Sing Books with Emily, the Blog

Crocuses and daffodils
Blossoms of the cherry tree
Are joys that ping unsettling
To see in February

(2/24/2016, first of 4 verses, but the rest is political, if I know you, though, I’ll show you.)

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PICTURES IN PAVEMENT AS SEEN BY EMILY
Emily’s collection of photographs of images formed by pavement cracks
https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10205709327003243.1073741841.1557301052&type=1&l=a

The evening sky cracks its shell
To let spill
The golden yoke of the sun
Through the empty crooked branches
Of the old persimmon tree

(1756, 2/23/2017, on 19th Road toward Nottingham, Arlington, VA)

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A red picnic umbrella
A twin size mattress
The stick of a worn out spongy mop

I’m walking and it’s trash day.

Mourning dove sorrows are called out from a tree and sympathetically answered in another and then a third.

A woodpecker bangs her head like a machine gun.  There’s nature’s magic in action. I read once that their rolled up measuring tape tongues make a cushion for their brains.

People come in and out of their houses to put out the trash, pick up the paper, walk their dogs.

I’m glad that people read the paper.

The community of birds are rambunctious everywhere to get things done before the weather gets cold again. They can’t believe their luck for it to be so warm this early in the year.

A sun bleached formerly orange toy wheel barrel
A piece of broken lattice
Boxes for speakers, food, and vacuum cleaners

There’s the woodpecker again, knocking her brains out.

She took a rest, but like the others, she needs to make hay while the sun shines.

Her interjections this time are answered, in a miraculously identical precision of interval and rhythm, by a jackhammer far off in another direction.

I’m sitting on a curb in front of a family home. One just came out and went right back in again. What is that lady doing there?

She is recording a ditty about some trash she saw, and the neighborhood’s busy birds.
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Jack and Jill (for SBWE w Chords)
Traditional Words and Tune
Arrangement by ELEG for SBWE
To view or print this song sheet, click here:
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Jack and Jill (for SBWE no Chords)
Traditional Words and Tune
Arrangement by ELEG for SBWE
To view or print this song sheet, click here:
jack-and-jill-for-sbwe-no-chords

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Fascinating origins for Jack and Jill recorded, here:
https://letterpile.com/books/The-Curious-Origins-of-Nursery-Rhymes-Jack-and-Jill

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Jack and Jill is featured in:

Childcraft, Volume 1, The Poems of Early Childhood (1954)

Published by Field Enterprises Educational Corporation
Edited by J. Morris Jones
Words and Music by Various Artists
Illustrated by Various Artists

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Jack and Jill
Traditional Words and Tune
Arrangement by ELEG for SBWE
Illustration by Milo Winter for Childcraft

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Jack and Jill is featured in:
deans mother goose rhymes
Dean’s Mother Goose Book of Rhymes (1977)
Traditional Words and Music by Various Artists
Illustrated by Janet and Anne Grahame Johnstone

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Jack and Jill
Traditional Words and Tune
Arrangement by ELEG for SBWE
Illustrated by Janet and Anne Grahame Johnstone

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CHILDCRAFT (Poems of Early Childhood, 1954)
The singable poems in Childcraft, Volume 1, The Poems of Early Childhood (1954)
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Here’s another Mother Goose book with pictures I just can’t resist.

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Mother Goose Picture Book
Traditional Words and Tunes
Illustrated by Charlotte Stone
Published by Whitman Publishing Co., Racine, WI, 1928

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Illustrated Rhymes Include:

  • Baa Baa Black Sheep
  • Barber Barber
  • Bobby Shafto
  • Bye Baby Bunting
  • Curly Locks Curly Locks
  • Ding Dong Bell
  • Handy Spandy*
  • Here Am I Little Jumping Joan
  • Hickety Pickety My Black Hen
  • Hickory Dickory Dock
  • Humpty Dumpty
  • I Had  Little Nut Tree
  • I Like Little Pussy
  • Jack and Jill
  • Jack Be Nimble
  • Little Boy Blue
  • Little Jack Horner
  • Little Miss Muffet*
  • Little Polly Flinders
  • Little Tom Tucker
  • Man in the Moon
  • Mary Had a Little Lamb
  • Mistress Mary Quite Contrary*
  • North Wind Doth Blow
  • Polly Put the Kettle On
  • Pussy Cat Pussy Cat
  • Rock a Bye Baby
  • Simple Simon*
  • Tom Tom the Piper’s Son
  • Why Is the Pussy in Bed

I put a * next to the pix I particularly liked, so as to scan them at a later date.

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Brian Wildsmith’s pictures steal my heart completely.  His fluid rainbow water-coloring and graphical patterning delight my eye, my heart, and my soul.  They are pictures I love so much, I wish I could claim them as my own and I always want more.

