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SING BOOKS WITH EMILY
Saturday, January 12, 2019
10:30-11am

Reston Regional Library
11925 Bowman Towne Dr.
Reston, VA 20190

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EMILY’S UPCOMING (AND PAST) PERFORMANCES
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EMILY’S SING BOOKS REPERTOIRE
The Sing Books with Emily Repertoire of Illustrated Song
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/the-sing-books-with-emily-repertoire-of-illustrated-song/

SING BOOKS WITH EMILYThursday, December 27, 20182:30-3pmChantilly Regional Library

SING BOOKS WITH EMILY

Thursday, December 27, 2018
2:30-3pm

Chantilly Regional Library
4000 Stringfellow Rd
Chantilly, VA, 20151-2628
703-502-3883 ext 4

No Registration Required – Please Join Us!
Free for all ages!

For more information:

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EMILY’S SING BOOKS REPERTOIRE
The Sing Books with Emily Repertoire of Illustrated Song
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/the-sing-books-with-emily-repertoire-of-illustrated-song/

SING BOOKS WITH EMILYSaturday, December 15, 201811-11:30amMary Riley Styles Library

 

SING BOOKS WITH EMILY

Saturday, December 15, 2018
11-11:30am
Mary Riley Styles Library
120 N Virginia Ave
Falls Church, VA 22046
(703) 248-5030

More information, here:
http://www.fallschurchva.gov/424/Library

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The Sing Books with Emily Repertoire of Illustrated Song
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I’m a fan of The Muppets in general, and I absolutely love Emmet Otter’s Jug-Band Christmas.  There’s something extra special about it. And from this special, there’s something extra extra special about the song WHEN THE RIVER MEETS THE SEA.

January 2019:
During Holiday Time 2018, my friend Matt posted something on his Facebook page about this early Muppet special.  I read a wonderful article written about it’s newly released soundtrack. Especially inspiring was what what written about the song WHEN THE RIVER MEETS THE SEA. Jim Henson specifically requested this song be sun at his funeral and the article includes a link to a video of the puppeteers singing it. I did some research and my brain went to work.  We’ll see where the river flows from here…

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WHEN THE RIVER MEETS THE SEA
Music and Lyrics by Paul Williams

When the mountain touches the valley
All the clouds are taught to fly
As our souls will leave this land most peacefully
Though our minds be filled with questions
In our hearts we’ll understand
When the river meets the sea

Like a flower that has blossomed
In the dry & barren sand
We are born & born again most gracefully
Thus the winds of time will take us
With a sure and steady hand
When the river meets the sea

Patience, my brother and patience, my son
In that sweet and final hour
Truth and justice will be done

Like a baby when it is sleeping
In its loving mother’s arms
What a newborn baby dreams is a mystery
But his life will find a purpose
And in time he’ll understand
When the river meets the sea

When the river meets the almighty sea

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Ukulele Chords in the Key of D

WHEN THE RIVER MEETS THE SEA
Music and Lyrics by Paul Williams
Arrangement for Ukulele by ELEG for SBWE

 

D                                                  D7
When the mountain touches the valley
G
All the clouds are taught to fly
D                                                           A A7
Thus our souls will leave this land most peacefully
D                              D7
Though our minds be filled with questions
G                           Em
In our hearts we’ll understand
D      A7           G D Em D
When the river meets the sea

 

D                      D7
Like a flower that has blossomed
G
In the dry & barren sand
D                                                A A7
We are born & born again most gracefully
D                          D7
Thus the winds of time will take us
G                        Em
With a sure and steady hand
D      A7            G D Em D
When the river meets the sea

 

G                                        D
Patience, my brother ,and patience, my son
E7
In that sweet and final hour
A7
Truth and justice will be done

 

D                          D7
Like a baby when she is sleeping
G
In her loving mother’s arms
D                                                  A A7
What a newborn baby dreams is a mystery
D                    D7
But her life will find a purpose
G                          Em
And in time she’ll understand

D      A7           G D Em D
When the river meets the sea

 

D      A7            G D Em  D
When the river meets the almighty sea

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Ukulele Chords in the Key of C

I originally thought to sing the song in the key of D.  But then I decided that was too high for the song.  For this song, I wanted less of a soprano sound and more of a home spun sound.

