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This weekend, I got to see the excellent American Masters documentary about August Wilson:
AUGUST WILSON: THE GROUND ON WHICH I STAND

An actress performed the following short monologue from August Wilson’s play MA RAINEY’S BLACK BOTTOM which I found to be informative, inspiring, and thought provoking:

Ma Rainey says:

White folks don’t understand about the blues. They hear it come out, but they don’t know how it got there. They don’t understand that’s life’s way of talking. You don’t sing to feel better. You sing ’cause that’s a way of understanding life… The blues help you get out of bed in the morning. You get up knowing you ain’t alone. There’s something else in the world. Something’s been added by that song. This be an empty world without the blues. I take that emptiness and try to fill it up with something.

I don’t deny that white folks generally cannot grasp the struggles of African Americans. There is undoubtedly a deep rooted, yet often invisible, racism that white people just cannot see or perceive which is experienced by and oppressive to African American people.

However, what she says (what August Wilson has written) about singing can ring true of anyone. Everyone’s life has struggles and those struggles can make us despair. My only disagreement with Ma Rainey here is that one doesn’t sing to feel better. Though this may be true for the reason for singing the blues, I find that singing DOES make one feel better. Much, much better. I find singing and the sharing of song to be transformation and transcendent. The act of singing (alone or with others) elevates the spirit and changes an ordinary moment (maybe full of sadness, frustration or despair) and changes it into something of beauty, joy, wonder. The music fills up the empty space with glory. If I have any understanding of heaven, this is one of the first places I look to find it.

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

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BLUES, THE BLUES
The Blues in Illustrated and Otherwise Musically Related Picture Books (yet another list inspired by Nikki)
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2013/03/29/the-blues-in-illustrated-and-otherwise-musically-related-picture-books-yet-another-list-inspired-by-nikki/

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August Wilson and a Monologue He Gives to Ma Rainey
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2015/02/23/august-wilson-and-a-monologue-he-gives-to-ma-rainey/

In December 2013, I had the wonderful pleasure to perform in Jill Leger’s musical revue called Christmas Again?!

Just a few weeks ago, she got a video from someone who attended one of the performances.  She writes marvelous, character and story driven songs.  Every song is a stand-alone 3 act play.

This is an addendum the post I wrote about the show:
Christmas Again?! A Holiday Delight!
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2013/12/18/christmas-again-a-holiday-delight/

If you’re looking for a song to sing that will show off your vocal or acting chops, check out the Jill Leger songbook.  You can see a revue’s worth of her songs in the video below:

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December 2013

Jill Leger’s Musical Review titled Christmas Again?!

https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2013/12/18/christmas-again-a-holiday-delight/

Link to view video of the show:
https://vimeo.com/90691529
This video requires password:  Leger

Music and Lyrics by Jill Leger
Piano Accompaniment played Amy Conley

I got to sing 3 solos, group numbers and duets.  My favorites are I MAKE CHRISTMAS HAPPEN and MEADOWBROOK SPRINGS, two of the marvelous songs by Jill Leger, one funny, one to swell your heart:

  • CHRISTMAS AGAIN? (opening group number, seen at the very beginning)
  • I WANT (solo, the second number of the show)
  • I MAKE CHRISTMAS HAPPEN (solo, song starts at 30 minutes and 20 seconds into the video)
  • RETIRED AT LAST (duet, song starts at 37 minutes, 40 seconds into the video)
  • MEADOWBROOK SPRINGS (solo, starts at 50 minutes, 11 seconds into the video)
  • MY CHRISTMAS PUDDING (duet, begins right after MEADOWBROOK SPRINGS)

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EMILY’S UPCOMING (AND PAST) PERFORMANCES:
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/emilys-upcoming-performances/

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CHRISTMAS AGAIN!? This Weekend. Two Performances at Black Fox Lounge, DC
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2013/12/09/christmas-again-this-weekend-two-performances-at-black-fox-lounge-dc/

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CHRISTMAS AGAIN!? FACEBOOK PAGE:
https://www.facebook.com/events/415498988572801/

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CHRISTMAS AGAIN?!  Again, this time in a video.
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2015/02/22/christmas-again-again-this-time-in-a-video/

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VIDEO
For videos featuring “Sing Books with Emily” and Emily’s cabaret performances, visit:
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/video-series/

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Something Martha Graham Said and My Friend Jill
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2012/06/02/something-martha-graham-said-and-my-friend-jill/

