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Another song in my repertoire inspired to be there by my friend Charlene James Duguid.  The main character of this song is my fascinating Aunt Flossie: Florence Ellen Geisler.

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Aunt Flossie Walzing With Bears for SBWE cover only
Aunt Flossie Waltzing with Bears
Song Adapted from the Song My Uncle Terwilliger Waltzes with Bears (by Theodore Geisel)
Original Adapted Words and Music by Dale Marxem, Robert L. Force, Albert d’Oseche
Words, Tune and Chords Adapted for SBWE
Additional Lyrics by Emily Gleichenhaus

Sing it with Emily’s scratch vocal, here:

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Aunt Flossie Walzing With Bears for SBWE song sheet
Aunt Flossie Waltzing with Bears (song sheet w chords by ELEG for SBWE)
Song Adapted from the Song My Uncle Terwilliger Waltzes with Bears (by Theodore Geisel)
Original Adapted Words and Music by Dale Marxem, Robert L. Force, Albert d’Oseche
Words, Tune and Chords Adapted for SBWE
Additional Lyrics by Emily Gleichenhaus
To view or print this page, click here:
Aunt Flossie Walzing With Bears for SBWE song sheet

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AUNT FLOSSIE WALTZING WITH BEARS
Song Adapted from the Song My Uncle Terwilliger Waltzes with Bears
Original Words and Music by Dale Marxem, Robert L. Force, Albert d’Oseche
Words, Tune and Chords Adapted for Sing Books with Emily
Additional Lyrics by Emily Gleichenhaus

My Auntie Flossie goes waltzing with bears
It’s a most unbearable state of affairs
Every Saturday night she creeps the stairs
Sneaks out of the house and goes waltzing with bears

[CHORUS]
Wa-wa-wa-waltzing
Waltzing with bears
Raggy bears, baggy bears
Shaggy bears, too
And there’s nothing on earth
Auntie Flossie won’t do
So she can go waltzing
Wa-wa-wa-waltzing
So she can go waltzing
Waltzing with bears

I got Aunt Flossie a new coat to wear
But when she comes home, it’s all covered with hair
And lately I’ve noticed there’s several new tears
I’m sure Auntie Flossie’s been waltzing with bears

[CHORUS]

(Rit.)
I begged and I pleaded, “Oh, please won’t you stay?”
And I managed to keep her home for a day
But the bears all barged in and she left us that day
Now she’s waltzing with pandas
She doesn’t understand-us
She likes dancing dances
With bears every day

[CHORUS]

So she can go waltzing
Waltzing with bears

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Additional Lyrics by Emily Gleichenhaus for SBWE

Auntie Flossie explores all over the world
To find rocks and gems like green emerald
She studies and learns for her knowledge to share
But when she is done she goes dancing with bears

[CHORUS]

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SONG ORIGINS

My friend Charlene James Duguid is writing a children’s book about a bear named Beans.  It’s going to be a wonderful thing.

One of her fellow followers in this project sent this video around as a fun treat having to do with bears:

Instantly, I fell in love.  I’ve always LOVED teddy bears. The whole idea of bears charms me.  Wonderful creatures, they are. One of my favorite songs to sing is TEDDY BEAR’S PICNIC.

I went on a binge to research this song.  The video suggests that it is an Irish drinking song.  The arrangement does sound like that.  But in researching the song, I found out that it is based on a song by Theodor Geisel (aka Dr. Seuss), called MY UNCLE TERWILLIGER WALTZES WITH BEARS

My favorite version of WALTZING WITH BEARS is an adaptation of this adaptation by Robert Force.  You can find his adaptation, and download a PDF of his song sheet, here:
http://robertforce.com/SongsAndInstruction/Songs/WaltzingwithBears.html

This song is undergoing the folk song treatment, for sure. I’m adapting it for myself.  Maybe you will do the same.

One little beef I have with the world is that there are so many songs by and about men.  The characters in songs, even by women, are so often about males.  I’m always looking for a way to turn that around.

I had a fascinating and eccentric aunt named Florence Geisler. All us kids called her Aunt Flossie.  She was a geologist, an elementary school teacher, and a university professor.  She taught my mom (her own niece) in elementary school, but also taught courses at Butler University. She was a geologist in a time when there were very few women doing this work.  She traveled all over the world and collected specimens of rocks and minerals.  The basement of her home was filled with these things, meticulously labelled with the sample name and place of origin written in ball point pen on pieces of medical tape.  But this is what made her vast collection so special, researchers could know WHERE the sample came from.  When she died, we donated her collection to the Indiana State Museum.  Her collection is an important aspect of their holdings now, and one can sometimes see her items on display, medical tape labels and all.

