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One More River
Traditional Words and Tune
Adapted by Karen L. Blumen
Illustrated by John J. Blumen

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one more river wallis
One More River
Traditional Words and Tune
Adapted by Diz Wallis
Illustrated byDiz Wallis

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One More River (A Noah’s Ark Counting Song)
Traditional Words and Music
Words Adapted by Joan Paley
Illustrated by Joan Paley

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one wide river barbara emberley
One Wide River to Cross
Traditional Words and Tune
Adapted by Barbara Emberley
Illustrated by Ed Emberley

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EMBERLEYS

Singable Picture Books by the Emberleys (Ed, Barbara, Rebecca)
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/09/20/singable-picture-books-by-the-emberleys/

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NOAH’S ARK

A List of Singable Picture Book Songs about Noah’s Journey with an Ark Full of Animals
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/07/09/noahs-ark-in-singable-picture-books/

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COUNTING

Counting (and math) in Singable Picture Books
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/09/22/counting-and-math-in-singable-picture-books/

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USEFUL TUNES IN THE PUBLIC DOMAIN
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2012/07/15/useful-tunes-in-the-public-domain/

 

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Go Tell It on the Mountain
Traditional Words and Tune
Additional Text by Debbie Trafton O’Neal
Illustrated by Fiona King

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CHRISTMAS

A Collection of Singable Picture Books that celebrate CHRISTMAS!
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2010/11/28/singable-picture-books-for-christmas/

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SPIRITUALS AND SUNDAY SCHOOL SONGS IN SINGABLE PICTURE BOOKS
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2012/09/18/sunday-school-songs-in-singable-picture-books/

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AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY MONTH

Singable Picture Books Celebrating African American History Month with Songs, Poems and Illustrations by Prominent African American Artists as well as Musical Picture Books Celebrating Important African American Musical Artists
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/04/18/singable-picture-books-celebrating-african-american-history-month/

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ADVENT CALENDAR
Sing Books with Emily Singable Advent Calendar
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2012/11/29/the-sing-books-with-emily-singable-advent-calendar/

There’s always danger in singing a song just because you love it.  That general “I love it,” feeling is an ingredient in a “deadly” performance as Peter Brook would describe it in his book THE EMPTY SPACE.

It’s not enough just to love a song.  Why do you love it and why does that matter?  Why is the song important TODAY, right now?  Those things must be in what compels you to sing it.  If you can’t answer those questions before the first note of the intro begins, then put it down.

But sometimes, too, one must be “deadly” in order to become alive.  What I’m saying is that maybe just singing it for the love must be a step in the process for being able to convey and share it with lively meaning (to both myself and the audience).

Admittedly, I absolutely LOVE the song, HURRY IT’S LOVELY UP HERE.  I love the musical it comes from (ON A CLEAR DAY YOU CAN SEE FOREVER), the flowers themselves, the magic of making flowers grow just by communicating with them.  It’s a song of Springtime for anytime of year.  It is full love joy, zest, and focused passion.

I wanted to sing this song for kids so much that I studied the song and the various versions of the song and chose the verses that would work best for an audience of kids. The movie, for example, has a different combination of verses than the staged musical, and there are extra verses that show up in recordings all of which creates a kind of menu of verses you can choose from.  I took my chosen combination and worked with my friend Paul Raiman of MyRehearsalPianist, to create an instrumental recording of an arrangement to sing it with that worked best for me (tempo, key, lyrics).

Finally, I made a book for the song using the clip art that used to come with Microsoft Products. Incidentally, Microsoft cold hardheartedly took all the WMF clip art out of their programs. HURRY IT’S LOVELY UP HERE is the last book I ever got to make using those wonderful vector pictures (picture files that one could pull apart, change, combine and group back together to create more and other illustrations).

Pouring so much heart, soul and effort into this, I felt great about the end result.

Then came my chance to sing it for the kids.  In all honesty, it felt deadly.  It didn’t reach them.  I began to over emphasize my enthusiasm and sing louder.  That didn’t work either.  One thing you can’t do is FORCE anyone into feeling joy.

I’m not giving up, though.  There’s got to be a way IN.  The song has gotten better in my latest performances with kids.  This is where I begin to think that sometimes deadliness is part of the process.  If you don’t make mistakes with something or if you don’t keep going just because it doesn’t work the first time or two, you can never drill into the heart of it.

And the song as a metaphor for performing it is dawning on me.  The character is singing to the seeds hidden in the ground, coaxing them to germinate and grow.  Isn’t that exactly what I’m trying to do with this song?  I’m singing and hoping, pleading, cajoling, nurturing and loving it into the light.  I’ve just got to keep trying, cultivating.

It also occurred to me that the kids there in the rows before me are just like the seeds in the ground and the words of the song express a goal of education.  Coaxing these seeds to sprout and grow, mature and realize their potential, disinter their minds from the dark ground and come into the light of knowledge to make the world a more beautiful place.

These descriptions might be strained here, goofy even.  But dang it all.  I still LOVE this song AND I think it stands for something, that it has ideas that matter, right here, right now and in the future, too.