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The Sparrow, a Singable Book, an Interview and a Karaoke Sing-Along by Jill Léger (and an Exploration of Collective Nouns)
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2010/03/09/the-sparrow-a-singable-book-an-interview-and-a-karaoke-sing-along-by-jill-leger/

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CHRISTMAS AGAIN?!  Again, this time in a video.
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2015/02/22/christmas-again-again-this-time-in-a-video/

It was such great fun to visit the classes of Ms. Harris (K), Ms. Slovensky (1), Ms. Trojan(1), Ms. Howard (2), Ms. Allen (2), Miss Robin (Pre-K), Ms. Anctil (K), Ms. Coffman (3), Ms. Strickland (3) at Tuckahoe Elementary, Timber Lane Elementary, and Ashlawn Elementary schools.

These are the songs we sang, listed in random order:

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Waking Up is Hard to Do
Music and Lyrics by Neil Sedaka and Howard Greenfield
Children’s Lyrics by Neil Sedaka
Illustrated by Daniel Miyares

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Marsupial Sue
Words by John Lithgow
Music by Bill Elliott
Illustrated by Jack E. Davis

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She'll Be Comin Round the Mountain SBWE

She’ll Be Comin’ ‘Round the Mountain for SBWE
Traditional Words and Tune
Adapted by Emily for SBWE
Page by SBWE
To view or print this page, click here:
She’ll Be Comin Round the Mountain SBWE

You can sing this song with the fun clickety clack of the Limberjack Horse:
2013 12 limberjack4

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take me home country roads
Take Me Home, Country Roads

Words and Music by John Denver, Taffy Nivert and Bill Danoff
Words Adapted by Christopher Canyon
Illustrated by Christopher Canyon
ISBN 978-1584690726

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Do Re Mi / Doe a Deer
Words by Oscar Hammerstein II
Music by Richard Rodgers
From the Musical THE SOUND OF MUSIC
For classroom use only.

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Grandma’s Feather Bed (John Denver’s)
Words and Music by Jim Connor
Adapted and Illustrated by Christopher Canyon

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Rhode Island is Famous for You
Words by Howard Dietz
Music by Arthur Schwartz
Book Assembled by Emily Leatha Everson Gleichenhaus

This book is for home and classroom use only.

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Fifty Nifty States
Words and Music by Ray Charles
Book Assembled by Emily Leatha Everson Gleichenhaus
This item is for classroom, home, or library use only.

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Who is on the United States Money Song
Sing to the Tune of the Can-Can
Words by Emily Leatha Everson Gleichenhaus
Pictures Coordinated by Emily Leatha Everson Gleichenhaus
Hear the song and sing-along with Emily at this link:

http://soundcloud.com/singbookswithemily/who-is-on-the-us-money-song

If you are interested in a copy of this book, please email: SingBooksWithEmily.att.net, or leave a comment to this post.

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The Erie Canal
Traditional Words and tune
Illustrated by Peter Spier

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Puff the Magic Dragon
Words and Music by Peter Yarrow and Lenny Lipton
Illustrated by Eric Puybaret

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COTTLESTON PIE
Poem by A. A. Milne
Music by Harold Fraser-Simson

Sing the song with Emily’s sing-along track, here

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The Owl and the Pussycat

Words by Edward Lear
Musical Settings by Various Artists
Illustrated by James Marshall
(The poem has been set to music a few times. But, for a tune to sing along, I suggest the “Owl and the Pussycat,” vocal track by Lorraine Nelson Wolf on her album “Come Follow Me,” Track 16)
Sing “O&P” along with Emily:

http://soundcloud.com/singbookswithemily/o-p-eleg-061909

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Rubber Duckie
Words and Music by Jeffrey Moss
Book Assembled for Sing Books with Emily

This book is for home and classroom use only.

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I Love You a Bushel and a Peck

Words and Music by Frank Loesser
Illustrated by Rosemary Wells

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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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Snuggle Puppy

Words by Sandra Boynton
Music by Sandra Boynton and Michael Ford
Illustrated by Sandra Boynton

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ABCs with American Sign Language Alphabet
Traditional Words and Tune
Illustrated by Emily Leatha Everson Gleichenhaus
Click here to view or print this card, click here:
letters caps WITH SIGN

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ZYX Sing Along Card with ASL Alphabet and Guitar Chords by ELEG for SBWE

Traditional Words and Tune
Illustrated by Emily Leatha Everson Gleichenhaus
To view or print this Sing Along Card, click here:
ZYX letters caps WITH SIGN and chords portrait ELEG 4 SBWE

Sing the ZYX’s along with me!  Just click here:

http://soundcloud.com/singbookswithemily/zyxs-eleg-2010

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Love Me Tender
Words Elvis Presley, Vera Matson (credited),  Ken Darby (uncredited)
Music by George R. Poulton
Illustrated by Tom Browning

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Our Abe Lincoln
Traditional Tune, Sing to the tune of “The Old Gray Mare
Words Adapted by Jim Aylesworth
Illustrated by Barbara McClintock

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Mail Myself to You
Words and Music by Woody Guthrie
Illustrated by Emily Leatha Everson Gleichenhaus
This item is for classroom, home and library use only.

