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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/

Holy Smokes!  My pal David McMullin announced that he started a website for his writing and illustration for Children’s Books.  I’ve always known David as a performer, but check this out:
http://www.davidmcmullinbooks.com/

He’s doing cut paper illustration and it is absolutely gorgeous.

Here’s a link to his page of pictures:
http://www.davidmcmullinbooks.com/sample-page/

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This on is called SPACE
david mcmullin Space-1024x660
Illustration by David McMullin

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David’s cup paper illustration of the United States Capitol Building in Washington, DC
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Illustration by David McMullin

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It’s hard to believe it was 6 years ago, but I got to do a cabaret show with David at Capitol Hill Art Workshop:


“Cabaret Connections” in 2008
(From Left:  Matt Howe, Emily Leatha Everson Gleichenhaus, Dean Reichard, Cathrine Saterlee, Alex Tang, David McMullin)

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Addendum 1/2/2015

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David’s blog post about writing a song and planning to make it a picture book:
http://www.davidmcmullinbooks.com/sing-a-song/
(and I’m very proud to say he put a link to Sing Books blog and had some nice comments, too)

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SING A SONG
Article by David McMullin on writing a song for possible illustration:
http://www.davidmcmullinbooks.com/sing-a-song/

This is an addendum to the post
The Erie Canal, an Illustrated Song

https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2014/05/26/erie-canal-an-illustrated-song/

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10/26/2014, CBS Sunday Morning’s Almanac Celebrates ERIE CANAL 

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WiZ7hRVNqPQ

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The Erie Canal
Traditional Words and tune
Illustrated by Peter Spier

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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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PETER SPIER
The Singable Picture Books of Peter Spier
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2012/06/29/singable-picture-books-of-peter-spier/

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

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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/

2014 terri allen by elise kress
Beautiful photo of Terri taken by her friend Elise Kress

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Terri Allen’s Memorial Service

Terri Allen: A Celebration in Word and Song.
Saturday Sept. 13, 2014 at MCCDC
Service at 2:00 followed by potluck.
Metropolitan Community Church of Washington, DC
474 Ridge Street NW, a block and a half from the Mt. Vernon Metro stop

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DC Cabaret Network Memorial Open Mic for Terri Allen

There will be an open mic in Terri Allen’s memory on

Monday, September 15, 2014
8 PM

Musical Director: George Fulginiti-Shakar
Warehouse Theatre (enter through the Passenger Bar)
1021 7th St. NW, Washington, DC

Donation requested:
Cover charge: $10
Singers: plus $5.00

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Heart and Soul.  Terri Allen was saturated with Heart and Soul.  That is how she SANG sang and that is what she GAVE to everything she did and everyone she knew.

Terri Allen left this world on August 21, 2014.  I am going to miss her.

Terri supported and encouraged me.  She said nice things and gave me opportunities and pushed me to do more.

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This is Terri and I in 2006 at the DC Cabaret Network Member Showcase at the Arts Club of Washington when we worked together on the board of the DC Cabaret Network.

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To Fellow Friends of Terri Allen:

If you are a friend of Terri Allen and would like to contribute memories or thoughts to this post, please write a comment!  Or, if you would like to send your thoughts to my email address:  singbookswithemily@att.net, I will be glad to post them for you.

Thank you!

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Terri Allen’s Online Presence

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TERRI ALLEN’S WEBSITE
Terri Allen Singer & Actor
http://www.terriallen.net/
You can hear her sing at her site and see some beautiful pictures of her

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Terri’s Facebook Page:
https://www.facebook.com/therese.allen.10

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Terri’s Obituary on WashingtonPost.com
http://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/terri-allen-executive-director-of-the-dc-cabaret-network-dies-at-63/2014/08/28/9ae84d7e-2e10-11e4-9b98-848790384093_story.html

I left this comment with Terri’s obituary:

Terri Allen was a wonderful friend. She was incredibly talented, infusing her performances with that kind of late afternoon sunshine and soulful depth. She was authentic and honest. Terri was the real deal and an example of the kind of human being this world could use  more. As a friend, Terri was supportive and present. Those of us who knew and loved her will forever be warmed by her presence in our lives.
Terri Allen’s performer website (pictures, bio, and hear her sing),
http://www.terriallen.net/

