Sing Books with Emily, the Blog

SINGABLE HIKE PROGRAM
(Details below)

  1. Visit Smithsonian Museum of American History. Explore the flag exhibit and learn the story of the flag and the song.
  2. Sing THE STAR SPANGLED BANNER  (need permission to sing indoors)
  3. Hike to the Lincoln Memorial
  4. Arrive at  Lincoln Memorial, explore and read THE GETTYSBURG ADDRESS inscribed on interior wall
  5. Sing THE GETTYSBURG ADDRESS (permit  required to sing on the steps)

1: Explore The Star Spangled Banner exhibit at the Smithsonian Museum of American History
Arrive at the Smithsonian Museum of American History. Explore the flag exhibit and learn the story of the flag and the song.  An atmosphere of quite respect is maintained inside the exhibit.  You will see artifacts from the War of 1812. You will see the actual flag the original poem was written about, how it was made and who kept it after the battle was over.

2: Sing THE STAR SPANGLED BANNER  (need permission to sing indoors)
Stand outside of the exhibit and look at THE ABSTRACT FLAG and sing THE STAR SPANGLED BANNER in your head if you have not obtained permission to sing the song out loud.  You will need permission to sing out loud inside the museum.  As an alternative, you might exit the building and sing the song while standing outside the museum.

3: Hike to the Lincoln Memorial
The hike from the Smithsonian Museum of American History  to the Lincoln Memorial is about 1 mile.  Leave the museum through the doors on the  National Mall side of the building.  Walk up the paths down the center of the National Mall.  You will pass the Washington Monument, the WWII Memorial and the Reflecting Pool.  Look straight ahead and you will see the  Lincoln Memorial.

4: Arrive at  Lincoln Memorial, explore and read THE GETTYSBURG ADDRESS inscribed on interior wall
It is an awesome experience to walk up the steps of the Lincoln Memorial and look into the interior of the memorial to see the huge marble sculpture of our great president.  I love to see his hands, one that looks very much to me like it is making the ASL sign for A while the other hand makes what looks like the ASL sign for L.  While facing the President Lincoln, look to your left.  The Gettysburg Address is engraved on the wall.  Sing or read it in your head, always being respectful of those around you.

5: Sing THE GETTYSBURG ADDRESS (permit required to sing on steps)
Sing THE GETTYSBURG ADDRESS.  You will need to obtain permission from the National Park Service to sing on the steps of the memorial (but never inside where an atmosphere of quiet respect is maintained).  You might like to walk down the steps stand by the Reflecting Pool and look up at the memorial to sing the song.

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As part of the SINGABLE HIKE in Washington, DC, on march 16, 2014, the families of Girl Scout Troop 2740 visited the Smithsonian Museum of American History flag exhibit and then had permission to sing THE STAR SPANGLED BANNER.  It was wonderful and inspiring experience!

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Girl Scout Troop 2740 Families sing THE STAR SPANGLED BANNER at the Smithsonian Museum of American History on March 16, 2014

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LyyjS4sKI8c

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The Gettysburg Address engraved on the wall of the Lincoln Memorial on 3/16/2014 as seen by the girls of Troop 2740 during the Singable Hike.
Gburg Adr @ Linc Mem 2014 03 16

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THE STAR SPANGLED BANNER, a Patriotic Girl Scout Song for Troop 2740
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Washington DC Singable Hike #1: STAR SPANGLED BANNER (at SMAH) and GETTYSBURG ADDRESS  (at LM) 
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I was asked to write a tune for the Tuckahoe Elementary Discover Schoolyard Outdoor Classroom using rules written by Tuckahoe students.

