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Another really fun “All Requests” gathering today in Ms. A’s Ks class!

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 ZYXs, a Singable Picture Book
Traditional Words and Tune
Illustrated by Emily Leatha Everson Gleichenhaus
Sing the ZYX’s along with me!  Just click here:
http://soundcloud.com/singbookswithemily/zyxs-eleg-2010

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Summertime (from Porgy and Bess)
Words by DuBose Heyward
Music by George Gershwin
Illustrated by Mike Wimmer

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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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Late for School

Words and Music by Steve Martin
Illustrated by C.F. Payne

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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 Ain’t Gonna Paint No More
Words by Karen Beaumont
Illustrated by David Catrow
(Sing to the tune of “It Ain’t Gonna Rain No More”)

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Fox Went Out on a Chilly Night

Traditional Words and Tune
Illustrated by Peter Spier
Published by Dell Dragonfly Books, New York, 1961
ISBN 0-440-40829-6

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Catalina Magdalena Hoopensteiner Wallendiner Hogan Logan Bogan Was Her Name

Traditional Words and Tune
Illustrated by Tedd Arnold

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Both Sides Now
Words and Music by Joni Mitchell
Illustrated by Alan Baker
ISBN 0-590-45668-7
 

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A-You’re Adorable
Words and Music by Buddy Kaye, Fred Wise and Sidney Lippman
Illustrated by Emily Leatha Everson Gleichenhaus

Ms. Antil helped me with an idea today.  She has the Sign Language Alphabet hand signs displayed above the written alphabet in her classroom.  I’d been thinking it would be fun to incorporate that into A-You’re Adorable.  When we sang this song today, Ms. Anctil got a book out that she’d made with the hand signs!  It worked great.  So, I just bought a font for the hand alphabet and will incorporate those letters into the book.  The kids will love using hand signs while singing the letters.  I’m looking forward to trying this out very soon!

This had also reminded me how I look forward to creating “Sing Books with Emily” videos on a forthcoming YouTube Channel and including videos with Sign Language Interpretation by my very talented friend James!

I made a chart of ABC with the ASL signs:

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ABCs with American Sign Language Alphabet
Traditional Words and Tune
Illustrated by Emily Leatha Everson Gleichenhaus
To view or print this chart, click here:
letters caps WITH SIGN

My friends Ron and Michael got married in February.  They are back from their amazing (but cold) honeymoon in Canada.  And, they have completed the blog about their wedding which includes pictures (ceremony, reception and honeymoon) and audio of the fabulous Wedding Cabaret, performed by friends and family:
http://ronandmichaelwedding.wordpress.com/

I was very proud to be part of this event!  The audio of the Wedding Cabaret is about halfway down the page.

My entry (the song “Surprise Me” by the great Beckie Menzie and Cheri Coons) is listed this way:
Emily Everson – Gleichenhouse – Surprise Me
This song begins at (1:49:30) into the audio track.

Beckie Menzie is on piano, accompanying her own fabulous song!

The track of songs contains some really wonderful cabaret performances by many of Washington DC Area’s finest cabaret talents.

Here are a few more pix:


Michael and Ron!


Emily, Barbara Papendorp, Robert Pincombe, Jill Leger Pincombe, Christy Trapp
(in the background is Eileen Warner’s husband and Kathy Reilly)


Emily and DC Cabaret Network Founder (and friend!) Wendy Lane Bailey

My first entry about Michael and Ron’s Wedding, here:
Michael and Ron’s Wedding, February 2011
This link includes Beckie Menzie’s promotional video (fantastic!).

Photos by Matt Howe

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I had the great pleasure last night to sing in the DC Cabaret Network Member’s Only Showcase.  We performed at the historic Arts Club of Washington.  The evening was organized and conducted by the fabulous Judy Simmons and Music Directed by the amazing Alex Tang.

This was a fantastic opportunity to work on songs for my upcoming show “Oh, What a Beautiful Day: Sing Books with Emily, the Cabaret,” especially considering Judy is the Director of my show and Alex is the Music Director.

I got to sing:

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The Surrey with the Fringe on Top

Words by Oscar Hammerstein II
Music by Richard Rodgers
Illustrated by James Warhola
Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, New York, 1993
ISBN 0-671-79456-6

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Rubber Duckie
(Words and Music by Jeffrey Moss) from

The Songs of Sesame Street in Poems and Pictures

Words and Music by Various Artists
Illustrated by Normand Chartier
Published by Random House/Children’s Television Workshop, New York, 1983
ISBN 0-394-95245-6

It was a lot of fun to work on these songs in a cabaret setting for a warm and welcoming audience.