When this song presented itself, I immediately thought of Aunt Flossie.  I’m going to write additional sets of lyrics about her to go with this one:

Auntie Flossie explores all over the world

To find rocks and gems like green emerald

She studies and learns for her knowledge to share

But when she is done she goes dancing with bears

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The Original Song (sheet music, illustrations and recordings) MY UNCLE TERWILLIGER WALZTES WITH BEARS are featured here:

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cat in the hat songbook
The Cat in the Hat Songbook (19 Seuss-Songs for Beginning Singers)
Words by Dr. Seuss
Piano Score and Guitar Chords by Eugene Poddany
Illustrated by Dr. Seuss
ISBN: 0-394-81695-1

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The musical versions of songs printed in THE CAT IN THE HAT SONGBOOK, here:
cat in the hat songbook
Cat in the Hat Songbook, If I Ran the Zoo, Sleep Book
Audio CD

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It seems that Bern Switzerland is famous for it’s association with bears and there are some wonderful images of bears dancing that you can find online, including wonderful vintage post cards, like this one:

1913 dancing w bear bern - Copy - Copy

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Note about real life abuse:

I love the idea of bears dancing on their own for pleasure and illustrated depictions of them having fun together.  But if you google for anything related to dancing bears, you will also encounter images of bears being horribly abused.  I won’t go on to describe it, but when bears are held captive and FORCED to dance, the abuse is inhumane and should not be condoned or allowed.  I cannot believe that people would take delight in that or participate in making it so.

But where bears are allowed to be bears, doing what bears do (maybe magical things when we aren’t watching), I’m all for that.

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Related Posts

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In Memoriam: Florence Ellen Geisler (my Aunt Flossie), 1904 – 1990

https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2017/04/01/in-memoriam-florence-ellen-geisler-my-aunt-flossie-1904-1990/

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IN MEMORIAM
This is a page of links to posts I’ve assembled in the memory of people who have meant the world to me.
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2014/10/06/in-memorium/

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SONGS BY EMILY
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/songs-by-emily/

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BEARS in Illustrated Song
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2017/04/17/bears-in-illustrated-song/

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My Pinterest collection of Dancing Bears images:
https://www.pinterest.com/singbooksemily/bears-dancing/

Thanks to Ms. Anctil for taking pictures of some of our fun today at Carlin Springs Elementary School! These are scenes from ONE WIDE RIVER (the 1966 illustration with marvelous woodcuts by Ed Emberley) and PORT SIDE PIRATES (one of my favorite new illustrated songs to sing, published by Barefoot Books). We sang ONE WIDE RIVER to celebrate the kids’ visit to the zoo (what fun!). When we sang PORT SIDE PIRATES we learned that the bow is the front pointy end of the boat and when you look to the bow, the port side is the left side of the boat and the starboard side is the right side. The kids sang along with the choruses of the songs and we had a grand time!

2017 03 29 sbwe anctil 1 - Copy

2017 03 29 sbwe anctil 2 - Copy

 

I accidentally stumbled on Burl Ives’ musical setting of Vachel Linday’s poem, THE MOON’S THE NORTH WIND’S COOKY, fell in love with the poem, and decided to adapt the tune for…my…greedy…musical…self.

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Moon's the North Wind's Cooky SBWE cover only
The Moon’s the North Wind’s Cooky
Poem by Vachel Lindsay
Tune Adapted and Chords by ELEG for SBWE
Illustrated by Various Artists

Sing with Emily’s scratch vocal, here:

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Moon's the North Wind's Cooky SBWE song sheet
The Moon’s the North Wind’s Cooky (song sheet w chords SBWE)
Poem by Vachel Lindsay
Tune Adapted and Chords by ELEG for SBWE
Illustrated by Various Artists
To view or print this song sheet, click here:
Moon’s the North Wind’s Cooky SBWE song sheet

Sing with Emily’s scratch vocal, here:

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Moon's the North Wind's Cooky SBWE song sheet no chords

The Moon’s the North Wind’s Cooky (no chords for SBWE)
Poem by Vachel Lindsay
Tune Adapted and Chords by ELEG for SBWE
Illustrated by Various Artists
To view or print this song sheet, click here:
Moon’s the North Wind’s Cooky SBWE song sheet no chords

Sing with Emily’s scratch vocal, here:

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THE MOON’S THE NORTH WIND’S COOKY (WHAT THE LITTLE GIRL SAID)
Vachel Lindsay
Tune Adapted and Chords by ELEG for SBWE

C                           Am                   C
The Moon’s the North Wind’s cooky
C                   Am      C
He bites it, day by day
G                               C           Am
Until there’s but a rim of scraps
C                        G7    C
That crumble all away

 

C                            Am  C
The South Wind is a baker
C                    Am               C
He kneads clouds in his den
G                     C                Am
And bakes a crisp new moon that…greedy
C                         G7        C
North…Wind…eats…again

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The first song on Disney’s FOLK LULLABIES is Burl Ives’ setting of THE MOON’S THE NORTH WIND’S COOKY.

