’,
Everythin’s goin’ my way.

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I’m thrilled to write that “Oh, What a Beautiful Morning” is one of the songs we selected to be part of
Oh, What a Beautiful Day: Sing Books with Emily, the Cabaret.” 

I make a strong committment to each song I perform and completing my Song Craft Worksheet is part of that process,


 Emily’s Song Craft Worksheet

Because the first section of the Song Craft Worksheet involves background research on the song, I’ll share the answers with you so you can know about the song, too.  The more about the song you know (both concrete facts and less tangible artistic choices), the more “authority,” and heart and soul you can put into the singing and sharing of the song with others.  If you are interested in improving your artistic abilities for singing songs in any capacity, just simply filling out the Song Craft Worksheet is a great place to start!  After the background research, the rest of the Song Craft Worksheet gets VERY personal…don’t worry!  I won’t bore you with that.

1 Q: Who wrote the words?
1 A: Oscar Hammerstein II

2Q: Who wrote the music?
2A: Richard Rodgers

3Q: When was the song written?
3A: 1943

4Q: At what point in the lyricists’ and composer’s career was the song written?
4A: It was written after they’d both enjoyed much success in their careers, but this was the very beginning of an illustrious collaboration

5Q: What is the song from?
5A: The musical, “OKLAHOMA”

6Q: If from a show, what character sang it?
6A: Curly

7Q: If from a show, from what situation does the song arise?  Why does the character sing the song?  What function does the song/character play in the story?
7A: At the very beginning of the show, we are introduced the character of Curly, with a glimmer of his inner life and self-confidence and the high hopes he’s got to win the girl.

8Q:  What other contextual elements of the song are significant?
8A: Curly is on the way to see the girl he fancies.

9Q: Was the song written for a particular singer?  Why?
9A: The song was written to open the show…however, they may have had someone in mind…

10Q: If not from a show, why did the songwriter write the song?
10A:  NA

11Q: What do you feel the lyricist is trying to say?
11A: The jubilance of a gorgeous day and how that makes a person feel hopeful and alive, with the undercurrent of hope and looking forward to something one wishes for…

12Q: Does the song tell a story or just express feelings or ideas?
12A: The song describes a time and a place.  It tells the story of a present moment, in doing so, it expresses the jubilance of the singer.

13Q:  Look Up Newspaper Articles and Reviews
13A: This musical is generally accepted as a groundbreaking piece of American Theatre, with songs which have become touchstones of the Great American Songbook.

14Q: Who else has recorded this song:
14A: Ray Charles (GREAT!), James Taylor, Rosemary Clooney (YUM), Debra Holly (YES!), Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby (and a female companion in duet with ensemble), Glenn Miller Orchestra (and many others) 

The rest of the questions require VERY personal answers and I will spare you those!

Hugh Jackman singing in the 1998 revival of Oklahoma

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SZbAKYQkP_Q&feature=fvsr

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Related Posts:

GETTING TO KNOW YOU, A BOOK WITH 16 RODGERS AND HAMMERSTEIN SONGS:
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/04/04/getting-to-know-you-a-singable-picture-book-with-16-songs-by-rodgers-and-hammerstein/

OH, WHAT A BEAUTIFUL MORNING, A SONG IN A SINGABLE PICTURE BOOK:
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/04/03/oh-what-a-beautiful-morning-a-song-in-a-singable-picture-book/

SINGABLE PICTURE BOOK CELEBRATING LOVE FOR VALENTINE’S DAY
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/02/14/singable-picture-books-celebrating-love-for-valentines-day/

SINGABLE PICTURE BOOKS FOR CHRISTMAS:
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2010/11/28/singable-picture-books-for-christmas/

SURREY WITH THE FRINGE ON TOP, A SINGABLE PICTURE BOOK:
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2010/08/21/surrey-with-the-fringe-on-the-top-a-singable-book/

SONGS FOR SUMMER, A LIST OF SUMMERY SINGALBE PICTURE BOOKS:
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2010/07/15/songs-for-summer-a-list-of-summery-singable-picture-books/

SINGABLE PICTURE BOOK LISTS FOR ALL OCCASIONS:
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/song-book-lists-for-all-occasions/

GETTING TO KNOW YOU, “DITES-MOI”
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2010/04/20/getting-to-know-you-dites-moi/

SINGABLE PICTURE BOOKS OF RODGERS AND HAMMERSTEIN SONGS:
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2010/04/10/a-few-favorite-singable-books-part-59-rodgers-hammerstein/

OH, WHAT A BEAUTIFUL DAY: SING BOOKS WITH EMILY, THE CABARET:
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/sing-books-with-emily-the-cabaret/

Spring can’t come fast enough!  We shuffled off the blues with a few good tunes!