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A-You’re Adorable with ASL Alphabet
Words and Music by Buddy Kaye, Fred Wise and Sidney Lippman
Illustrated by Emily Leatha Everson Gleichenhaus
This item is for classroom, home, or library use only.

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The Hippopotamus Song
Words by Michael Flanders
Music by Donald Swann and Michael Flanders
Illustrated by Nadine Bernard Westcott
ISBN: 0-316-28557-9
This book features printed sheet music

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Sunshine on My Shoulders
Words by John Denver
Music by John Denver, Mike Taylor & Dick Kniss
Illustrated by Christopher Canyon

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The Surrey with the Fringe on Top

Words by Oscar Hammerstein II
Music by Richard Rodgers
Illustrated by James Warhola

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REQUESTS FOR THIS WEEK
Stars indicate number of requests (in random order)

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RHODE ISLAND IS FAMOUS FOR YOU

This week, Ms. Howard’s class submitted some nice ideas for new RHODE ISLAND verses

  • Lice comes from A-lice-ka (John Paul)
  • Pie comes from O-pie-O (John Paul)
  • Mangos come from Mangolia (this would be for the international version, by Amy and Heather)
  • Ohio is famous for bukeyes (Madeline)

For the full post of the ideas submitted by kids, click here:
NEW VERSES FOR RHODE ISLAND IS FAMOUS FOR YOU
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2015/01/31/new-verses-for-rhode-island-is-famous-for-you/

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NEIL SEDAKA
THE ILLUSTRATED SONGS OF NEIL SEDAKA
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2015/01/24/the-illustrated-songs-of-neil-sedaka/

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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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RODGERS AND HAMMERSTEIN

Singable Picture Books of Rodgers & Hammerstein Songs
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2010/04/10/a-few-favorite-singable-books-part-59-rodgers-hammerstein/

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ROSEMARY WELLS
The Singable Picture Books of Illustrator Rosemary Wells
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2013/05/26/the-singable-picture-books-of-illustrator-rosemary-wells/

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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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VALENTINE’S DAY
Celebrate Valentine’s Day with this collection of Singable Picture Books which express one person’s love for another.

https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/02/14/singable-picture-books-celebrating-love-for-valentines-day/

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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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A. A. MILNE

Almost all Pooh and Poetry by A. A. Milne and Illustrated by E. H. Shepard is Singable!
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2010/05/04/a-few-favorite-singable-books-the-world-of-a-a-milne/

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AMERICAN HISTORY: CELEBRATING THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AND HER CITIZENS AND TELL STORIES OF AMERICAN HISTORY
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2010/06/22/a-patriotic-list-of-singable-books-for-july-4th/

This post is an addendum to the post
TAKE ME HOME COUNTRY ROADS, AN ILLUSTRATED SONG
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2013/05/02/take-me-home-country-roads-a-singable-picture-book/

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I got to sing TAKE ME HOME COUNTRY ROADS (probably the number one favorite song in the Sing Books Repertoire) as one of my songs at the HEARTS AND DARTS Valentine Concert on Friday, 2/6/2015 at Maggie’s Cabaret.

It was a wonderful experience when the audience sang along with lots of heart and gusto. It is amazing how that song engages the hearts of so many.  One nice lady told me afterward that her daughter was born in Japan and sang that song when she was a little girl there.  She could not believe when she moved to the United States that people here sang that song in English!  So it seems that people all over the world are touched by the song and it’s expression of love for the roads that lead us home.