WHEN THE RIVER MEETS THE SEA
Music and Lyrics by Paul Williams
Arrangement for Ukulele by ELEG for SBWE

C                                                  C7
When the mountain touches the valley
F
All the clouds are taught to fly
C                                                           G G7
Thus our souls will leave this land most peacefully
C                              C7
Though our minds be filled with questions
F                           Dm
In our hearts we’ll understand
C      G7           F C Dm C
When the river meets the sea

 

C                      C7
Like a flower that has blossomed
F
In the dry & barren sand
C                                                G G7
We are born & born again most gracefully
C                          C7
Thus the winds of time will take us
F                        Dm
With a sure and steady hand
C      G7            F C Dm C
When the river meets the sea

 

F                                        C
Patience, my brother, and patience, my son
D7
In that sweet and final hour
G7
Truth and justice will be done

 

C                          C7
Like a baby when she is sleeping
F
In her loving mother’s arms
C                                                  G G7
What a newborn baby dreams is a mystery
C                    C7
But her life will find a purpose
F                          Dm
And in time she’ll understand
C      G7           F C Dm C
When the river meets the sea

 

C      G7             F C Dm  C
When the river meets the almighty sea

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ONLINE INFO AND RESOURCES

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12/6/2018, Paul Williams is interviewed about making the music for the show and of WHERE THE RIVER MEETS THE SEA, which was sung at Jim Henson’s request at Jim Henson’s funeral:
https://www.yahoo.com/entertainment/paul-williams-talks-lost-emmet-otters-jug-band-christmas-muppet-soundtrack-one-favorite-things-ive-ever-done-202011787.html?soc_src=social-sh&soc_trk=fb&fbclid=IwAR0tidUwRuw2GY5A9VEIUUKs2wveYl1eWhyK8Rwg91hkbek_jgv5fKmMgS8

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“Puppeteers Jerry Nelson and Louise Gold sing “When the River Meets the Sea” at Jim Henson’s memorial service at St. John’s Cathedral in New York on May 21, 1990”

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John Denver sings WHEN THE RIVER MEETS THE SEA with the Muppets for their Christmas special

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SUPPORT SONGS

  • RIVER (Words and Music by Bill Staines)
  • MOON RIVER (by Words by Johnny Mercer, Music by Henry Mancini)
  • RIVER SONG (Words and Music by The Farewell Drifters)

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Scratch recording of Emily’s arrangement

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SONG STUDIES
Not illustrated, but these are songs I latched on to and wanted to explore.
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2014/09/22/emilys-song-studies/

BABY ITS COLD OUTSIDE
12/8/2018

Interesting bit about BABY ITS COLD OUTSIDE w info from composer/lyricist Fran Loesser’s daughter Susan. She says he wrote the song for he and his wife to sing at parties. In the 40’s, before TV, people dos this all the time. Sit around the piano (or guitar, fiddle or ukulele) and sing songs together.

https://chicago.suntimes.com/entertainment/baby-its-cold-outside-composers-daughter-its-not-a-date-rape-song/

I have a few thoughts.

First, every song is unavoidably going to be judged according to the context, cultural understanding, and news cycle of the day in which it is being sung. There’s nothing you can do about that. People will hear and see things and react to them and not care one wit about the song’s historical context.

However, if you would like to truly UNDERSTAND and appreciate the song, you have to also research all the cultural and contextual elements that surrounded the writer. The song writer had personal experience and context that he/she drew upon to write the song. Or maybe the song was written for a show. And all this is will also be unavoidably get pickled in the juice of whatever was going on in the cultural at the time.