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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
https://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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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

https://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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He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands

Traditional Words and Tune
Illustrated by Kadir Nelson
This book features historical information about the song.

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Whole World
Traditional Words and Tune
Illustrated by Christopher Corr
(This book, published by Barefoot Books, includes a CD of the song sung by Fred Penner, pages of information for children about regions of the earth, and printed music)
Published by Barefoot Books 

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SUNDAY SCHOOL SONGS
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2012/09/18/sunday-school-songs-in-singable-picture-books/

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ASHLEY BRYAN
The Singable Picture Books of Ashley Bryan
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2012/06/06/the-singable-picture-books-of-ashley-bryan/

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WHOLE WORLD IN SINGABLE PICTURE BOOKS
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2013/09/02/whole-world-in-singable-picture-books/

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All God’s Critters
Words and Music by Bill Staines
Illustrated by Kadir Nelson
Published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, New York, 2009
ISBN 987-0-689-86959-4

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All God’s Critters Got a Place in the Choir

Words and music by Bill Staines
Illustrated by Margot Zemach

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BILL STAINES
The Illustrated Songs of Bill Staines
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2015/12/20/the-illustrated-songs-of-bill-staines/

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National Kazoo Day

https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/01/28/happy-national-kazoo-day-january-28-2011/

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OH, WHAT A BEAUTIFUL DAY: SING BOOKS WITH EMILY, THE CABARET

https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/sing-books-with-emily-the-cabaret/

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MARTIN LUTHER KING, Jr.

A list of SPBs celebrating the life, legacy and January 16 National Holiday  of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. 
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2012/01/16/singable-picture-books-honoring-the-legacy-of-dr-martin-luther-king-jr/

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Go Tell It on the Mountain
Traditional Words and Tune
Additional Text by Debbie Trafton O’Neal
Illustrated by Fiona King

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A page for the Sing Books with Emily SINGABLE ADVENT CALENDAR: GO TELL IT ON THE MOUNTAIN
SBWE Advent Calendar GO TELL IT ON THE MOUNTAIN
Go Tell It on the Mountain
Traditional Words and Tune
To view or print the SBWE Singable Advent Calendar sheet for “Go Tell It on the Mountain” click here:
SBWE Advent Calendar GO TELL IT ON THE MOUNTAIN

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GO TELL IT ON THE MOUNTAIN wiki:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Go_Tell_It_on_the_Mountain_(song)

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GO TELL IT ON THE MOUNTAIN on CyberHymnal:
http://cyberhymnal.org/htm/g/o/gotitotm.htm
This link includes lyrics and a midi file to hear the melody

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Mahalia Jackson sings GO TELL IT ON THE MOUNTAIN

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James Taylor sings:

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A choral version here:

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Peter Paul and Mary sing their arrangement, medley with “Let My People Go”:

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CHRISTMAS

A Collection of Singable Picture Books that celebrate CHRISTMAS!
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2010/11/28/singable-picture-books-for-christmas/

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SUNDAY SCHOOL SONGS
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2012/09/18/sunday-school-songs-in-singable-picture-books/

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AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY MONTH

Singable Picture Books Celebrating African American History Month with Songs, Poems and Illustrations by Prominent African American Artists as well as Musical Picture Books Celebrating Important African American Musical Artists
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/04/18/singable-picture-books-celebrating-african-american-history-month/

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ADVENT CALENDAR
Sing Books with Emily Singable Advent Calendar
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2012/11/29/the-sing-books-with-emily-singable-advent-calendar/

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Old King Cole w Chords for SBWE SBS
Traditional Words and Tune
Guitar Chords by ELEG for SBWE
Page Coordinated by ELEG for SBWE Songbook Series
To view or print this song sheet, click here:
SBWE SBS old king cole w chords

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Old King Cole Sing Along Sheet with Guitar Chords for SBWE
Traditional Words and Tune
Page Assembled by Sing Books with Emily
To view or print this page, click here:
old king cole w chords 4 sbwe

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Old King Cole Sing Along Booklet for SBWE
Traditional Words and Tune
Book Assembled by Sing Books with Emily

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Old King Cole (as Told by Iza Trapani)
Traditional Tune
Adapted by Iza Trapani
Illustrated by Iza Trapani

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Old King Cole Denslow Gutenberg1
Old King Cole
Traditional Words and Tune
Illustration by William Wallace Denslow

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Old King Cole’s Fiddlers Three
Traditional Words and Tune
Illustration by William Wallace Denslow

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

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MOTHER GOOSE AND NURSERY RHYME COMPILATIONS

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

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USEFUL TUNES IN THE PUBLIC DOMAIN
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2012/07/15/useful-tunes-in-the-public-domain/

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NURSERY RHYMES AND MOTHER GOOSE FOR SBWE
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/nursery-rhymes-and-mother-goose-for-sbwe/

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SING-ALONG RESOURCES AND PRINTABLE MATERIALS
This is the place to find Print Materials Created by Emily
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/sing-along-resources-2/

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OLD KING COLE Illustrated by Iza Trapani

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