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Vance Mo has created Musical Settings for some of our favorite rhyming books.

Here’s a list (with links to the videos) of many of Vance Mo’s Illustrated Songs:

The Foot Book (song in the style of Jack Johnson)

Geckos Surf

Giraffes Can’t Dance

Go, Dog. Go!

Happy Hippo, Angry Duck

Hop on Pop

I’ll Teach My Dog a Lot of Words (song in the style of Maroon 5)

Mr. Brown Can Moo! Can You? 

Old Hat New Hat

Put Me in the Zoo

The Rainbow Fish

Ten Apples Up On Top (song in the style of Jason Mraz)

The Tickle Tree

There’s a Wocket in my Pocket! 

Where’s My Mom

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Here are the books from above list that have posts on Sing Books blog (titles linked to posts),

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Giraffes Can’t Dance
Words by Giles Andreae
Illustrated by Guy Parker-Rees
Musical Settings by Various Artists (including

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Vance Mo’s YouTube page with his Books Songs videos:
https://www.youtube.com/user/vancemo/videos

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Vance Mo’s FUN SONGS GUY website:
http://www.funsongsguy.com/home.html

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Book Songs page on Vance Mo’s FUN SONGS GUY website:
http://www.funsongsguy.com/book-songs.html

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Related Posts

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VANCE MO: ILLUSTRATED SONGS OF VANCE MO
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2015/04/30/the-illustrated-songs-of-vance-mo/

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SINGABLE PICTURE BOOK LISTS FOR SPECIAL OCCASIONS AND INTERESTS
Lists of Illustrated Songs for singing and exploring specific subjects

https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/song-book-lists-for-all-occasions/

This post is an addendum to the post:
THIS LAND IS YOUR LAND, AN ILLUSTRATED SONG
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2012/07/05/this-land-is-your-land-a-singable-picture-book-and-googles-singable-doodle-on-july-4-2012/

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I was just watching a fascinating TED Talk, EVERYTHING IS A REMIX:
http://www.npr.org/2014/06/27/322910178/is-everything-a-remix

Speaker Kirby Ferguson mentions new creative work is the result of “the basic elements of all creativity” when artists, “Copy, Transform, Combine.”

As an example, he sited Woody Guthrie, who said, “The words are the important thing. Don’t worry about the tunes.  Take a tune, sing high when they sing low, sing fast when they sing slow, and you’ve got a new tune.”

One piece of evidence of this process is that Woody Guthrie used the techniques mentioned above to transform the Carter Family’s song WHEN THE WORLD’S ON FIRE  into THIS LAND IS YOUR LAND.

Carter Family’s song, WHEN THE WORLD’S ON FIRE

www.youtube.com/watch?v=qxo-zayI6tE

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This Land is Your Land

Words and Music by Woody Guthrie
With a Tribute by Pete Seeger
Illustrated by Kathy Jakobsen
This book, rich in detail, features printed music and a tribute to Woody Guthrie written by Pete Seeger.

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FOURTH OF JULY AND OTHER HOLIDAYS CELEBRATING THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AND HER CITIZENS AND HISTORY
A list of Singable Picture Books celebrating the Fourth of July
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2010/06/22/a-patriotic-list-of-singable-books-for-july-4th/

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WOODY GUTHRIE
The Singable Picture Books of Woody Guthrie
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2012/03/19/the-singable-picture-books-of-woody-guthrie/

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EARTH’S BEAUTY AND BOUNTY, STEWARDSHIP AND BEING GREEN

Celebrate Earth’s beauty and bounty, being green, and environmental stewardship with this lovely list of Singable Picture Books:
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/01/06/singable-picture-books-with-a-green-theme/

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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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THIS LAND IS YOUR LAND Adapted from WHEN THE WORLD’S ON FIRE

https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2015/03/23/this-land-is-your-land-adapted-from-when-the-worlds-on-fire/

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Questioning Myself, “Am I Original” After Hearing TED Radio Hour “What Is Original?”
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2015/03/23/questioning-myself-am-i-original-after-hearing-ted-radio-hour-what-is-original/

I frequently think about my creative work.  What am I really doing?  Is my work with Sing Books anything “new” or in any way original?  Does my Sing Books work matter?

