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I just read the news that Anne Meara died today.

I’d like to share a little memory, a little moment in time that I’ll never forget, a loving little tribute:

Rest In Peace Dear Anne Meara. I spent an evening with her at HB Studio, it must have been 1992. I’d just moved to NYC and took a song performance class at HB Studio. Somehow I got cast in the Fall Benefit 1992. Charles Nelson Reilly directed and Donna McKechnie staged it. Stiller and Meara did a skit. I got to sit next to Anne Meara and put on makeup in the dressing room. I was scared and star struck out of my mind. She was so nice to me. Many blessings and thank yous to Anne Meara.

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/25/arts/anne-meara-comedian-and-actress-dies-at-85.html?_r=0

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Related Posts

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In Memoriam: Memorial Posts for People Who Have Meant the World to Me
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2014/10/06/in-memorium/

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Charles Nelson Reilly and My First Cabaret
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/09/08/charles-nelson-reilly-and-my-first-cabaret/

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/

This week I got to visit with the classes of Mr. Mitchell (K) Ms. Resutek (1), Ms. Hissong (1), Ms. George (1), Miss Robin (Pre-K), Ms. Sacket/Ms. Altvater (1), Ms. Anctil (K), Ms. Mason (K), Ms. Strickland (3), Ms. Coffman (3) at Tuckahoe Elementary, Timber Lane Elementary, Carlin Springs Elementary and Ashlawn Elementary schools.

In each class, we sang a selection of songs from the following randomly ordered list:

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Easter Parade
Words and Music by Irving Berlin
Illustrated by Lisa McCue
Published by HarperCollinsPublishers, New York
ISBN 0-06-029125-7

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beautiful soup can w mock turtle coin
BEAUTIFUL SOUP
Words by Lewis Carroll
From ALICE’S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND
Adaptation of the Poem “Star Of The Evening,” by James M. Sayle
Musical Settings by Various Artists
Illustration Adaptation of Andy Warhol’s Green Pea Soup Can from Campbell’s Soup I (1969)

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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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Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
Original Story by Robert L. May
Written for Montgomery Ward Department Store in 1939
Illustrated by Denver Gillen
Set to Music by Johnny Marks (1948)
(I created a sing-along book for Johnny Mark’s tune with the Denver Gillen Illustrations.  Fun to sing!)

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smokey the bear song 1 - smaller
Smokey the Bear (Song)
Words and Music by Steve Nelson and Jack Rollins
U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, 1952

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smokey the bear song 2 - smaller
Smokey the Bear (Conservation Pledge, Flip side of Smokey the Bear Song)
Words and Music by Steve Nelson and Jack Rollins
U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, 1952

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smokey the bear book eleg sbwe cover only
Smokey the Bear (Illustrated Song)
Words and Music by Steve Nelson and Jack Rollins
Pictures Assembled from Resources Online
This book is for classroom use only.

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Here Comes Peter Cottontail
Words and Music by Steve Nelson and Jack Rollins
Illustrated by Pamela R. Levy

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tomorrow 4 sbwe cover only
Tomorrow
Words by Martin Charnin
Music by Charles Strouse
From the Musical ANNIE
For classroom use only.

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tomorrow 4 sbwe i love ya tomorrow
Favorite Lyric from
TOMORROW
Poster by Sing Books with Emily
To view or print this poster, click here:
tomorrow 4 sbwe i love ya tomorrow

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tomorrow sbwe poster
TOMORROW Poster 4 SBWE
Poster by Sing Books with Emily
To view or print this poster, click here:
tomorrow sbwe poster

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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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The Teddy Bears’ Picnic
Words and Music by Jimmy Kennedy
Illustrated by Michael Hague
ISBN 978-0-8050-5349-4

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United States State Capitals Song
Traditional Words and Tune
Illustrated by Emily Leatha Everson Gleichenhaus

Sing Along with Emily:

https://soundcloud.com/singbookswithemily/us-state-capitals-song-sbwe

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

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USA map with colors & capital stars SBWE
United States State Capitals Song
USA Map with Capital Stars for SBWE
Traditional Words and Tune
Illustrated by Emily Leatha Everson Gleichenhaus
To view or print this map, click here:
USA map with colors & capital stars SBWE

