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Don’t Worry, Be Happy

Words and Music by Bobby McFerrin
Illustrated with art by Alexander Calder

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Three of my favorite performers in one video, this video contains three of my favorite performers.  The songs is sung by the incredible Bobby McFerrin, joined by two incredible clowns Robin Williams and Bill Irwin.  The joy overflows!

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The story goes that Bobby McFerrin was inspired to write the song after seeing a Meher Baba poster in a friend’s house with the quote, “Don’t Worry.  Be Happy.”

Meher Baba Don't Worry Be Happy

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DON’T WORRY, BE HAPPY wiki:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Don%27t_Worry,_Be_Happy

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This book, illustrated with art by Alexander Calder, gives me the opportunity to express how much I love the work of Alexander Calder.  Wherever I get to engage with one of his whimsical, enthralling works of art, I feel the better for it.  No day is wasted in which you get to see a work by Alexander Calder.

My children with two works by Calder from the collection of the National Gallery in Washington, DC:

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We love to visit Calder’s work when we go to the National Gallery in Washington, DC:
http://www.nga.gov/content/ngaweb/Collection/artist-info.2047.html

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ADVICE, GOOD ADVICE
Illustrated songs that dole out a healthy helping of sound counsel
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2014/02/13/illustrated-songs-that-give-good-advice/

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DON’T WORRY, BE HAPPY (AN ILLUSTRATED SONG)

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EVERY LITTLE THING (AN ILLUSTRATED SONG)
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2016/05/01/every-little-thing-an-illustrated-song/

This Post is Under Construction

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Every Little Thing (Based on the Song “Three Little Birds by Bob Marley)
Words and Music by Bob Marley
Adapted by Cedella Marley
Illustrated by Vanessa Brantley-Newton

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Adorable, fun, and uplifting words and pictures fill this book, adapted by Cedella Marley to the tune of her father’s famous reggae song.

Ms. Marley has adapted the words just for the book, though.  The words do not fit with any instrumental that you can find.  If you want to sing it (like me), you’ll have to get music made just for that purpose.  If you know the tune, though, the words fit nice and snug with the melody.

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Illustrated Songs of the Marley Family

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ADVICE, GOOD ADVICE
Illustrated songs that dole out a healthy helping of sound counsel
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2014/02/13/illustrated-songs-that-give-good-advice/

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DON’T WORRY, BE HAPPY (AN ILLUSTRATED SONG)
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2016/05/01/dont-worry-be-happy-an-illustrated-song/

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EVERY LITTLE THING (AN ILLUSTRATED SONG)
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2016/05/01/every-little-thing-an-illustrated-song/

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TOLERANCE, KINDNESS AND COMPASSION
Singable Picture Books Celebrating Tolerance and Compassion (another list inspired by Nikki)
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2013/02/28/singable-picture-books-celebrating-tolerance-and-compassion-another-list-inspired-by-nikki/

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Wise Old Owl Song Sheet with Chords for Sing Books with Emily
Traditional Words and Tune Adapted by ELEG for SBWE
Page Coordinated by ELEG for SBWE
To view or print this sheet, click here:
wise old owl w chords eleg sbwe
Sing Along with Emily:

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Wise Old Owl Song Sheet w Chords SBWE SBS
Traditional Words and Tune Adapted by ELEG for SBWE
Page Coordinated by ELEG for SBWE Songbook Series
To view or print this sheet, click here:
SBWE SBS wise old owl w chords
Sing Along with Emily:

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Wise Old Owl Song Sheet w Chords SBWE SBS

Traditional Words and Tune Adapted by ELEG for SBWE
Page Coordinated by ELEG for SBWE Songbook Series
To view or print this sheet, click here:
SBWE SBS wise old owl (no chords)
Sing Along with Emily:

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Wise Old Owl Song Sheet with Chords (Picture by Janet and Anne Grahame Johnstone)
Traditional Words and Tune Adapted by ELEG for SBWE
Page Coordinated by ELEG for SBWE
Illustration by Janet and Anne Grahame Johnstone
From My Best Book of Rhymes
To view or print this sheet, click here:
wise old owl w chords johnstone
Sing Along with Emily:

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A WISE OLD OWL
Mother Goose Nursery Rhyme

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A WISE OLD OWL
Mother Goose Nursery Rhyme
Illustrated by Janet and Anne Johnstone
From My Best Book of Rhymes

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WISE OLD OWL, AN ILLUSTRATED AND SINGABLE MOTHER GOOSE NURSERY RHYME
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HALLOWEEN

A list of spooky, fun, funny and evocative songs for our favorite October Holiday
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2010/10/30/halloween-singable-picture-books-ooooooooeeeeeeeee/

