Songs for Remembrance Assembly

Songs for our Remembrance Assembly The students at Kent Elementary are learning songs to sing at the Remembrance Assembly on Friday Nov. 10th at 10:45. The Primary students are  learning Song of Peace, by Washington State music educators Mary Donnelly and George L. O. Strid.  We will not be singing the “Dona Nobis Pacem” partner.  Instead, musician Sarka Kvicinska will be playing that melody on her french horn.

The intermediate students are singing In Flanders Fields, by Canadian WWI soldier & physician Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae, with music by Winnipeg school music teacher Craig Cassills.  There are many composers who have put this poignant poem to music, but in my opinion, this arrangement is the best.  Music is a great way to learn language, and to aid in memorization – so many students can now recite this poem effortlessly.

All students will be singing One Wish, by Dave & Jean Perry.  It is a lovely song and Sarka will add to the performance by playing the harmony on the french horn.

The other ceremonial songs for the service will be played by Sarka on her hunting horn, which is valveless like the bugle that these songs are usually played on.

Check out some recordings of the songs on Youtube.  Here are some clips that can be sung along to.

One Wishby Dave and Jean Perry

If I had one wish I could wish for you, if I had one gift I could give.  If there could only be one perfect song to sing, it would be peace Z peace Z  to all.

If I had one wish I could leave with you.  If I had one blessing to give.  If there could only be one message on the wind, it would be peace Z  peace Z   to all

Sometimes the people of the world cannot see, the hope that a new tomorrow brings.  And sometimes that hope is there for all to see, like a song or a dove on the wing

REPEAT VERSE ONE

 

If I could have one wish come true, it would be peace for me and you.

Peace in our hearts, and peace of mind, peace now and ever for all mankind.

So may our voices never cease.  So may we sing our songs of peace.

 

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Primary Choir Lyrics for Spring 2018: The Four Seasons

The Primary Choir (Kindergarten, Grade One and Grade Two) will present their spring concert on TUESDAY MAY 8th, in the morning (10:30-ish), and then again on WEDNESDAY MAY 9th, in the afternoon OR early evening (6:00 to 7:00).  I will send out a survey regarding time choice for the 9th.

Here are the lyrics for the children to practice.  As we sing the songs by memory, please encourage your children to practice the songs.  Thanks!

Here is the link to practice the songs that I have recorded for the children.

AUTUMN

Swinging Along  – French Folksong, arranged by Gladys Jackson

Part one: Swinging along thee open road, swinging along under sky that’s clear.  Swinging along thee open road, (part two: all in the fall ) in the fall of the year.  Swinging along, swinging along, swinging along thee open road.  All in the fall of the year.

The Hiking Song – by Mary Donnelly and George Strid

I like to go out hiking when autumn chills thee air, when leaves are red and yellow, and beauty’s everywhere.  I like to lift my voice in a cheerful hiking song, and all the while I’m singing, my echo sings along.    (TRA-LA-LA  Chorus)

Part one:  I like the golden valleys and wander far and wide, and as I walk, my echo is always by my side.

Part two:  I’m never sad or lonely, I always have a friend. We sing our song together, until the journey’s end  (TRA-LA-LA Chorus)

Part one:  I like——to go hiking, when au——-tumn chills thee air.  And when——-the day is over…

Part two:  I like to go out hiking when autumn chills thee air.  And when the day is over and stars are in the sky, I leave my little echo, and simply say “good-bye”.

(TRA-LA-LA Chorus ….but with different ending)  It’s time to go and now we say goodbye.

(Part two echoes part one🙂  Goodbye, goodbye, goodbye, goodbye.

WINTER

The Frost King – by Joyce Eilers and I. Dean Bula

His kingdom is thee ice and snow, the snowstorm is his joy.  He makes a winter wonderland for ev’ry girl and boy.

The frozen pond, the snow-packed hill, where sledding children play.  It’s all the Frost King’s winter work, this icy winter day.

When summer comes with balmy breeze, with flowers ev’rywhere we’ll think of Frost King mighty shout//    and wish that we were there.

We surely know it won’t be long ‘til winter comes our way.  We’ll hear once more the Frost King’s SHOUT//  some other winter day.