Having these questions on my mind, I was fascinated to find:
NPR’s TED Radio Hour segment “What Is Original?”
http://www.npr.org/programs/ted-radio-hour/321797073/what-is-original

This TED Hour segment included samples from the following longer talks:

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EVERYTHING IS A REMIX, a TED Talk by Kirby Ferguson:
http://www.npr.org/2014/06/27/322910178/is-everything-a-remix

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Why Would More Than 500 Artists Sample The Same Song?, a TED Talk by Mark Ronson
http://www.npr.org/2014/06/27/322721353/why-would-more-than-500-artists-sample-the-same-song

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Random notes and thoughts until I’m able to put my thoughts together with some clarity:

  • Everything is a remix:  Dylan’s songs, Guthrie’s songs
  • About 6m04s into the talk, Mark Ronson says, “…they heard something in that music that spoke to them that they instantly wanted to inject themselves into the narrative of that music.  They heard it and they wanted to be a part of it…”
  • About 6m10s into talk, Mark Ronson says, “In music, we take something we love and we build on it.”
  • This struck a chord with me.  This is what I want, to make myself part of the narrative of the music in Illustrated Songs, so that I become it’s voice.  I become part of that musical heritage when I sing it, share it, breathe my life into it, give it a voice, and pass it along.
  • SBWE, my intention, to:  Interpreting anew, bringing past to present, oral/music history, musicology, musical heritage, scop, gryo, passing it on, paying it forward…

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Relatd Posts

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THIS LAND IS YOUR LAND Adapted from WHEN THE WORLD’S ON FIRE

https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2015/03/23/this-land-is-your-land-adapted-from-when-the-worlds-on-fire/

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WOODY GUTHRIE
The Singable Picture Books of Woody Guthrie
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2012/03/19/the-singable-picture-books-of-woody-guthrie/

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BOB DYLAN
The Singable Picture Books of Bob Dylan
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/11/15/the-singable-picture-books-of-bob-dylan/

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THIS LAND IS YOUR LAND, AN ILLUSTRATED SONG

https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2012/07/05/this-land-is-your-land-a-singable-picture-book-and-googles-singable-doodle-on-july-4-2012/

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Questioning Myself, “Am I Original” After Hearing TED Radio Hour “What Is Original?”
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2015/03/23/questioning-myself-am-i-original-after-hearing-ted-radio-hour-what-is-original/

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I like the Country
Edited by James Mursell (and others)
Music for Living Series, California Department of Education (1958)
Words and Music by Various Artists
Illustrated by Feodor Rojankovsky

This is a 1950’s California state music text book, part of a series that is printed as the California State Series and Music for Living Series.

The water color pictures by Feodor Rojankovsky are absolutely beautiful.  The songs are not particularly interesting on the whole, but those pictures move you though the book, looking at the songs to know more about what is going on in the illustrations.

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Song lyrics and printed melodies in this book include:

  • Cat in the Snow, The (Traditional)
  • Feeding Time (Alabama Folk Song)
  • Hay Ride (Words by Marion Abeson, Music by Charity Bailey)
  • I See the Moon (Irish Folk Song)
  • I Want to Be a Farmer (American Play-Party Song)
  • It’s a Pumpkin (Traditional Words, Music by Arthur Edwards)
  • Leading the Cows (V. S. Burrington, French Folk Song)
  • Let’s Go Walking (Satis N. Coleman and Alice G. Thorn)
  • Little Red Wagon (Play-Party Game)
  • Morning on the Farm (Words and Music by Lady Bell)
  • My Little Dog (Irish Folk Song, Collected by Jean Ritchie)
  • Now let Me Fly (African American Spiritual)
  • O Christmas Tree (German Folk Song)
  • Sawing Firewood (Adina Williamson, Danish Folk Song)
  • Work Horses (Poem by Edith H. Newlin, Music by Arthur Edwards)

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Related Posts

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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

https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2012/08/15/illustrated-collections-of-childrens-songs-with-music/

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CALIFORNIA STATE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION MUSIC FOR LIVING SERIES

Singing with the groups of kids creates a bond. I adore every one of them and they seem to feel close to me, too. They give me lots of hugs (so wonderful!) and they feel free to tell me what they think. There is a gathering of kids at the end of almost every visit where they put in their requests for next time. Sometimes I get marvelous comments. On Thursday a little boy was pulling at his hair with GLEE saying “Oh, Mrs. G, all these books are so wonderful, I wish I had every one of them.” Yesterday I visited a doubled up class of 3rd graders. Since they are older kids, there are some more advanced songs that I save just for them. The last two songs we sang yesterday were illustrations of Joni Mitchell songs THE CIRCLE GAME and BOTH SIDES NOW (which are two of my personal all time favorites to sing). One of the girls came up to me and said, “You know those last two songs? They are too sad. I don’t like them. You should stick with the happy ones.” I appreciate very much that she felt free to articulate her feelings to me. I told her that she is completely entitled to her opinion and her feelings are just as valid as anyone else’s. But I still think it is good to challenge the kids with some more advanced ideas and a ballad or two!