I shared the stage with 10 other singers, all of whom brought their magic to the stage last night:

Terri Allen
Stephanie Dailey
Emily Everson Gleichenhaus
Arlene Hill
Matt Howe
Byron Murray
Paul Pompeo
Kathy Reilly
Brenda Rozier-Clark
Lonny Smith
Ron Squeri

For more information about the DC Cabaret Network:
http://dccabaretnetwork.org/

You can also FRIEND the DC Cabaret Network on Facebook.

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Just the Two of Us
Words and Music by Will Smith (Adapted and Expanded from song by Bill Withers)
Illustrated by Kadir Nelson

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Wheels on the Bus (A Teddy Bear Sing-Along Book)
Traditional Words and Music
Illustrated with Photographs of Vintage Toys and Teddy Bears by David Ellwand

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On Top of Spaghetti
Traditional Tune (“On Top of Old Smokey”)
Lyrics by Tom Glazer
Illustrated by Katherine Tillotson

I’m thrilled to announce a performance of my new show “Oh, What a Beautiful Day: Sing Books with Emily, the Cabaret” at Maggie’s Cabaret on Friday, June 10 at 8pm.


Portrait by Eloise G. 2010

Written and Performed by Emily Leatha Everson Gleichenhaus

Directed by Judy Simmons

Musical Direction by Alex Tang

Sound Design by Jeff Tucker 

Come to my new show,
Oh, What a Beautiful Day: Sing Books with Emily, the Cabaret
This show is for EVERYBODY, a cabaret for families, children and adults, and 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.

Friday, June 10, 2011
Doors open at 7:15pm
Show begins at 8pm

Maggie’s Cabaret
St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church
1830 Connecticut Avenue
Washington, DC 20009
More info and directions here: http://www.stmargaretsdc.org/

Tickets are $20.

Your ticket includes a glass of wine or soda and light snacks.

Proceeds benefit the community outreach efforts of St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church.


Print this informational flyer for the June 10 performance by clicking here:
sbwe cabaret promo flyer 2011 06 10 Maggies front

Find lots of information about the show and CD, here:
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/sing-books-with-emily-the-cabaret/

Other performances include:

Premiere Show
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.

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God Bless the Child
Words and Music by Billie Holiday and Arthur Herzog Jr.
Illustrated by Jerry Pinkney

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Daddy’s Girl
Words and Music by Garrison Keillor
Illustrated by Robin Preiss Glasser
(This book contains 3 songs and a CD)

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Diane Goode’s American Christmas
Words and Music by Various Artists
Illustrated by Diane Goode

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One Shoe Blues
Words by Sandra Boynton
Music by Sandra Boynton and Michael Ford
Illustrated by Sandra Boynton
Starring B.B. King

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Ten Little Ghosts (A Traditional Nursery Rhyme)
Traditional Words and Music
Illustrated by Patrick Campbell

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Celebrating America (A Collection of Poems and Images of the American Spirit)
Words and Music by Various Artists
Poetry Compiled Laura Whipple
Illustrated with Art from the Collections of the Art Institute of Chicago

We sang through another fantastic lists of requests today.  And boy, those cuties are getting great at singing along.  Wow was it fun to sing,

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A-You’re Adorable
Words and Music by Buddy Kaye, Fred Wise and Sidney Lippman
Illustrated by Emily Leatha Everson Gleichenhaus

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Fox Went Out on a Chilly Night

Traditional Words and Tune
Illustrated by Peter Spier
Published by Dell Dragonfly Books, New York, 1961
ISBN 0-440-40829-6

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I Ain’t Gonna Paint No More
Words by Karen Beaumont
Illustrated by David Catrow
(Sing to the tune of “It Ain’t Gonna Rain No More”)

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Inch by Inch (The Garden Song)
Words and Music by David Mallett
Illustrated by Ora Eitan

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Late for School

Words and Music by Steve Martin
Illustrated by C.F. Payne

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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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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

The Literary Council of Northern Virginia did a fabulous job with their event “Reading: A Family Affair.”  As a former event planner, I was impressed with the organization and flow of the event and activities.  And the facility and stations were wonderfully staffed by friendly and helpful volunteers.

I got to sing for two gatherings in the theatre, sitting on the edge of the stage to terrific audiences full of children and their parents.  Before the first gathering, we were visited by Clifford the Big Red Dog.  I even got to shake his hand!