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MOTHER GOOSE NURSERY RHYMES FOR SBWE
A compilation of Mother Goose Nursery Rhyme titles linked to posts about the rhymes so you can learn more and sing along
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/nursery-rhymes-and-mother-goose-for-sbwe/

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MOTHER GOOSE AND NURSERY RHYMES – INDIVIDUALLY ILLUSTRATED
Mother Goose and Nursery Rhymes with Individually Illustrated Singable Picture Books
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2013/08/23/mother-goose-and-nursery-rhymes-with-individually-illustrated-singable-picture-books/

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MOTHER GOOSE AND NURSERY RHYME COMPILATIONS

A list containing compilations of Mother Goose and Nursery Rhyme Singable Picture Books, including links and resources for learning, singing, and playing the tunes
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/07/19/mother-goose-singable-picture-books-rhymes-and-songs-in-compilations/

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

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The loudest voices do not necessarily have the best things to say
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2015/08/11/the-loudest-voices-do-not-necessarily-have-the-best-things-to-say/

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FAIRIES (Rose Fyleman) song sheet SBWE
Fairies
Poem by Rose Fyleman
Music by Various Artists, including Ginger Sands
To view or print this song sheet, click here:
FAIRIES (Rose Fyleman) song sheet SBWE

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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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SING ALONG RESOURCES AND PRINTABLE MATERIALS

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Ogden Nash’s Musical Zoo
Poems by Ogden Nash
Music by Vernon Duke
Illustrated by Frank Owen

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Ogden Nash’s Zoo

Poems by Ogden Nash
Illustrated by Etienne Delessert
(See “Ogden Nash’s Musical Zoo” for tunes by Vernon Duke)

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Recordings of these songs can be found on:
Vernon Duke: The Serious Songs
(as performed by Kaye McCracken Duke)
http://castalbums.org/recordings/Vernon-Duke-The-Serious-Songs-1978-Kaye-McCracken-Duke/11014

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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
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ILLUSTRATED SONGBOOKS AND COLLECTIONS (COMPILATIONS) OF CHILDREN’S SONGS WITH MUSIC
This list is populated by books that compile printed music and illustrations for children’s songs

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The Sesame Street Songbook (1971/Trezzo)
Words and Music by Joe Raposo and Jeffrey Moss
Arrangements by Sy Oliver
Illustrated by Loretta Trezzo

Songs include:

  • ABCDEFGHI
  • A FACE
  • BEIN’ GREEN
  • CIRCLES
  • EVERYBODY WASH
  • EVERYONE MAKES MISTAKES
  • FIVE PEOPLE IN MY FAMILY
  • GARDEN, THE
  • GOIN’ FOR A RIDE
  • HIGH MIDDLE LOW
  • I LOVE TRASH
  • I’VE GOT TWO
  • J JUMP
  • KIDS
  • MY NAME
  • NEARLY MISSED
  • ONE OF THESE THINGS
  • PEOPLE IN YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD, THE
  • PICTURE A WORLD
  • RAIN FALLS
  • RIGHT I THE MIDDLE OF MY FACE
  • RUBBER DUCKIE
  • RUB YOUR TUMMY
  • SESAME STREET
  • SING
  • SOMEBODY COME AND PLAY
  • SOMEDAY LITTLE CHILDREN
  • SOMEONE NICE
  • SONG OF FIVE
  • SPECIAL
  • SURPRISE!
  • UP AND DOWN
  • WALK DOWN THE STREET
  • WHAT CAN I DO?
  • WHAT DO I DO WHEN I’M ALONE
  • WHAT MAKES MUSIC

 

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ILLUSTRATED SONGBOOKS AND COLLECTIONS (COMPILATIONS) OF CHILDREN’S SONGS WITH MUSIC
This list is populated by books that compile printed music and illustrations for children’s songs

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THIS POST IS UNDER CONSTRUCTION

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Animals Went in Two by Two
Traditional Words and Tune (sing to the tune of, When Johnny Comes Marching Home)
Illustrated by Wendy Straw

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The Farmer in the Dell
Traditional Words and Tune
Illustrated by Wendy Straw

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20 Favourite Nursery Rhymes Illustrated by Wendy Straw
http://www.amazon.com/20-Favourite-Nursery-Rhymes-Illustrated/dp/1782262075

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Wendy Straw Illustration
http://wendystraw.com/blog/

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Wendy Straw Illustration Blog Portfolio page of Illustrated Songs
http://wendystraw.com/blog/portfolio-category/books-2/

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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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WENDY STRAW: SONGS ILLUSTRATED BY WENDY STRAW
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2016/04/29/illustrated-songs-by-wendy-straw/


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