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SBWE SBS time to rise
Time to Rise for SBWE Songbook Series
Poem by Robert Louis Stevenson
Traditional Tune
Page Coordinated by ELEG for SBWE Songbook Series
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SBWE SBS time to rise

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CHILD’S GARDEN OF VERSES

Most Robert Louis Stevenson’s book of poetry for children have been set to music
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2010/03/28/a-childs-garden-of-verses-singable-poems-by-robert-louis-stevenson/

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LITTLE SONGS, A NOTEBOOK OF SWEET LITTLE SONGS (MOSTLY SINGABLE POETRY) FOR TO SING WHEN YOUR BRAIN FEELS FUZZY
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2013/04/08/little-songs-a-notebook-of-sweet-little-songs-mostly-singable-poetry-for-to-sing-when-your-brain-feels-fuzzy/

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POETRY SINGABLE POETRY IN COMPILATIONS

An list of  singable poems from compilations of poetry for children
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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An Update for TIME TO RISE Post (for Singable Poem by RLS)
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2013/08/30/an-update-for-time-to-rise-post-a-singable-poem-by-rls/

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SING BOOKS WITH EMILY SONGBOOK SERIES HOST PAGE
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/sbwe-song-book-series/

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SBWE Songbook Series: Poetry
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2016/01/25/sing-books-with-emily-songbook-series-poetry/

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SBWE Songbook Series: Little Songs
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2016/01/25/sing-books-with-emily-songbook-series-little-songs/

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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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I’m in Love with a Big Blue Frog
Words and Music by Leslie Braunstein
Performed by Peter Paul & Mary
Illustrated by Joshua S. Brunet
ISBN 978-1-936140-37-4

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PETER YARROW SONGBOOK

A list of the Singable Picture Books from the Peter Yarrow Songbook series:
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2009/11/30/the-case-for-singing-with-children-from-peter-yarrow/

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The Folk Process and Peter Yarrow’s Songbook Series
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2009/12/03/the-folk-process/

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Peter Yarrow Songbook Series, the Importance of Singing for Others and the Folk Process
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2009/11/30/the-case-for-singing-with-children-from-peter-yarrow/

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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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TWO BLUES TO MAKE PEOPLE HAPPY
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2013/03/13/two-blues-to-make-people-happy/

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KAZOO SOLOS IN SINGABLE PICTURE BOOKS
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/11/02/a-few-kazoo-solos/

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MUPPETS
ILLUSTRATED SONGS OF THE MUPPETS
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2014/11/04/illustrated-songs-of-the-muppets/

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one more river blumen
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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HOW TO SING A SONG/TELL ME A STORY, SING ME A SONG
The Art and Craft of Singing a Song
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2010/09/11/the-art-and-craft-of-singing-a-song-tell-me-a-story-sing-me-a-song/

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HOW TO SING A SONG FOR PERFORMANCE OR JUST FOR FUN
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2014/03/24/how-to-sing-a-song-for-performance-or-just-for-fun-a-primer-by-emily-gleichenhaus-mrs-g/

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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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GIRL SCOUT MUSICIAN BADGE 1
MUSICIAN BADGE with Mrs. G, Meeting Activities, for Girl Scout Juniors Troop 2740
Including: How to Sing a Song for Performance or Just for Fun, 400 Years of Songs, and Singable Hike in Washington, DC
http://brownietroop2740.wordpress.com/2014/01/16/musician-badge-with-mrs-g/

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GIRL SCOUT MUSICIAN BADGE 2
Using TWINKLE LITTLE STAR to Earn Girl Scout Performer Badge
Including: How to Sing a Song for Performance or Just for Fun, Many Songs/One Twinkly Tune, Entrance/Comportment/Microphone Technique and Song Performance Worksheet for Kids
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2015/03/08/using-twinkle-little-star-to-earn-girl-scout-performer-badge/

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Musings on Singing HURRY IT’S LOVELY UP HERE
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2016/02/06/musings-on-singing-hurry-its-lovely-up-here/

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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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