Here is an alphabetical list of the songs we sang through the two gatherings:

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All God’s Critters
Words and Music by Bill Staines
Illustrated by Kadir Nelson

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A-You’re Adorable
Words and Music by Buddy Kaye, Fred Wise and Sidney Lippman
Illustrated by Emily Leatha Everson Gleichenhaus

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Baa!  Baa!  Black Sheep
Traditional Words and Tune
Illustrated by Emily Leatha Everson Gleichenhaus

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The Big Bell and the Little Bell

Words and Music by Martin Kalmanoff
Illustrated by Alastair Graham
(This book is packaged with a CD with two recordings of the song!)

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Fox Went Out on a Chilly Night

Traditional Words and Tune
Illustrated by Peter Spier
Published by Dell Dragonfly Books, New York, 1961
ISBN 0-440-40829-6

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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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New York State of Mind

Words and Music by Billy Joel
Illustrated by IZAK

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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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Sunshine on My Shoulders
Words by John Denver
Music by John Denver, Mike Taylor & Dick Kniss
Illustrated by Christopher Canyon

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The Surrey with the Fringe on the Top

Words by Oscar Hammerstein II
Music by Richard Rodgers
Illustrated by James Warhola

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Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Bat
Published in: Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
Traditional Tune, Same as “ABC Song” and “Baa Blacksheep
Words by Lewis Carroll
Book Assembled by Emily Leatha Everson Gleichenhaus
Click here to view or print the book:
twinkle bat book
Sing “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Bat along with me, here:
http://soundcloud.com/singbookswithemily/twinkle-little-bat-eleg-2010

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Twinkle Little Star
Traditional Tune
From the Poem by Ann and Jane Taylor
Illustrated by Lesley Harker
To view or print this book, click here:
twinkle little star eleg sbwe

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You’re a Grand Old Flag
Words and music by George M. Cohan
Illustrated by Warren Kimble

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 ZYXs, a Singable Picture Book
Traditional Words and Tune
Illustrated by Emily Leatha Everson Gleichenhaus
Sing the ZYX’s along with me!  Just click here:
http://soundcloud.com/singbookswithemily/zyxs-eleg-2010

(We also sang the ZYX’s backwards!)

My heartfelt thanks go the Stacy Nall, who invited me to participate in the event and provided me with everything I needed to just arrive and perform, Executive Director Patricia Donnelly for her leadership, and all the volunteers who were so fabulously friendly and helpful.  I want to thank Alina Gawlik (who ran the Arlington landmark, Aladdin’s Lamp Children’s Bookstore, for over 20 years) who came with a friend to see me.  I got my start at Aladdin’s Lamp and I will always be grateful to Alina for the chance she gave me to give my program a go in public!  Many of the books in my collection came from her shop.  And to Aiden!  Thank you to my friend Aiden to brought his parents to sing-along with me.
A-You’re Adorable ” is always dedicated Aiden.

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Addendum 3/9/2013
I just located some pix on the Literacy Council of Northern Virginia Flickr page from the event two years ago.

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Emily Leatha Everson Gleichenhaus at March 2011 Reading: A Family Affair (RAFA) produced by the Literacy Council of Northern Virginia

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Emily Leatha Everson Gleichenhaus at March 2011 Reading: A Family Affair (RAFA) produced by the Literacy Council of Northern Virginia

It is so fun that the Sing Books gatherings in Mrs. M’s class have become real sing-alongs!  We had lots of fun singing:

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Star Spangled Banner

Words by Francis Scott Key
Music by J. Stafford Smith
Illustrated by Todd Ouren
(This book features printed music and historical information)

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America the Beautiful

Poem by Katharine Lee Bates
Music by Samuel A. Ward
Illustrated by Chris Gall
(This book features printed music and a page of information about the artwork.)

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You’re a Grand Old Flag
Words and music by George M. Cohan
Illustrated by Warren Kimble

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All God’s Critters
Words and Music by Bill Staines
Illustrated by Kadir Nelson

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Fox Went Out on a Chilly Night

Traditional Words and Tune
Illustrated by Peter Spier
Published by Dell Dragonfly Books, New York, 1961
ISBN 0-440-40829-6

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Inch by Inch (The Garden Song)
Words and Music by David Mallett
Illustrated by Ora Eitan

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Waltzing Matilda
Traditional Folk Tune Arranged by Christina Macpherson
Poem by A.B. “Banjo” Paterson
Illustrated by Desmond Digby

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Waltzing Matilda (Refrain Poster Card)
Traditional Folk Tune Arranged by Christina Macpherson
Poem by A.B. “Banjo” Paterson
Card by Emily Leatha Everson Gleichenhaus
To print or view the above poster featuring the “Waltzing Matilda“ refrain lyrics, click here:
waltzing matilda refrain for book 7X7

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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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