Sing Along with Emily:

https://soundcloud.com/singbookswithemily/us-state-capitals-song-sbwe

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octopus's garden starr cort
Octopus’s Garden
Words and Music by Ringo Starr
Illustrated by Ben Cort

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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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do re me poster 4 sbwe
Do Re Mi Poster for Sing Books
You can use this poster when singing Do Re Mi / Doe a Deer
do re me poster 4 sbwe

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Star Spangled Banner

Words by Francis Scott Key
Music by J. Stafford Smith
Illustrated by Todd Ouren

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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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Take Me Out to the Ball Game
Words by Jack Norworth
Music by Albert Von Tilzer
Illustrated by Amiko Hirao
Performed by Carly Simon
This edition gets a GOLD STAR for including the FULL song (both verses and chorus) and a fabulous recording of Carly Simon and her delightful arrangement she made for Ken Burn’s documentary Baseball

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Both Sides Now
Words and Music by Joni Mitchell
Illustrated by Alan Baker
ISBN 0-590-45668-7

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

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Requests this Week
(Titles with stars got more than one request)

Do Re Mi / Doe a Deer

A Fairy Went A-Marketing

Fifty Nifty States ***

Grandma’s Feather Bed (John Denver’s) ***

I Ain’t Gonna Paint No More

I’m in Love with a Big Blue Frog***

Late for School***

Mail Myself to You

The Owl and the Pussycat

Puff the Magic Dragon***

Rhode Island is Famous for You***

Take Me Out to the Ball Game***

The Teddy Bears’ Picnic

There’s a Train Out for Dreamland

Tomorrow

United States State Capitals Song ***(Before singing this song, I often close my eyes and pick two different states, and quiz the kids for the capital of that state.  A cute friend in one of the classes asked that I bring this the next time and could we please be sure to do the quiz at the end)

Waltzing Matilda

 

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Related Posts

 

This post is an addendum to the post:

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Using TWINKLE LITTLE STAR to Earn Girl Scout Performer Badge
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2015/03/08/using-twinkle-little-star-to-earn-girl-scout-performer-badge/

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You’ll need a standard straight (no boom) microphone stand and microphone to practice with.  The microphone we used was a toy, but the size and shape of a generic mic.

These are notes for what we talked about on how to conduct yourself before, during and after a performance.

BEFORE:  YOUR STATE OF MIND AND BODY

(Have patience, this all takes time, practice and experience)

  • Be grounded, keep your energy relaxed, confident and in your solar plexus
  • Prepare to enter with your mission, to share, to give the gift, to communicate and have a conversation
  • You’ve done the work, have confidence in it as your launch pad
  • Long and tall (lifted hyoid bone, tail bone down), relaxed body, head floating, breath low into belly/lower back and lungs, breath into mask, open and lifted soft palette
  • Always be gracious, but don’t apologize

MOMENT BEFORE STEPPING OUT

  • Take a deep, relaxing, grounding breath.
  • Maybe a focusing/psychological catch phrase

STEPPING OUT

  • Long and tall (lifted hyoid bone, tail bone down), relaxed body, head floating, breath low into belly/lower back and lungs, breath into mask, open and lifted soft palette
  • Enter with your mission to share, to give the gift, to communicate and have a conversation
  • Confident strides, don’t hurry, take your time
  • Engage with audience, confident and welcoming
  • Some sort of friendly/gracious greeting, then a grounding breath, then your patter

MICROPHONE

  • Adjust height using the twisting handle grip (“Rightsy Tightsy, Leftsy Loosey”)
  • Microphone aimed toward your mouth, just below your chin so it does not obscure your face
  • If you are going to hold the mic, take the microphone out of the holder and move the stand out of the way

BEGINNING YOUR SET

  • Engage with audience, confident and welcoming and with your mission (the reason you are singing) in mind
  • Some sort of friendly greeting, then a grounding breath, then your patter
  • As best you can throughout, maintain your posture (long and tall, energy in solar plexus, breathing low). You can always pause in between or during applause to breath low and reset

ENDING YOUR SET

  • A gracious bow (always gracious acknowledgement that they appreciate what you did for them and that you worked hard to be there, no apologies for honest mistakes)
  • When you are finished, put the microphone back in the holder and move it back to original position.  The next person will make his/her own adjustments to the mic stand.
  • Exit with the the same confident strides with which you entered.  Don’t hurry.