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The Sparrow
Words and Music by Jill Leger
Illustrated by Jill Leger
Sing-Along on Youtube with a karaoke video of “The Sparrow”: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hlxqa-eXTVw
Hear Emily’s recording of “The Sparrow” on: http://soundcloud.com/singbookswithemily/the-sparrow-eleg-by-jill-leger

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I Love you A Bushel and a Peck

Words and Music by Frank Loesser
Illustrated by Rosemary Wells

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I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas
Words and Music by John Rox
Illustrations by Bruce Whatley

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The Marvelous Toy
Words and Music by Tom Paxton
Illustrated by Steve Cox
(This book is a far and away favorite with the Kindergarten set. It comes with a wonderful CD that has Tom Paxton singing on one track with a separate instrumental track, including a clearly played melody line, so you can sing solo…a wonderful edition!)

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Last Song (A Lullaby)
Words by James Guthrie
Music by Emily Everson Gleichenhaus and Paul Raiman
Illustrated by Eric Rohmann

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Over the Rainbow

Words and Music by Harold Arlen and E. Y. Harburg
Illustrated by Eric Puybaret

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Puff the Magic Dragon
Words and Music by Peter Yarrow and Lenny Lipton
Illustrated by Eric Puybaret

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Fox Went Out on a Chilly Night

Traditional Words and Tune
Illustrated by Peter Spier

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I Love Trash” from

The Songs of Sesame Street in Poems and Pictures

Words (and Music) by Various Artists
Illustrated by Normand Chartier

SING BOOKS WITH EMILY, THE CABARET
Saturday, June 4, 2011 at 11 am

I’m thrilled to announce that the show to fulfill my grant obligation to the Arlington County Commission for the Arts will be performed,

Saturday, June 4, 2011
11 am
Tuckahoe Elementary School
6550 N. 26th St, Arlington, VA 22213

Ticket price is $5 per person, or “pay what you can” per family.

Sing Books with Emily, the Cabaret
Written and Performed by Emily Leatha Everson Gleichenhaus
Directed by Judy Simmons
Musical Direction by Alex Tang

Sing Books with Emily, the Cabaret is a show for everyone no matter what age.  Let’s gather together for joy and adventure, celebrating the wonderful world of Singable Picture Books, with songs from a wide range of genres including folk, pop and broadway by writers like Steve Martin, Billy Joel and Frank Loesser.

I have created a blog page especially for
Sing Books with Emily, the Cabaret:
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/sing-books-with-emily-the-cabaret/
Here you’ll find information about the show, upcoming performances and the Singable Picture Books that go with the songs.

Sing Books with Emily, the Cabaret is supported in part by Arlington County through the Arlington Commission for the Arts and the Cultural Affairs Division of the Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources.

More information about Arlington County Cultural Affairs Division at: 
www.ArlingtonArts.org

PS:  A special thanks to Ms. Moran and Pricipal Brown for their support in setting this date.

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Casey at the Bat (A Ballad of the Republic Sung in the Year 1888)
Poem by Ernest L. Thayer
Set to Music by Various Artists
Illustrated by C. F. Payne
This book features pages of historical information.

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Give My Regards to Broadway
Words and Music by George M. Cohan
Edited by Barbie Heit Schwaeber
Illustrated by Carol Newsom
This book features pages of historical information and printed music.

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Home on the Range
Poem by Dr. Brewster M. Higley
Music by Daniel E. Kelly
This book features pages of historical information and printed music.

My favorite section of the New York Times on Sunday is the Book Review.


NY Times Book Review Illustration by Tina Berning, Dec. 2010

This past Sunday, the cover story went to an article (written by one of my heroes, Prairie Home Companion’s Garrison Keillor) about the publication of Mark Twain’s Autobiography.  Mr. Keillor points out that Mr. Twain has a comment or two about people he meets, including Robert Louis Stevenson.

Because so many of Robert Louis Stevenson’s poems from “A Child’s Garden of Verses” have been set to music, I have come to learn a few things about him, have seen many portraits and photographs made of his likeness, and have become quite smitten with him.

It would seem that Mark Twain, very luck to have met Mr. Stevenson (and visa-versa), was taken with the author-poet as well, saying,
“His splendid eyes…burned with a smoldering rich fire under the penthouse of his brows, and they made him beautiful.”


Portrait of Robert Louis Stevenson by G. P. Nerli, 1892

Oh, it makes me just melt.

It makes me want to sing a song…one of my favorites…

The Swing
By Robert Louis Stevenson
From “A Child’s Garden of Verses

How do you like to go up in a swing,
Up in the air so blue?
Oh, I do think it the pleasantest thing
Ever a child can do!

Up in the air and over the wall,
Till I can see so wide,
River and trees and cattle and all
Over the countryside

Till I look down on the garden green,
Down on the roof so brown
Up in the air I go flying again,
Up in the air and down!

You can find an excellent waltz tune for singing this poem, sung “The Cedarmont Kids,” here:
http://www.amazon.com/The-Swing/dp/B0013AJ4JE/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1293737796&sr=8-2
(Track 16 of Disk 3)

Link to my post about The Swing and E.B. White’s barn swing in Charlotte’s Web:
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2010/07/29/swinging-with-e-b-w-and-r-l-s/

Link to my post about A Child’s Garden of Verses:
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2010/03/28/a-childs-garden-of-verses-singable-poems-by-robert-louis-stevenson/

Link to Garrison Keillor’s article about Mark Twain’s Autobiography:
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/12/19/books/review/Keillor-t.html




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