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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
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)
Words and Music by Steve Nelson and Jack Rollins
U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, 1952

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

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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 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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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
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 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

 

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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backwards birthday party
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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Bunny Rabbit in the Sunlight
Words by Kate Endle and Caspar Babypants
Music by Caspar Babypants (Chris Ballew)
Illustrations by Kate Endle

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Link to download the song for the book:
http://babypantsmusic.com/album/21466/bunny-rabbit-in-the-sunlight

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Here’s an adorable, but intriguing book for pre-schoolers that parents will love, too.  The cut paper pictures by Kate Endle are made gorgeously textured and painted papers in rich colors and humorous, simple but beautiful shapes.  The text is filled with chewy, challenging vocabulary.  The music is great, too, hip, groovy and captivating and interesting like secretly tracking a mythical creature in the woods by hiding behind trees. Reminds me of new, modern addition to the School House Rock repertoire.

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YouTube book preview:

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

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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

May 4, 2015, May the fourth be with you Ms. Godwin!

This post is dedicated to Tuckahoe Elementary School 5th Grade teacher, Ms. Godwin, for Teacher Appreciation Week 2015.

Original Post, published 3/13/2015, was purposefully cagey so the surprise would not be ruined for Ms. Godwin.  It includes resources for kids to learn TO MS. GODWIN WITH LOVE, an adaptation of the theme song to the movie TO SIR WITH LOVE.

Our wonderful room parent Ms. Stultz suggested that it would be great if the kids could surprise Ms. Godwin with a song to kick off Teacher Appreciation Week, and she suggested that the theme from TO SIR WITH LOVE would be a good one.

I set to work getting the musical practice materials together (posted below for nostalgia) and learning the song myself.  Ms. Stultz distributed all the learning materials and communications to the children and their families and organized two rehearsals so the kids could practice singing the song.  We told the kids to sing with love and gratitude.

They did and it was lovely.  A special tribute to a wonderful teacher, Ms. Godwin.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OzIAiwdi0Og

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ORIGINAL POST

Files in one place for 5th grade students at Tuckahoe to sing a song to teacher.

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Printable PDF Lyric Sheet, here:
TO G-win With Love Lyric Sheet

Slight changes to original lyrics make this a special tribute to a special teacher.

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Printable PDF of music here:
gwin w love music w markups

This music is marked up with slight changes to lyrics and slight simplifications to melody for group to sing in unison.

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Practice with melody line and scratch vocals (to hear and practice how words and notes fit together) here:

https://soundcloud.com/singbookswithemily/to-ms-g-win-eleg-scratch-vocals-w-melody-2wma

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Practice with instrumental and melody line:

https://soundcloud.com/singbookswithemily/tomsg-win-melody

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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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