Sing Books with Emily, the Blog

Sing, in Singable Picture Books (Original Song by Joe Raposo)

Posted on: May 31, 2013

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Sing…sing a song
Music and Lyrics by Joe Raposo
Illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld

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Illustrator’s webpage:
http://www.tomlichtenheld.com/childrens_books/sing.html

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From Illustrator’s webpage for the book, a downloadable, free PDF activity packet:
http://www.tomlichtenheld.com/childrens_books/sing/sing-activity-guide.pdf

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YouTube with Tom Lichtenheld’s picture book images:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=vW_PU7WwCAc

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Great post about the creation of the book on the “Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast” blog:
http://blaine.org/sevenimpossiblethings/?p=2574

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Find the printed music in:

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The Sesame Street Songbook (64 Favorite Songs Featuring Jim Henson’s Sesame Street Puppets)
Words, music, and arrangements by various artists
Illustrations by David Prebenna

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Sing (Sing-A-Song Storybook)
Words and Music by Joe Raposo
Illustrated by Kenn Backhaus

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Find a sing-along karaoke track for “Sing” here:
http://www.amazon.com/Style-Carpenters-Karaoke-Version-Instrumental/dp/B003CPJ9AM/ref=sr_1_fkmr0_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1273925094&sr=8-1-fkmr0

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Read an informative wiki article about SING, here:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sing_(The_Carpenters_song)

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Another here:
http://muppet.wikia.com/wiki/Sing

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Hear Karen Carpenter’s gorgeous voice (and her brother Richard’s fantastic arrangements) here:

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Bob (Bob McGrath), Luis (Emilio Delgado) and Susan (Loretta Long) sing SING on Sesame Street in 1971 (and Luis sings the second time in spanish!)

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I LOVE the instrumentation behind the vocals of this one by Pink Martini, which features Emilio Delgado (who plays Luis on Sesame Street, singing the reprise in spanish:

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SING
Words and Music by Joe Raposo;
Lyrics as performed by the Carpenters

Sing, sing a song
Sing out loud
Sing out strong
Sing of good things, not bad
Sing of happy, not sad.

Sing, sing a song
Make it simple
To last your whole life long
Don’t worry that it’s not good enough
for anyone else to hear
Just sing, sing a song.

Sing, sing a song
Let the world sing along
Sing of love there could be
Sing for you and for me.

Sing, sing a song
Make it simple
To last your whole life long
Don’t worry that it’s not good enough
for anyone else to hear
Just sing, sing a song.

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Find the lyrics above with a sing-along midi player here:
http://kids.niehs.nih.gov/lyrics/singasong.htm

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Addendum 6/8/2013

My friend Bart is a teacher and he sent me a delightful happy birthday voicemail of the kids in his class singing a hilarious version of Happy Birthday.  I wanted to thank his class for this delight, so sang them “Sing, Sing a Song” with the arrangement that my friend Paul put together from my list of requests.  What a blessing to have so many talented friends!

I needed my sing-along arrangement for “Sing, Sing a Song” to fit the book illustrated by Mr. Lichtenheld so we could all enjoy singing it in classrooms.  Since Mr. Lichtenheld did such a great job creating a story for his illustrations for the song, I wanted the sing-along arrangement to honor the story.

At the beginning of the book, the story is set up in pictures before the song begins, I thought this would be a good place to sing the song’s la-la’s.  So I asked for 3 sets of “la-la’s” at the beginning.  In the book, we first see 3 birds in a nest.  Bird 1 finds her tune and flies away, so this first la-la is in the major key.  Bird 2 finds his tune and flies away.  This, too, is in the major key.  Bird 3, though, can’t find a tune and gets frustrated.  This third la-la gets a minor key.  Back to major, though, for the body of the song, because a darling boy comes along toting a guitar and sits right under next of Bird 3.  He sings “Sing, Sing a Song, Sing out loud, Sing out strong…” and the notes fly up, bolsters Bird 3, she finds her tune and by the end of the song, she’s flying away.  It’s major key happiness all the way.

So now you understand the reason for the la-la’s the way they are, I wanted to share with you to sing “SING” with me, if you happen to have handy the lovely book:

https://soundcloud.com/singbookswithemily/sing-sung-by-eleg-2013-06-08

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SING BOOKS WITH EMILY at Reading: A Family Affair 2014,

I’m singing Sing…sing a song.

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Singing SING…SING A SONG with Ms. Anctil and Mr. Mitchell’s group in June 2017

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Related Posts

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SESAME STREET
Sesame Street in Singable Picture Books
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2013/06/01/sesame-street-in-singable-picture-books/

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FUNNY SINGABLE PICTURE BOOKS

That’s Hilarious! A List of Singable Picture Books that’ll Crack You Up!
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/08/24/thats-hilarious-a-list-of-singable-picture-books-thatll-crack-you-up/

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OH WHAT A BEAUTIFUL DAY: SING BOOKS WITH EMILY, THE CABARET
The song list for Emily’s Singable Picture Book Cabaret:
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/sing-books-with-emily-the-cabaret/

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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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INFO AND THINKING ABOUT SINGABLE PICTURE BOOKS
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/resources-for-inspiration-and-information/

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FAVORITE SINGABLES ON PINTEREST
Of the hundreds (maybe thousands) of choices, this list onPinterest displays the top blockbuster favorite Singable Picture Books that we warble together at Sing Books visits:
http://pinterest.com/singbooksemily/

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