Music in Thee Air – (partner songs)  Jingle Bells – by James Pierpont, additional words by Mary Donnelly and George Strid

Dashing through the snow, in a one-horse open sleigh.  O’er the fields we go, laughing all the way.  Bells on bobtail ring, making spirits bright.  What fun it is to ride and sing a sleighing song tonight.

Jingle bells, jingle bells, jingle all the way.  Oh what fun it is to ride in a one-horse open sleigh, HEY, (repeat)

Can you hear the music in thee air?  Children’s laughter echoes ev’rywhere.

Sleigh bells ringing ev’rywhere you go.  Come on, let’s go riding in the snow.

Riding in a wonderland of white.  Laughing, singing, making spirits bright.                                              Waving to our friends along the way.   All upon this frosty winter day.

2nd arrangement by Lynn Bailey:

Part one:  same words for chorus

Part two:  dashing, dashing, dashing, dashing, dashing all the way.  Oh what fun it is to ride in a one-horse open sleigh, hey!  (repeat)

ALL:  Dashing through the snow, we’re in a one-horse open sleigh.  O’er the fields we love to go, we’re laughing all the way.  The bells on bob-tail ring-a-ling to make our spirits bright.  What fun it is to ride and sing a sleighing song tonight——-//

Dashing Z the snow is falling.  Dashing Z  the trees are calling,  Dashing Z  there’s quite a                                 flurry.  Dashing Z  but don’t you worry.  Dashing  Z  the bells are ringing.  Dashing Z  and                                we are singing.  Dashing  Z  and jingle-ing-ing.  Dashing through the snow.

Oh what fun it is to ride in a one——–   horse——  o——- pen——- sleigh—–(dashing, dashing, dashing, dashing)——   Dashing through the snow!

Winter in the Country – by Teresa Jennings

Part one:  Generations  Z  from the country  Z  watch the seasons, watch the sky.  Z   Time for working, time for playing, time to rest as the winter goes by—in the country, when the snow flies—- ,  all is peaceful——–  Z  in the country—-, by the fire—– all is warm.  (then Part two sings, then sing again)       Winter in the country, when the snow flies, all is peaceful—–. Z  in the country—- by the fire—- Z  Z  safe and warm———–    by the fire———   safe and warm—-

Part two:  (Part one sings, then this group sings)  winter in the country fills my heart with glee!  When the snow falls gently, it falls for me.  Snow on the mountains, snow on the trees, and the meadows are filled with a cool, winter breeze.  Winter fills my heart in the country——-  where I can feel—- safe and warm— by the fire——- .   (then repeat)    Winter fills my heart in the country—–   where I can feel safe and warm——  Z Z  safe and warm———, by the fire——–   safe and warm——.

Here is a BIT of our song:

Sleigh Song – based on a Hungarian melody – arranged by Winnagene Hatch

Sleigh bells ring across the snow.  Children sing as home they go. Warm their hearts and all aglow.  Winter dreams and wishes grow.

Hear the sleigh bells softly ringing, all the world’s a-glitter now.  Join the laughter and the chatter, ev’ryone is learning how.

Winter brings a glowing cheer, it’s a special time of year.

Sleigh bells ring across the snow.  Children sing as home they go.  Fireside bright and candles’ gleam.  Show the way with shining beam.

(Part one starts off and sings the following, with part two singing the SAME words a bit later – a round- BUT Part one repeats “special time of year” at the end.)

Hear the sleigh bells softly ringing, all the world’s a-glitter here.  Join the laughter and the chatter, ‘tis a special time of year.

Sing with voices loud and strong.  Winter’s joy a sleighing song.  Winter’s joy a sleighing song———, sleigh——ing——- song—————-

Frosty the Snowman – by Steve Nelson and Jack Rollins, arranged by John Leavitt

Frosty the snowman was a jolly happy soul.  With a corncob pipe and a button nose, and 2 eyes made out of coal.       Frosty the snowman is a fairytale they say.  He was made of snow but the children know how he came to life one day.

There  must have been some magic in that old silk hat they found, for when they placed it on his head, he began to dance around.

Oh Frosty the snowman was alive as he could be, and the children say he could laugh and play, just the same as you and me.    Thumpety thump thump, thumpety thump thump, look at Frosty go.  Thumpety thump thump, Thumpety thump thump, over the hills of snow.

Frosty the snowman knew the sun was hot that day.  So he said “let’s run and we’ll have some fun now before I melt away”.  Down to the village, with a broomstick in his hand, running here and there all around the square, saying “catch me if you can”.