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Terri Allen’s Videos for the 2010 United States Census

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2010 United States Census, A New Portrait of America video:
Terri Allen worked with a team to produce this video.  The voice over artist is Terri and she wrote the lyrics of the beautiful song at the end (music by Todd Hahn):

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This one, too: Another 2010 United States Census, A New Portrait of America video:

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Addendum 8/25/2014
Maris, a wise mutual friend of Terri’s and mine, said of these videos, 
“The census videos are so beautiful…and it is a delight to hear Terri’s narrating voice. As always, she believes every word…”
It goes to how authentic Terri was.  Terri was the real deal.  She was never fake or untrue or dishonest.  She was 100% authentic.

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DC Cabaret Network

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Terri and I served together for many years on the board of the DC Cabaret Network.  She became its Executive Director.  She loved the DC Cabaret Network and worked very hard (and succeeded) to create a warm and inviting atmosphere to share and grow in song:
DC Cabaret Network Website:
http://www.dccabaretnetwork.org/

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SongSpeak, the blog of the DC Cabaret Network
http://songspeak.wordpress.com/

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Lovely tribute from DC Cabaret Network to inform its members about Terri’s passing:

In Memory of Terri Allen

The DC Cabaret Network is heartbroken to share the news that Executive Director Terri Allen died unexpectedly on August 21.

Terri’s presence in Washington’s cabaret scene was unique and immeasurable. Her artistry, passion, and dedication encouraged countless singers to step up to a microphone and bare their souls through music. Her love for music and singers had no bounds.

We are working with Terri’s family to organize a memorial service, which will be announced in a second email. The September 15 Open Mic at the Warehouse Theatre will be in her memory.

Terri will be missed greatly as an artist, leader, and friend.

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Terri and I performed in many shows together, including:

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2013 06 Maggie's Milestones
A Magical Evening at Maggie’s, Milestones, June 2013

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The cast of the grown-up Contemporary Cabaret, “RUN AWAY WITH ME”
From Left:  Lonny Smith, Terri Allen, Emily Leatha Everson, Justin Ritchie

July & August 2010

Our blog page for RUN AWAY WITH ME, A CONTEMPORARY CABARET:
http://runawaywithmecabaret.wordpress.com/

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Cast of “Run Away With Me”  at Capital Fringe Festival 2010
(From Left:  Terri Allen, Justin Ritchie, Emily Leatha Everson, Lonny Smith)

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Psycho Cabaret, Capital Fringe Festival 2008
(From Left: George Fulginiti-Shakar, Emily Leatha Everson, Lonny Smith, Terri Allen, Arlene Hill, Judy Simmons, Chris Cochran, Michael Vitaly Sazonov)

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Naked Cabaret 2007 2 - Copy
Naked Cabaret II, Capital Fringe Festival 2007
L-R:  Lonny Smith, Emily Gleichenhaus, Terri Allen, George Fulginiti-Shakar

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Naked Cabaret, Capital Fringe Festival, 2006
L-R: George Fulginiti-Shakar, Judy Simmons, Lonny Smith, Emily Gleichenhaus, Steven Cupo, Terri Allen

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Terri’s 9/13/2014 Memorial Program, side 1
Terri Allen Mem Program 20140913 1

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Terri’s 9/13/2014 Memorial, side 2
Terri Allen Mem Program 20140913 2

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Goodbye, Terri, I Had Fun with You

This little song is based on another little song.  I wrote the poem in 2nd grade and a tune came for the little song about a month ago.  While practicing the guitar, this came along:

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goodbye terri by eleg
Goodbye, Terri

Words and Music by Emily Leatha Everson Gleichenhaus
To view or print this song sheet, click here:
goodbye terri by eleg

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Terri Allen’s Memorial Open Mic
Monday, September 15, 2014 at the Warehouse Theatre in Washington, DC

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A write up about the event and those who sang and spoke at the event on DC Cabaret Network’s Blog SongSpeak:

http://songspeak.wordpress.com/2014/09/24/terri-allen-remembered-in-song/

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I have another little memory to add.  Byron Muray is a friend and singer with the DC Cabaret Network.  He also writes beautiful prose and poetry and often shares his work or reads the work of others before he sings.  It’s always a lovely, thoughtful and fully perfect compliment to the music.  Before Byraon sang “Lazy Afternoon,” he offered this lovely prose, reading his work:

As I was walking down Massachusetts Avenue recently in the late afternoon, I saw a deer—a beautiful doe—standing less than 20 fee away at the edge of the trees that descend down to the valley below. It was feasting on the vegetation at its hooves.
As I looked, I noticed that from time to time, it would look up at me fearlessly. As I gazed back at this magnificent wild creature, I felt an extraordinary presence—a quiet communication. Then I thought of you, wandering somewhere new in the ether and wondered if you felt it, too.