Things meant and had different connotations then that are different from now. “What’s in this drink?” Is a perfect example. Another that comes up for me, in my Sing Books work, is for THE OWL AND THE PUSSYCAT. The poem has a wonderful musical setting. It’s a fanciful, progressive, marvelously written poem by Edward Lear in early 1870’s. It frequently uses the word, “pussy,” referring to the cat. I can’t sing that song for kids beyond 1st grade. It’s such a shame. But that’s how it is.

Second, as a result of all that, not every song is going to play well for every generation of people. We are in a time and place, based on current events and the issues with which our culture is currently struggling, when BABY ITS COLD OUTSIDE just pushes the wrong buttons, triggering painful experiences. Maybe in 20 or 30 years it’ll get rediscovered and enjoyed, while being sung from a different perspective.

As a performer, if I were singing the song, I’d have to consider the whole of the song. What the words say. What those words mean to us now and what they meant when they were written. And, since it’s a duet, I’d have to consider the dynamic between the two characters. Context, setting, motivation, and relationship are key.

As the woman character in the song I have to ask myself, why don’t I just leave? Obviously, if the woman leaves, the song is over. So, if the song continues, the female character has to decide what she doesn’t just walk out.

One possible scenario is if the man is a boss and the woman is a subordinate whose well being and job retention is dependent on him and he is trying to extort sex from her. In that case, regardless of time period, we have a problem.

A second is where the power is equally distributed and the female character just simply cannot decide to stay or go. Maybe she likes the guy, but she is just tired. He likes her and hopes she will stay and thus tries to convince her. She likes him and is sticking around to see if his efforts are compelling enough to forgo going home.

A third is if the woman holds the power. He is interested in her, very. She knows this and is withholding approval just to enjoy making him suffer or to make him work to earn her favor. Think of Penny and Leonard in Big Bang. She made him work very, very hard to win her. Or, think of those birds of paradise who
Make those amazing nests and do those incredible dance rituals to entice a mare. Maybe the females just enjoying the show of making the males work for it.

I like the song. I’d love to sing it with a good friend sometime. If I do, though, I will want to reverse the traditional roles. I will want to sing what is usually the man’s part and try to convince my partner to stay. It’s not an original idea. My mom played this version for me years ago. It’s a version recorded by Charles Nelson Reilly and Karen Morrow.

I loved Charles Nelson Reilly. He was a Master Teacher of mine. I don’t know Karen Morrow, but she is hilarious in this. When she screams, “look out!” I guffaw every time!

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My dear friend Bart G. filled me in on Karen Morrow:

OMG Emilysky! You don’t know Karen Morrow?!? She was in the original Broadway casts of The Grass Harp and I had a Ball! She’s fierce!

 

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Input, thoughts, and ideas from friends and others:

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A friend shared this:

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Mr. Maniakas, My wonderful elementary school music teacher from Indianapolis (who now looks younger than I do!), sent this video:

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This is funny! The Holderness Family: Baby, Just Go Outside!

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SONG STUDIES
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https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2014/09/22/emilys-song-studies/

I bought the delightful book, MAKE THINGS FLY, at the Reston Regional Library Book Sale (12/8/2018).  Looking through it today (12/9/2018) and reading one of the tiny poems, WIND MUSIC, and a tune popped in my head.  I grabbed my ukulele and scratched it all out.

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This book features the poem WIND MUSIC by Aileen Fisher
make things fly cover
Make Things Fly (poems about the wind)
Edited by Dorothy M. Kennedy
Illustrated by Sasha Meret

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Wind Music, Poem by Aileen Fisher, Tune and Chords by ELEG for SBWE

 

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My tiny scratch recording of the tune for WIND MUSIC

 

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Links to posts about songs for which I created some kind of original content (words, chords, arrangement, adaptation, tune, pairing)
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/songs-by-emily/

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POETRY: SING BOOKS WITH EMILY SONGBOOK SERIES (SBWE SBS)
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2016/01/25/sing-books-with-emily-songbook-series-poetry/