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Tuckahoe Discovery Schoolyard Rules Tune
THE TUCKAHOE ELEMENTARY DISCOVERY SCHOOLYARD OUTDOOR CLASSROOM RULES TUNE PRINTABLE SONG SHEET (WITH GUITAR CHORDS)
TEDSOCRT, for Short
Rules by Students of Tuckahoe Elementary School in Arlington, VA
Additional Words by Emily Gleichenhaus
Tune by Emily Gleichenhaus
Accompaniment Track Prepared by Paul Raiman of www.MyRehearsalPianist.com
Sing along with the instrumental accompaniment:

To view or print this song sheet, click here:
Tuckahoe Discovery Schoolyard Rules Tune

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TEDSOCRT_rev_3_31
THE TUCKAHOE ELEMENTARY DISCOVERY SCHOOLYARD OUTDOOR CLASSROOM RULES TUNE (TEDSOCRT) PRINTABLE SHEET MUSIC
Rules by Students of Tuckahoe Elementary School in Arlington, VA
Additional Words by Emily Gleichenhaus
Tune by Emily Gleichenhaus
Accompaniment Track Prepared by Paul Raiman of www.MyRehearsalPianist.com
Sing along with the instrumental accompaniment:

To view or print the sheet music PDF, click here:
TEDSOCRT_rev_3_31

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I wrote the tune using my guitar and sent a scratch recording of me singing the song plus a PDF of the song sheet I made for the tune which included the words and guitar chords to Paul Raiman of www.MyRehearsalPianist.com.  He used what I sent him to create a musical accompaniment sing-along track and a printable PDF musical lead sheet that includes the melody, lyrics and guitar chords.

Paul’s skills amaze and delight me.  Now we can sing the song and kids at the school can sing the rules!

I also want to thank my guitar teacher Josh Walker.  He suggested a couple alternate chords that I liked very much and he’s the reason I was able to use my guitar to make and play the tune.

Working with marvelous musicians (even on a sweet, simple little tune) is a little slice of musical heaven.

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I accidentally pushed the WordPress PUBLISH button when I wasn’t quite ready.

But have decided not to UNpublish this clearly half-baked post.

The plan is, as is the plan, really, with every post in this blog, to keep adding to it as info, ideas and inspiration arise.

What’s fer sher is that this is a delightful song and kids would LOVE it…and get a little geography lesson too boot.

I’m going to find a way to make a book for this deeeeeeelightful song.

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As sung by the Glenn Miller Band

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I’VE GOT A GAL IN KALAMAZOO wiki:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/(I’ve_Got_a_Gal_In)_Kalamazoo

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I’VE GOT A GAL IN KALAMAZOO
Words and Music by Mack Gordon and Harry Warren 

Hi there Tex, how’s your new romance?
The one you met at the campus dance.

Wait until you see her you’ll agree,
My hometown gal’s the only one for me.

A-B-C-D-E-F-G-H I got a gal in Kalamazoo,
Don’t wanna boast,
But I know she’s the toast
Of Kalamazoo-zoo-zoo-zoo-zoo-zoo.

Years have gone by, my, my, how she grew,
I liked her looks
When I carried her books
In Kalamazoo-zoo-zoo-zoo-zoo.

I’m gonna send a wire,
Hoppin’ on a flyer,
Leavin’ today;
Am I dreamin’?
I can hear her screamin’,
“Hiya, Mister Jackson” ev’rything’s O-K-A-L-A-M-A-Z-O

Oh, what a gal, a real pipperoo;
I’ll make my bid
For that freckle-faced kid,
I’m hurryin’ to.
I’m goin’ to Michigan to see the sweetest gal in Kalamazoo.

A-B-C-D-E-F-G-H I got a gal in Kalamazoo,
Don’t wanna boast,
But I know she’s the toast
Of Kalamazoo-zoo-zoo-zoo-zoo-zoo.

Years have gone by, my, my, how she grew,
I liked her looks
When I carried her books
In Kalamazoo-zoo-zoo-zoo-zoo.

I’m gonna send a wire,
Hoppin’ on a flyer,
Leavin’ today;
Am I dreamin’?
I can hear her screamin’,
“Hiya, Mister Jackson” ev’rything’s O-K-A-L-A-M-A-Z-O

Oh, what a gal, a real pipperoo;
I’ll make my bid
For that freckle-faced kid,
I’m hurryin’ to.
I’m goin’ to Michigan to see the sweetest gal in Kalamazoo-zoo-zoo-zoo,
Zoo, Kalamazoo

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It’s been a LONG and COLD Winter of 2014 here in Arlington, VA.  I kept missing the opportunity to photo the icicles that hung by our porch wall at various times this entire winter and finally had my camera in hand after the last snow storm.