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take me home country roads
Take Me Home, Country Roads

Words and Music by John Denver, Taffy Nivert and Bill Danoff
Words Adapted by Christopher Canyon
Illustrated by Christopher Canyon
ISBN 978-1584690726

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HEARTS AND DARTS at Maggie’s Cabaret, Friday, February 6, 1015
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2015/01/08/hearts-and-darts-at-maggies-cabaret-friday-february-6-1015/

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JOHN DENVER
The Singable Picture Books of John Denver
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2012/04/16/the-singable-picture-books-of-john-denver/

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Country Roads at Maggie’s Cabaret on 2/6/2015
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2015/02/12/country-roads-at-maggies-cabaret-on-262015/

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TAKE ME HOME COUNTRY ROADS, AN ILLUSTRATED SONG
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2013/05/02/take-me-home-country-roads-a-singable-picture-book/

This post is under construction.

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My plan is to make a book for this poem and have the music made to sing it.  My favorite setting is the folky version by Phil Ochs.

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Full poem here:
http://www.poetryloverspage.com/poets/poe/bells.html

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Sung by Phil Ochs

www.youtube.com/watch?v=p3FzveBu_34

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Lyrics of the song with guitar chords by Phil Ochs
http://web.cecs.pdx.edu/~trent/ochs/lyrics/bells.html

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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/

Many of these are Sing Books repertoire favorites and also staples of my childhood.

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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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It’s Raining, It’s Pouring 
Words and Music by Peter Paul and Mary
Illustrated by Christine Davenier
This book features a recording of Peter Paul & Mary’s performance of the song.

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The Night Before Christmas
Poem by Clement C. Moore
Performed by Peter, Paul and Mary
Solo Performance of Music Setting by Noel PAUL Stookey
Music by Noel Paul Stookey
Illustrated by Eric Puybaret
(This book comes packaged with a CD recording of Noel Paul Stookey’s performance of “Night Before Christmas” as well as a reading by Mary Travers, and Peter, Paul and Mary’s recording of “A’Soalin”)

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Puff the Magic Dragon
Words and Music by Peter Yarrow and Lenny Lipton
Illustrated by Eric Puybaret

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Peter Paul & Mary website:
http://www.peterpaulandmary.com/

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Peter Paul & Mary wiki:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peter,_Paul_and_Mary

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PETER PAUL AND MARY
SONGS OF PETER PAUL & MARY IN SINGABLE PICTURE BOOKS
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2015/01/31/songs-of-peter-paul-mary-in-singable-picture-books/

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PETER YARROW SONGBOOK SERIES

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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PETE SEEGER
The Singable Picture Books of Pete Seeger
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2010/06/13/pete-seeger-the-power-of-song/

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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/

A thought on creativity and the voices that can get put in our heads…and the conclusions we can draw from them…

My son was in my office with me and I decided it would be fun to read a poem, pulled this wonderful book off the shelf…

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Poetry Speaks to Children

Edited by Elise Paschen
Illustrated by Judy Love, Wendy Rasmussen, Paula Zinngrabe Wendland
(Comes with a CD of artists and authors reading the poems)

…and turned randomly to the poem HOW TO PAINT A DONKEY (p. 55) and then read it out loud.

Like serendipity, it is a little thing I’ve been looking for without knowing that’s what I needed:

HOW TO PAINT A DONKEY
Naomi Shihab Nye

She said the head was too large,
the hooves too small.

I could clean my paintbrush
but I couldn’t get rid of that voice.

While they watched,
I crumpled him,

let his blue body
stain my hand.

I cried when he hit the can.
She smiled. I could try again.

Maybe this is what I unfold in the dark,
deciding, for the rest of my life,

that donkey was just the right size.

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Some thinkin’ from me:

There are voices like this in my head. I am even more bitter (I admit it) that there have been those who have put similar voices in the heads of my children. I’ve publicly named them before and got criticism for it…I was called “uncivil” for speaking of what happened and naming the person who did it. I’m not sorry…(how on earth does a problem get fixed unless someone is honest about it???).

It took me a long, long time to realize the conclusion of this poem. I work hard to put the conclusion of this poem in my children’s heads to reside along side the bad seeds deposited by those who I can only think of as evil.

Having had this experience, and getting to sing with children, and knowing the world is sprinkled like defective pixie dust with those who put the voice of invalidity and doubt in children’s heads, one of my goals is to be an antidote. I think the right song at the right time can neutralize a whole heap of what’s wrong with the world. This poem is good, too. I read it and said, YES!! …that donkey was just the right size!!!!

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Painted Path blog post and wonderful painting about this poem:
http://www.paintedpath.org/2012/07/soulful-conversation-giveway-enough.html

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Info & Thinking about Singable Picture Books
Emily’s Thoughtful Meanderings on the Subject of Singable Picture Books
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/resources-for-inspiration-and-information/


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