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Relates Posts

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Troop 2740 Girl Scout Juniors Earn the MUSICIAN BADGE, March 2014
https://brownietroop2740.wordpress.com/2014/01/16/musician-badge-with-mrs-g/

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MANY SONGS, ONE TWINKLY TUNE
Twinkle, ABC, Baa are only 3 of the many songs that use the same familiar tune
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2009/12/17/abc-twinkle-star-baa-blacksheep-singable-books-and-all-the-fix-ins-and-a-youre-adorable-too/

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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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GIRL SCOUT SONGBOOK WITH MRS. G AND FRIENDS
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/girl-scout-songbook-w-mrs-g-friends/

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Girl Scout Juniors Musician Badge: ENTRANCE COMPORTMENT, POSTURE, MICROPHONE TECHNIQUE, AUDIENCE ENGAGEMENT
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2015/03/13/performance-badge-entrance-comportment-posture-microphone-technique-audience-engagement/

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GS junior musician badge
TWINKLE LITTLE STAR to Earn Girl Scout Junior Musician Badge
Activity Set Developed by Emily Leatha Everson Gleichenhaus for SBWE
A set of activities for anyone, anywhere, of any age.  Explore 300 years of TWINKLY history, then explore song performance techniques and activities singing TWINKLE LITTLE STAR to begin learning the art and craft of singing a song for performance or just for fun.

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My daughter is in Girl Scout Troop 2863 and we recently earned the Girl Scout Juniors Musician Badge.

I conducted the earning of this badge last year with Troop 2740 with a different set of activities singing songs of historical significance and visiting artifacts directly related to the songs in Washington, DC.

This group of activities specifically relates to the art and craft of singing a song for performance (or just for fun).

For anyone who is conducting a troop of Girl Scout Junior to earn this Musican Badge or for anyone who wants to take a beginner class on HOW TO SING A SONG FOR PERFORMANCE OR JUST FOR FUN, this post is for you.

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A FEW NOTES

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Participants were asked only to come prepared to sing TWINKLE LITTLE STAR.

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I conducted this class for a troop of Girl Scouts troop, but this technique works for anyone of any age to begin the journey of singing a song for performance or just for fun.

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Many of the girls were highly reluctant to sing on their own.  Because I wanted the experience to be completely fun, empowering and uplifting, it was easy to adjust activities so all the girls sang together as a group instead of one at a time.

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Links below take you to posts with more information on the subjects, especially:

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twinkle little star sheet w chords by ELEG for SBWE
Twinkle Little Star Song Sheet with Guitar Chords by ELEG for SBWE
Words by Jane Taylor
Traditional Tune
Page Coordinated by Emily Leatha Everson Gleichenhaus for SBWE
To view or print this song sheet, click here:
twinkle little star sheet w chords by ELEG for SBWE

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Introduction to TWINKLE LITTLE STAR
The badge requires exploring music around the world and/or through various periods of time.  Seemingly a simple nursery tune, one can travel through nearly 400 years in France, England the the United States just by looking at the origins of TWINKLE LITTLE STAR. For links to more comprehensive study and the section “Context of Twinkly Tunes in a Nutshell” to explore this topic, visit the post MANY SONGS, ONE FAMOUS TWINKLY TUNE.

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Introduction to HOW TO SING A SONG FOR PERFORMANCE
There is a lot one can with what seems like a simple nursery rhyme that everyone knows. It can be a simple little song to sing to goof off or just for fun or it can be a song that means something to the singer with a story to tell which takes the audience on a sweet emotional journey. It just all depends on how one thinks about and approaches it and how one performs it with experience, knowledge, honesty and authenticity.

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Activity 1: BREAK THE ICE

  • Stand in a circle and sing the song in unison as a group.  Think about the words!
  • Each girl get up one at a time and sing TWINKLE LITTLE STAR.
  • Each girl can make a mental or written note for how she felt about it, what she’d like to work on, what felt good.