When icicles hang by the wall SBWE ELEG 2014 03 - Copy

And, of course, whenever I see icicles hanging by walls, I think of THE WINTER SONG (also sometimes called WHEN ICICLES HANG BY THE WALL) by William Shakespeare.

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Winter Song
Poem by William Shakespeare
From Shakespeare’s play LOVE’S LABOUR’S LOST
Introduction by Alice Provensen
Illustrated by Melanie Hall
Sing-along with Emily’s instrumental, prepared by Paul Raiman (www.MyRehearsalPianist.com)

(This poem may also be known as “Winter Song,” “Winter’s Song,” “Winter,” “Owl Song,” and, by its first line, “When icicles hang by the wall”)

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WINTER

Singable Picture Books for Winter
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CHRISTMAS

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SWEET SUFFOLK OWL, A SINGABLE PICTURE BOOK
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In early 2014, I lead a Girl Scout troop meeting to earn the Musician Badge and created this document to support my efforts. Developing this primer, my focus was to share some of what I’ve learned, techniques I’ve developed, and some of my personal practices for music making.

Today, I hope is that this information will be helpful to anyone who wants to sing a song for others.

how to sing a song bird

The process in this document is based on the cabaret process and technique I’ve developed over many years in order to sing a song with honesty, authenticity and a unique vision.  This cabaret style also applies to my work with Sing Books with Emily.  For me, the only difference between singing in a Cabaret or Sing Books performance (or in any instance in which I would share a song with others) is the venue and the age of the majority of the audience…and that I’m often holding a book/illustration of the song.  Otherwise, my approach is the same.

This technique, with a bit of tweaking, also works largely for crafting songs as a character in a musical.  It is a time-worn technique for actors to find what is similar within themselves and work that into the crafting and performing of their characters (and thus the songs they sing).   I’ve heard it said that cabaret performers make terrific performers in musicals, but musical performers don’t necessarily make good cabaret performers.  The focus of a good cabaret performance, or in my view, any performance of a song for others, is knowledge of the material, a personal vision for the song,  and a story to tell.  This creates a true, simple, honest and authentic performance-gift to give to those who will sit with you to hear what you have to sing.

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HOW TO SING A SONG (a primer by Mrs. G) cover only
How to Sing a Song for Performance or Just for Fun (a Primer)
By Emily Gleichenhaus, Sing Books with Emily
To view or print this document, click here:
HOW TO SING A SONG (a primer by Mrs. G)

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This is post with books of song lyrics (no pictures and no printed music), and links to online lyric resources.

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Penguin Book of Carols

Edited by Ian Bradley
This book is not illustrated, but it contains song history and lyrics for 100 Christmas carols…many which have been made into Singable Picture Books.

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reading lyrics Robert Gottlieb, Robert Kimball
Reading Lyrics
More Than 1,000 of the Century’s Finest Lyrics–a Celebration of Our Greatest Songwriters, a Rediscovery of Forgotten Masters, and an Appreciation of an Extraordinary, Popular Art Form
Edited and Compiled by Robert Gotlieb and Robert Kimball

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Links to Free Online Songbooks (that could not be linked to Pinterest)

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This link has Camp Zanika’s Camp Song Songbook:
http://www.zanika.net/files/documents/Zanika_Song_Book.pdf

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LULLABIES: ILLUSTRATED LULLABIES IN COMPILATIONS
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This list is populated by books that compile printed music and illustrations for children’s songs

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MOTHER GOOSE AND NURSERY RHYME COMPILATIONS

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POETRY SINGABLE POETRY IN COMPILATIONS

An list of  singable poems from compilations of poetry for children
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POETRY, SINGABLE POETRY IN INDIVIDUALLY ILLUSTRATED SINGABLE PICTURE BOOKS
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GIRL SCOUT SONGBOOK
http://brownietroop2740.wordpress.com/girl-scouts-songs-troop-2740/

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SONGBOOKS WITH LYRICS ONLY
Songbooks and Collections of Children’s Song Lyrics (with or without illustrations, but no music)
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