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I had a terrible morning feeling very upset (troubled, distrustful, worried, disappointed, suspicious, angry…) about something that happened with one of my children and the way a teacher conducted himself.  I’ve come to worry about what this conduct implies and reveals about him and my child’s well being in that teacher’s class…

But then I sang in the room of a teacher who I like very much and something wonderful happened…at least for those 30 minutes, I felt much, much better.

From firsthand experience, I can attest that his is true:

Music has charms to sooth a savage breast,
To soften Rocks, or bend a knotted Oak.

First line of the play, THE MOURNING BRIDE (written in 1697 by William Congreve), spoken by Almeria in Act I, Scene 1.

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I LOVE singing THANKS A LOT, by Raffi. It feels especially relevant at Thanksgivingtime, but really, we should feel free to express gratitude all year long. I brought it along to my performance at Mary Riley Styles Library today. First we sang the whole song as Raffi wrote it, while I played ukulele and library volunteer Jordan held the book and turned the pages. Then I asked 4 kids to share with me things they are thankful for. They said: “my whole family,” “the whole wide world,” “tasteful food,” my mommy and daddy.” Finally, we sang the song a second time filling in the children’s gratitudes. It always feels great to do that activity. And the song, though super simple, is prayer like and meditative. I’m looking forward to singing it again.
Some of the set up for Sing Books this morning at Mary Riley Styles Library. We sure had lots of fun. Next time at MRSL is December 15. Come and sing along!! @LittleCityLibrary
HAPPY THANKSGIVING from Sing Books with Emily OVER THE RIVER AND THROUGH THE WOOD, an Illustrated Song
Come Sing Books with Emily this Saturday at Mary Riley Styles Library We'll sing a bunch of songs to celebrate Thanksgiving and a whole lot more favorites! Sing Books with Emily Saturday, November 17, 11 AM at Mary Riley Styles Library 120 N Virginia Ave, Falls Church, VA 22046-3321 @littlecitylibrary
SBWE DAILY SONG 11/8/2018 PREAMBLE SONG (from Schoolhouse Rock), an Illustrated Song BITLY LINK There is so much to unpack with the PREAMBLE SONG. This song will be relevant and important for children to know and sing and heard sung as long as we have a United States governed by a Constitution. It seems particularly important right now. For me personally, this was a song I grew up with. Schoolhouse Rock played a huge role in forming my world view and sense of cultural heritage. PREAMBLE SONG was one of my favorites. When I was in Middle School and faced a pop quiz to write out the Preamble to the Constitution, I aced it, because I knew the song. Today’s picture shows a postcard of Mike Wilkins’ art work Preamble, which you can stand in front of by the gift shop at National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC. You can enjoy this work while singing two songs to yourself, FIFTY NIFTY STATES (as there is a license plate for every state and the District of Columbia) and THE PREAMBLE SONG (as the plates phonetically express the words of The Preamble). A little note, the song leaves out the words, “of the United States,” at the very beginning. Visit my blog for more information: Like or Follow Sing Books with Emily on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter Come along and sing along with Emily
#BeAVoter Star Spangled Banner w Sing Books with Emily STAR SPANGLED BANNER in Illustrated Song Link to video on YouTube

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