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Activity 2: THE ARTIST’S HOMEWORK

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Activity 3: ON YOUR FEET, TRY IT AGAIN

  • Each girl sing the song again and note how knowing and discovering more about the song changes how she sings it.

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Activity 4: PRACTICAL AND MECHANICAL SKILLS

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Activity 5: PUT IT ALL TOGETHER, KEEP TRYING

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Random Thoughts on the Subject

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The activities here are geared toward the Girl Scout Juniors and their age group, but the work foundations are the same for anyone of any age.  If a grownup you know is interested in learning how to sing a song, this info will get them started.  I’ve studied and performed professionally (and non professionally) in many places for many years and the foundations for the art and craft of singing a song are the same:  know your material inside and out, master your personal vocal technique (in other words, do the best with what you’ve got…a voice like Barbra Streisand is not necessarily required, though it doesn’t hurt, masterful communication trumps a great voice), connect personally, connect with the audience, keep it simple, be honest and authentic, fly free.

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Cut/Paste of “Context of Twinkly Tunes in a Nutshell
From post: MANY SONGS, ONE FAMOUS TWINKLY TUNE

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Related Posts

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Troop 2740 Girl Scout Juniors Earn the MUSICIAN BADGE, March 2014
https://brownietroop2740.wordpress.com/2014/01/16/musician-badge-with-mrs-g/

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MANY SONGS, ONE TWINKLY TUNE
Twinkle, ABC, Baa are only 3 of the many songs that use the same familiar tune
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2009/12/17/abc-twinkle-star-baa-blacksheep-singable-books-and-all-the-fix-ins-and-a-youre-adorable-too/

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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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GIRL SCOUT SONGBOOK WITH MRS. G AND FRIENDS
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/girl-scout-songbook-w-mrs-g-friends/

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Girl Scout Juniors Musician Badge: ENTRANCE COMPORTMENT, POSTURE, MICROPHONE TECHNIQUE, AUDIENCE ENGAGEMENT
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2015/03/13/performance-badge-entrance-comportment-posture-microphone-technique-audience-engagement/

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Using TWINKLE LITTLE STAR to Earn Girl Scout Performer Badge
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2015/03/08/using-twinkle-little-star-to-earn-girl-scout-performer-badge/

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SONG PERFORMANCE WORKSHEET FOR KIDS FOR SING BOOKS WITH EMILY

Song performance worksheet for kids

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The Art and Craft of Singing a Song: Tell Me a Story! Sing Me 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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USEFUL TUNES IN THE PUBLIC DOMAIN
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2012/07/15/useful-tunes-in-the-public-domain/

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Resources for Sheet Music (Online, in Print, Commercial and Free)
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/09/13/online-resources-for-sheet-music-commercial-and-free/

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MUSICIAN BADGE with Mrs. G for Girl Scout Juniors Troop 2740, Activity 2/2: the Singable Hike in Washington, DC
http://brownietroop2740.wordpress.com/2014/01/20/musician-badge-with-mrs-g-the-singable-hike-in-washington-dc/

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MUSICIAN BADGE with Mrs. G, for Girl Scout Juniors Troop 2740, Activities 1/2: HOW TO SING A SONG FOR PERFORMANCE OR JUST FOR FUN
http://brownietroop2740.wordpress.com/2014/01/16/musician-badge-with-mrs-g/

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Troop 2740 Girl Scout Juniors March (and Kazoo Patriotic Tunes) in the George Washington Birthday Parade 2014
http://brownietroop2740.wordpress.com/2014/02/18/troop-2740-marches-in-2014-george-washington-birthday-parade-in-alexandria-va/

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Girl Scouts Songs for Troop 2740 Songbook Resources Page
http://brownietroop2740.wordpress.com/girl-scouts-songs-troop-2740/

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SHEET MUSIC RESOURCES
Resources for Sheet Music (Online, in Print, Commercial and Free)
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/09/13/online-resources-for-sheet-music-commercial-and-free/

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SING-ALONG RESOURCES AND PRINTABLE MATERIALS
This is the place to find Print Materials Created by Emily, Service Providers, Vendors, Audio and Video to help you SING-ALONG!
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/sing-along-resources-2/

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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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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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/


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