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POETRY SINGABLE POETRY IN COMPILATIONS
A List of Illustrated Compilations of Children’s Poetry with Singable Poems
https://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
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2012/04/20/poems-individually-illustrated-spb/

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make things fly cover
Make Things Fly (poems about the wind)
Edited by Dorothy M. Kennedy
Illustrated by Sasha Meret

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Poems in this volume include:

 

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POETRY SINGABLE POETRY IN COMPILATIONS
A List of Illustrated Compilations of Children’s Poetry with Singable Poems
https://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
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2012/04/20/poems-individually-illustrated-spb/

Sing Books with Emily Instagram

SING BOOKS WITH EMILY Saturday, January 19, 2019 11-11:30am Mary Riley Styles Library 120 N Virginia Ave Falls Church, VA 22046 (703) 248-5030 More information, here: http://www.fallschurchva.gov/424/Library
‪I don’t remember when my daughter made this picture. Maybe she was 5 or 6. It’s hard to believe I didn’t note the date on it. None the less, and needless to say, this is one of my possessions most dear to my heart.‬ ‪❤️‬ #SingBooksWithEmily #IllustratedSong #SingToKidsOfAllAges #Enrichment #SingToChildren #ChildrensMusic #PictureBookSong #Music #Sing #ShareCulturalHeritage #EducationalEnrichment #CulturalEnrichment #Children #Kids #CultureConnectsUs
SING BOOKS WITH EMILY 1/10/2019 BOTH SIDES NOW, an Illustrated Song https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/03/07/both-sides-now-a-singable-picture-book-and-my-business-with-the-cloud-artwork-at-the-corcoran/ BITLY LINK https://bit.ly/2D175Lk BOTH SIDES NOW, a classic song by the great singer/musician/songwriter Joni Mitchell. It’s such a rich and full song about how we experience life. It’s the illusions I recall, still, truly, about all of it, too. I do a lot of thinking about things. In the end, though, for me, very often, I’m happy to let magical thinking win the day. To find more info and materials about this song, visit the link in this posting or type the song title into the search box of the Sing Books with Emily blog: http://SingBooksWithEmily.wordpress.com Like or Follow Sing Books with Emily on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter Come Sing Books with Emily #SingBooksWithEmily #IllustratedSong #SingToKidsOfAllAges #Enrichment #SingToChildren #ChildrensMusic #PictureBookSong #Music #Sing #ShareCulturalHeritage #EducationalEnrichment #CulturalEnrichment #Children #kids #JoniMitchell
SING BOOKS WITH EMILY Saturday, January 12, 2019 10:30-11am Reston Regional Library 11925 Bowman Towne Dr. Reston, VA 20190 More information, here: http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/library/branches/rr/
SING BOOKS WITH EMILY Thursday, December 27, 2018 2:30-3pm Chantilly Regional Library 4000 Stringfellow Rd Chantilly, VA, 20151-2628 703-502-3883 ext 4 No Registration Required – Please Join Us! Free for all ages! For  more information: https://librarycalendar.fairfaxcounty.gov/calendar?cid=6524&t=d&d=2018-12-27&cal=6524&ct=31090,31106&cm=3438
Just a page on a notebook? A list? Yes. But to me, it’s much more than that. This list represents 45 minutes of Sing Books joy at Mary Riley Styles Library this morning. I especially loved the chance to try out my new ukulele arrangement for BRING A TORCH JEANNETTE ISABELLA. We also sang favorites like I WANT A HIPPOPOTAMUS FOR CHRISTMAS, SILVER BELLS, and HANUKKAH O HANUKKAH. I played ukulele, kazoo, jingle sticks for many songs and my beloved limberjack horse while we sang Jingle Bells, including the verse with Fanny Bright. Such great fun! Ps: Many Thanks to my daughter Eloise who came and helped me set up, clean up, and hold books when I accompanied with ukulele. And HUGE thanks to the marvelous staff and volunteers at MRSL who make it such a nice place to visit. @littlecitylibrary

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