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Even if my friend didn’t like ’em, I do so love these:

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The Circle Game
Words and Music by Joni Mitchell
Illustrated by Brian Deines

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Both Sides Now
Words and Music by Joni Mitchell
Illustrated by Alan Baker

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I think my friend was a fan of these happy songs, which really are full of delicious delightes:

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The Backwards Birthday Party
Music and Lyrics by Tom Chapin and John Forster
Illustrated by Chuck Groeninck

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Tomorrow
Words by Martin Charnin
Music by Charles Strouse
From the Musical ANNIE
For classroom use only.

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Related Posts

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

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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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PRAISE FOR SING BOOKS WITH EMILY
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/praise-for-sing-books-with-emily/

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JONI MITCHELL
SINGABLE PICTURE BOOKS OF JONI MITCHELL
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2013/04/07/joni-mitchell-in-singable-picture-books/

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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/

This post is an addendum to:
JINGLE BELLS, A SINGABLE PICTURE BOOK
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/03/04/jingle-bells-in-the-history-of-space-and-singable-picture-books/

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I am still searching for the difinitive illustration of Jingle Bells, one that would include ALL (and not just some) of the lyrics from the poem.  I really like Miss Fanny Bright (and also “snap we’ll take the lead”), but so far, I’ve found nothing that includes everything.   And it HAS been fun to sing JINGLE BELLS with my limberjack horse.  She really enjoys clippity-clopping along and the kids enjoy her too.

But this is a cute book:
jingle bell mice mccue
Jingle Bell Mice
Poem by James Lord Pierpont
Traditional  Tune
Illustrated by Lisa McCue

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Related Posts

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JINGLE BELL MICE, A CUTE ADDITION TO THE COLLECTION
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2015/03/20/jinlge-bell-mice-a-cute-addition-to-the-collection/

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JINGLE BELLS, A SINGABLE PICTURE BOOK
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/03/04/jingle-bells-in-the-history-of-space-and-singable-picture-books/

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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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WINTER

Singable Picture Books for Winter
Some of these are sung at Christmastime, but this is a list of songs about Winter that you can sing all season long!
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2010/12/21/singable-picture-books-for-winter/

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SING BOOKS WITH EMILY SINGABLE ADVENT CALENDAR
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2012/11/29/the-sing-books-with-emily-singable-advent-calendar/

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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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DRAW ME A SONG, SINGABLE POSTERS
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2012/06/05/draw-me-a-song-singable-posters/

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JINGLE ‘BOT, NEW WORDS TO AN OLD TUNE BY ELEG

https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/10/08/jinlge-bot-new-words-by-eleg/

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LIMBERJACK RHYTHM INSTRUMENT
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2013/12/07/limberjack-rhythm-instrument/

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Jingle Bells with Jingle Bells and Limberjack (12/17/2013)
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2013/12/17/jingle-bells-with-jingle-bells-and-limberjack/

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My Woodland Wish
Words by Kate Endle and Caspar Babypants
Music by Caspar Babypants (Chris Ballew)
Illustrations by Kate Endle

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Once I learn and get music made to sing this song, it would be fun to find finger puppets or simple costume items (or maybe just let the kids improvise) and let children in the classes play the parts of the animals to whom the song narrator sings.  Kids PreK-1 would have such fun slithering like a snake, staring like an owl or prowling like a raccoon.

It also would be fun to make up arm movements to represent each animal so that all kids in a visit could act along while we sing.

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My Woodland Wish YouTube Book Preview

www.youtube.com/watch?v=nkuFSz26tmI

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My Woodland Wish Free Music Download Page:
http://babypantsmusic.com/album/21467/my-woodland-wish

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Related Posts

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KATE ENDLE AND CASPAR BABYPANTS
SINGABLE PICTURE BOOKS OF KATE ENDLE AND CASPAR BABYPANTS
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2015/03/17/the-singable-picture-books-of-kate-endle-and-caspar-babypants/

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CASPAR BABYPANTS  AND CASPAR BABYPANTS
SINGABLE PICTURE BOOKS OF KATE ENDLE AND CASPAR BABYPANTS
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2015/03/17/the-singable-picture-books-of-kate-endle-and-caspar-babypants

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ANIMALS: FAVORITE SONGS
Emily’s Favorite Illustrated Songs to Sing about Singular Animals
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2014/11/15/favorite-illustrated-songs-about-singular-animals/


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