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Brian Wildsmith’s Mother Goose (A Collection of Nursery Rhymes, 1964)
Words and Music by Various Artists
Illustrated by Brian Wildsmith

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A List of Rhymes included in this collection:

  • As I was Going to St. Ives
  • Baa Baa Black Sheep
  • Bobby Shafto’s Gone to Sea
  • Bye Baby Bunting
  • Cat Came Fiddling Out of a Barn
  • Charley Charley Stole the Barley
  • Cobble Cobbler Mend My Shoe
  • Cross Patch Draw the Latch
  • Curly Locks Curly Locks Will Thou Be Mine
  • Dame Get Up and Bake Your Pies
  • Dickery Dickery Dare
  • Diddle Diddle Dumpling
  • Dillar a Dollar
  • Ding Dong Bell
  • Doctor Foster Went to Gloster
  • Four and Twenty Tailors Went To Kill a Snail
  • Georgie Porgie
  • Girls and Boys Come Out to Play
  • Goosey Goosey Gander
  • Grand Old Duke of York
  • Hark Hark the Dogs Do Bark
  • Hey Diddle Diddle
  • Hickety Pickety My Black Hen
  • Hickory Dickory Dock
  • Hot Cross Buns
  • Humpty Dumpty
  • Hush A Bye Baby
  • I Love Little Pussy
  • I Saw a Ship a Sailing
  • If All the World Were Paper
  • If I Had a Donkey That Wouldn’t Go
  • If Wishes Were Horses
  • In a Cottage in Fife
  • Jack and Jill
  • Jack Be Nimble
  • Jack Sprat Could Eat No Fat
  • John Cook Had a Little Grey Mare
  • Little Bo Peep
  • Little Boy Blue
  • Little Jack Horner
  • Little Miss Muffet
  • Little Polly Flinders
  • Little Sparrow Sat on a Green Tree
  • Little Tommy Tucker
  • Mary Had a Little Lamb
  • Mary Mary Quite Contrary
  • Monday’s Child
  • North Wind Doth Blow
  • Oh Where Oh Where Has My Little Dog Gone?
  • Old King Cole
  • Old Mother Goose
  • Old Mother Shuttle
  • One I love Two I love
  • One Tow Three Four Five
  • One Two Buckle My Shoe
  • Oranges and Lemons
  • Pat a Cake
  • Pease Porridge Hot
  • Peter Peter Pumpkin Eater
  • Peter Piper Picked a Peck of Pickled Pepper
  • Pussy Cat Pussy Cat
  • Queen of Hearts She Made Some Tarts
  • Rain Rain God to Spain
  • Ride a Cock Horse
  • See Saw Margery Daw
  • Simple Simon
  • Sing a Song of Sixpence
  • Solomon Grundy
  • Tailor Who Sailed from Quebec
  • There Was  a Jolly Miller Once
  • There Was a Crooked Man
  • There Was a Little Girl and She had a Little Curl
  • There Was an Old Woman Who Lived in a Shoe
  • Thirty Days Hath September
  • This is the Way the Ladies Ride
  • This Little Pig Went to Market
  • Three Blind Mice
  • Three Wise Men of Gotham
  • Tom Tom the Piper’s Son
  • Tommy Snooks
  • Two Little Dicky Birds
  • Wee Willie Winkie
  • What Are Little Boys Made Of
  • Where Are You Going My Pretty Maid
  • Wise Old Owl

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Simon’s Song (Simple Simon)
Traditional Tune
Traditional Rhyme Adapted by Barbara Emberley
Illustrated by Ed Emberley

I absolutely love, love, love, love, love Ed Emberley’s wood cut pictures in primary colors.  This book was published in 1969, and the artistic sensibility that goes into the art really makes my heart swell with nostalgia. The pictures are funny and all the characters look like toys.  They capture Simple Simon’s goofiness without making fun of him.  He’s just a clown out to have a fun day. He is likable and all the characters in the book like him, too.  Everyone and everything is fun in this book.

Barbara Emberley adapted the words of the original rhyme and added a whole bunch of new adventures for Simple Simon and his pals.  In my favorite verse, similar to my favorite verse in ONE WIDE RIVER when she adapts the lyrics to have some of the animals enter the Noah’s Ark by roller skate, Barbara Emberley has Simple Simon and his friends going to ice skate in June so they can arrive before all the crowds.  In the illustration, Simple Simon is giving his best go at skating on the river while a duck paddles from a little boat and frogs play instruments on top of a floating log with a big bright sun in the sky. It’s all joy.

Barbara and Ed Emberley’s version of Simple Simon comes with printed music and lyrics in the back of the book. The credits do not specify who made the musical arrangement, so I’ll assume it was Barbara. I love her melody and guitar chords for this, but the arrangment uses a lot of chords (including the pesky F chord), so I decided to simplify this Simple Simon a little. The setting has a pretty bridge used, so I’ll keep the one F chord for that. Playing one isolated F chord at the beginning of a phrase won’t be nearly as tricky as switching to it in the middle of the musical line.

Like with many Mother Goose Nursery Rhymes, Simple Simon can be fitted to many different tunes.  The tune for YANKEE DOODLE works.  I like to use an adaptation for the tune used by LITTLE MISS MUFFET

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INFO ABOUT SIMPLE SIMON

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Simple Simon song origins:
https://treasuryislands.wordpress.com/2012/10/10/1871/

From the above article, I especially appreciate this:

‘Simple Simon’ is part of a tradition in nursery rhymes and children’s songs of making an example of ignorance or bad behaviour (other examples include ‘There Was a Little Girl‘) and s By ridiculing Simple Simon for his attempts to catch a whale in a bucket or buy pies with no money, we internalize the notion that ignorance equals social stigma and cement in ourselves the idea that knowledge and learning are a good thing.

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Simple Simon wiki:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Simple_Simon_(nursery_rhyme)

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