Byron Murray, Monday, September 15, 2014, Warehouse Theatre, Washington, DC at Terri Allen’s DC Cabaret Network Memorial Open Mic

I wrote and asked Byron how he came to write this lovely story.  He wrote to me:

Later on the day I learned about Terri I took a walk down Mass Ave about 4 pm.  Just across from the British Embassy I saw a deer standing there.  I stopped to take a look and thought it would dart off but it just stood there with an almost  defiant stance.  It seemed odd to see a deer at that time of day and especially one that was just hanging around.  Everything seemed otherworldly and silent–sort of out of our time zone. The thought of Terri came in to my head and I felt I was part of something not of this sphere.  I stood there for nearly 10 minutes.  Finally I walked away and a few times I looked back and the deer was still there and really would look up at me occasionally.  I finally got so far away that I could no longer see it but I didn’t actually see it go back into the wooded area.  I’m not sure what this was all about but I know that I will never forget those 10 minutes.  When I got home I put down the thoughts that I shared on Monday.

Many thanks to Byron for his lovely and thoughtful tribute.

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Goodbye, Terri, I Had Fun with You
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2014/09/14/goodbye-terri-i-had-fun-with-you/

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GOODBYE, SUMMER, AN ILLUSTRATED SONG BY ELEG FOR SBWE
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2014/08/14/goodbye-summer-an-illustrated-song-by-eleg-for-sbwe/

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SONGS BY EMILY
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/songs-by-emily/

This information is an Addendum to the post:
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THE STAR SPANGLED BANNER, AN ILLUSTRATED SONG
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2010/09/14/the-defense-of-fort-mchenry-written-this-day-196-years-ago-by-francis-scott-key/

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Addendum 8/21/21014

Thank Goodness it was re-broadcast recently or I might not have see it, a C-Span3 (American History Channel) broadcast of a 7/3/2014 panel lecture/presentation/discussion at the Library of Congress called MYTHS SURROUNDING THE STAR-SPANGLED BANNER

To watch the video of the excellent, eye opening talk, click here:
http://www.c-span.org/video/?320280-1/myths-surrounding-starspangled-banner

Some things I learned from the video:

  • Francis Scott Key did not ride out the battle on a British Ship.  He was transferred to his own American ship, which was tethered to a British ship for the duration of the battle and for about 3 days after the battle while the British gathered themselves together to leave, after making arrangements with the British for the release of Key’s friend and client Dr. Beanes.
  • Francis Scott Key, like many Americans at the time knew it,  knew the tune to To Anacreon in Heaven and purposefully wrote his song (not poem) to the melodic structure of that existing tune.  This is something done all the time, even today, setting new words to familiar tunes, and Key did this on purpose after the Battle of Fort McHenry and while he waited on his own ship to be released by the British.

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Wiki for the song To Anacreon in Heaven, the tune for which Francis Scott Key wrote the words that became known as THE STAR-SPANGLED BANNER and the USA National Anthem
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/To_Anacreon_in_Heaven

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Who is Anacreon?
Anacreon was a Greek lyric poet, notable for his drinking songs and hymns. Later Greeks included him in the canonical list of nine lyric poets.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anacreon

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THE STAR SPANGLED BANNER, AN ILLUSTRATED SONG
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2010/09/14/the-defense-of-fort-mchenry-written-this-day-196-years-ago-by-francis-scott-key/

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Star-Spangled Banner, Another Illustrated Rendition, this one from the Smithsonian Institution
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2012/10/25/star-spangled-banner-another-illustrated-rendition-this-one-from-the-smithsonian-institution/