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This is a beautiful video illustration of the first half of the little poem.  I wish there was a book for the whole poem that looked like this!

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This poem is featured in many compilations of children’s poetry, including:

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The Moon’s the North Wind’s Cooky (Night Poems)
Selected and Illustrated by Susan Russo

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Related Posts

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The Moon’s the North Wind’s Cooky, an Illustrated, Singable Poem

https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2017/03/28/the-moons-the-north-winds-cooky-an-illustrated-singable-poem-by-vachel-lindsay/

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SONGS BY EMILY
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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The crow doesn’t have an elegant call
It’s not very charming
And a little alarming
As if someone’s coming to steal your ball

But she’s clever as any that you’ll come across
She’s crafty and funny
She could take your money
While you look for that ball that you lost

(3/28/2017)

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Related Posts

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IMPRESSIONS WHILE WALKING, MUSING, DAYDREAMING AND MAGICAL THINKING
Emily’s Poems: Taking walks, observing the world around me, and writing down what I see
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2016/09/03/impressions-while-walking/

March 28
Something on a Stick Day
Singable things on sticks include: lollipops, limberjacks, flags

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Celebrating Something on a Stick Day with Lollipop Songs, none of which have illustrations. And limberjacks, dancing doll rhythm instruments ON A STICK.

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SONGS ABOUT LOLLIPOPS
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2017/03/28/songs-about-lollipops/

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Limberjacks are dancing doll rhythm instruments on sticks!
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LIMBERJACK SONGS FOR SBWE
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2015/10/09/limberjack-songs-for-sing-books-with-emily/

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Related Posts

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MUSICAL HOLIDAYS, A YEAR OF CELEBRATION HOST PAGE
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2017/03/26/musical-holidays-a-year-of-celebration-host-page/

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SING BOOKS WITH EMILY REPERTOIRE OF ILLUSTRATED SONG
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/the-sing-books-with-emily-repertoire-of-illustrated-song/

To celebrate March 28 is SOMETHING ON A STICK DAY, all I could think of is Lollipops.  I thought there must be lots of illustrated songs about lollipops.  After all, they are beautiful objects and something every kid loves.

Not much.  Seems like this is an untapped genre.

I did find this book which includes a record and ordered a reasonably priced used copy.  But I don’t know if there is actually in it a song about lollipops, maybe it’s just the title of the book:

lollipop songs luther varlay
Lollipop Songs
Book by Rene G. Varlay
Poems and Song by Various Artists including Rene G. Varlay
Illustrated by Jeanne Owens
Sung by Frank Luther

There is also this one.  But I it is a paperback priced at over $100.  A bit too much considering the a capella vocal one can find for it online is less than professional sounding.

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The Lollipops Song
Words and Music by Nita Buie
Illustrated by Tate Publishing
ISBN 978-1-60799-042-0
This book comes with a code that you can use to download the author singing her song.

No good illustrated songs in their own books, but there are a few wonderful songs.

Lollipop
Sung by The Chordettes

Lollipop Tree
Sung by Burl Ives

Good Ship Lollipop
Performed by Shirley Temple

Sunshine Lollipops and Rainbows
Performed by Lesley Gore

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Related Posts

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MUSICAL HOLIDAYS, A YEAR OF CELEBRATION HOST PAGE
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2017/03/26/musical-holidays-a-year-of-celebration-host-page/

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SING BOOKS WITH EMILY REPERTOIRE OF ILLUSTRATED SONG
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/the-sing-books-with-emily-repertoire-of-illustrated-song/

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SINGABLE PICTURE BOOK WISHES 1 (PICTURE BOOKS THAT NEED SONGS)

Like Pinocchio wished to become a real boy, I imagine that these books wish to become Singable.
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/02/28/singable-picture-book-wishes-books-that-wish-to-become-singable-and-songs-that-wish-to-be-illustrated/

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SINGABLE PICTURE BOOK WISHES 2 (SONGS THAT WISH TO BE ILLUSTRATED)

There songs are BEGGING to become Singable Picture Books
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/03/06/singable-picture-book-wishes-2-songs-that-wish-to-be-illustrated/

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CANDY AND SWEETS IN ILLUSTRATED SONG
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2017/03/26/candy-and-sweets-in-illustrated-song/

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March 27
World Theater Day
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_Theatre_Day

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Celebrating WORLD THEATER DAY

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I can offer American theater and movie songs from THE 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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Related Posts

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MUSICAL HOLIDAYS, A YEAR OF CELEBRATION HOST PAGE
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2017/03/26/musical-holidays-a-year-of-celebration-host-page/

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SING BOOKS WITH EMILY REPERTOIRE OF ILLUSTRATED SONG
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/the-sing-books-with-emily-repertoire-of-illustrated-song/


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