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STAR SPANGLED BANNER ON ANTIQUES ROADSHOW
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2012/02/07/star-spangled-banner-on-antiques-roadshow/

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The Defense of Fort McHenry, written this day (September 14, 2010) 196 years ago by Francis Scott Key, became our National Anthem, “The Star-Spangled Banner”

https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2010/09/14/the-defense-of-fort-mchenry-written-this-day-196-years-ago-by-francis-scott-key/

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FLAG DAY, JUNE 14

https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/06/14/june-14-is-flag-day-celebrate-with-singable-picture-books/

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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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NATIONAL PARKS (and PRAISE for National Park Rangers)
Singable Picture Books that illustrate songs with origins in locations of United States history which are in the care of the National Park Service
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2012/04/09/in-praise-of-national-park-rangers/

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Smithsonian Magazine, November 2013, 101 Objects that Made America
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2013/11/28/smithsonian-magazine-november-2013-101-objects-that-made-america/

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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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SINGABLE SITES IN WASHINGTON DC – HISTORY
A list of song titles with links to posts of songs that will enrich your experience, or are directly related to, historical locations in (or near) Washington, DC
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2014/02/07/singable-sites-in-washington-dc-history/

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THE STAR SPANGLED BANNER, a Patriotic Girl Scout Song for Troop 2740
http://brownietroop2740.wordpress.com/2014/02/07/the-star-spangled-banner-a-patriotic-girl-scout-song-for-troop-2740/

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MUSICIAN BADGE with Mrs. G for Girl Scout Juniors Troop 2740, 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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THE GETTYSBURG ADDRESS, a Patriotic Girl Scout Song for Troop 2740
http://brownietroop2740.wordpress.com/2014/02/07/the-gettysburg-address-a-patriotic-girl-scout-song-for-troop-2740/

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MUSICIAN BADGE with Mrs. G, Meeting Activities, for Girl Scout Juniors Troop 2740: 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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Washington DC Singable Hike #1: STAR SPANGLED BANNER (at SMAH) and GETTYSBURG ADDRESS  (at LM) 
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2014/04/03/washington-dc-singable-hike-1-star-spangled-banner-at-smah-and-gettysburg-address-at-lm/

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STAR SPANGLED BANNER POST ADDENDA, 8/21/2014
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2014/08/21/star-spangled-banner-post-addenda-8212014/

I was in my guitar lesson the other day and found myself spewing out all sorts of stream of consciousness and seeming non sequiturs…but this almost always happens.

It probably felt like a waste of the precious little time to my guitar teacher.  Ultimately it is embarrassing, since it is all so personal, but I can’t help it.  The songs and the making of music are all stories to me.  Every note, every word, every strum and chord MEANS something to me.  They all represent, remind, and inspire images, memories, and ideas…and I want to share those things, contribute to and interpret them, and make something new.

I know I should stick to the business at hand (the guitar playing), but I can’t help also feeling that the stories (images, memories and ideas) ARE the business at hand.  They are the fuel that drives everything.  If not for those, why bother to play the guitar, or sing, or act?  The playing of the right notes at the right time is the skill…but everything else (images, memories, ideas, and the need to share, contribute and interpret) is where the ART is.

I’m not saying I’m a good artist…but I’m saying that I try and that I WANT to be good.  And, in any case, I can’t really help myself…so I’ll just keep going (even if sometimes it is embarrassing)…

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Info and Thinking about Singable Picture Books
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/resources-for-inspiration-and-information/

I saw a meme posted on someone’s Facebook page that modified an acrostic poem and used the words math, language, history, reading and science to exemplify the educational and cultural enrichment that music offers:

MATH
LANGUAGE
HISTORY
READING
SCIENCE

It is not always easy to articulate for others what I do with my Sing Books work, or to help folks understand why music is so enriching (for EVERYONE…not just kids) I liked that music is math, language, history, reading and science meme so much, and since those words apply also to the illustrated songs in the Sing Books repertoire (and to the activity of singing of those songs), I’d make it my own.

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MUSIC IS poster ELEG 4 SBWE

MUSIC IS Poster for Sing Books with Emily
Music (and Sing Books with Emily) is Math, Language, History, Reading and Science

Share the LOVE
Print this poster and give it to everyone you know:
music is 4 up eleg sbwe

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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/


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