He led them down the streets of town right to the traffic cop.  Z Z   And he only paused a moment when Z Z he heard him holler “STOP”  Z  “Stop” (gasp!)

Frosty the snowman had to hurry on his way, but he waved goodbye, saying “don’t you cry, I’ll be back again some day.   .    Thumpety thump thump, thumpety thump thump, look at Frosty go.  Thumpety thump thump, Thumpety thump thump, o——-ver—— the——- hills————- of——- snow.—————

SPRING

Who has seen the wind – words by Christina Rosetti

Who has seen the wind?  Neither you nor I.  But when trees bow down their heads, the wind is passing by.

Yes, It’s raining – anonymous

Yes! ‘tis raining ev’ry other morning.  Ev’ry day and ev’ry other evening.  Rain rain go to Spain.  Rain, go to Spain.

Sing a Rainbow – by Arthur Hamilton, arranged by Mary Val Marsh

Red and yellow and pink and green, purple and orange and blue.     You can sing a rainbow, sing a rainbow, sing a rainbow, too.  Listen with your eyes, listen with your eyes, and sing ev’rything you see.    You can sing a rainbow, sing a rainbow, sing along with me.  Red and yellow and pink and green, purple and orange and blue.  You can sing a rainbow, sing a rainbow, sing a rainbow too.

Rhythm of the Rain – by Jerry Estes

Part one:  Listen to the rhythm of the falling rain Z  listen to the rain Z   rhythm of the rain Z                   Listen to the rhythm of the falling rain Z   Listen to the rhythm of the rain.

Part two:  Z  Pitter patter, pitter patter  Z   goes the rhythm  Z  of the falling rain  (repeat)

Part three:  Falling, falling Z  Listen to the rhythm of the rain.  (repeat)

SUMMER

Thunder and Lightning – by Clifford Crawley

Thunder and lightning are very exciting, but animals don’t agree.  They hide away as best they can, under the stairs, or under a tree.

Stand by the window and watch with delight as the hail and the rain all splash.  And watch the sky get overcast, counting the seconds, from flash to crash.

Thunder the lightning are very exciting, but animals don’t agree.  So spare a thought for the dogs and the cats, and the mice and the rats, and the wasps and the bees, and the birds in the trees, and the rabbits and the hares, and the wolves and the bears.

They’re not like you or me!

Sing in the Sunshine –  by Linda Steen Spevacek.  A partner with “Zip a Dee Doo Dah” – words by Ray Gilbert, music by Allie Wrubel.

Part two:  Sunshine, I love to sing in the sunshine.  Oh my, oh my, what a wonderful day.  Sunshine, I love to sing in the sunshine.  I love the feeling on a sunshiny day.  When I hear birds singin’ .  I know that something good is comin’.  Sunshine, I love to sing in the sunshine.  I love the feeling on a sunshiny day .     (repeat, then….)  I love the feeling on a sun——shin—–y—- day————   sunshiny day————-  Z     Oh what a day!

Part one:  Zip a dee doo dah, zip  a  dee  ay.  My oh my, what a wonderful day!  Plenty of sunshine, heading my way—–.   Zip a dee doo dah, zip  a dee ay!  Mister Bluebird on my shoulder, it’s the truth, it’s “act-ch’ll”  Z Z Z  ev’rything is “satisfactch’ll”    Zip a  dee doo dah,  zip  a  dee  ay, wonderful feeling, wonderful day.  (repeat, then….)  wonderful feeling, won—-der—ful— day————————————-  Z  wonderful day—————————–

Here is the ZIP a DEE DOO DAH part:

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Lyrics for Intermediate Choir – Spring 2018: Work and Play

As the Intermediate Choir prepares for their spring concert, there may be a few after-school rehearsals.  They will have an all-day field trip to Agassiz and Chilliwack senior homes to entertain residents and practice performing on FRIDAY, APRIL 20th.

There will be two performances:  On MONDAY, MAY  7th, time to be decided – either 10:30-ish OR 1:00-ish.   Then on TUESDAY MAY 8th, at 7:00 p.m. we will have our final performance.

Students were given a copy of the lyrics to take home, as well as CDRWs, for those who don’t have access to a computer to practice the songs.  The CDRWs (and case) must be returned in good working order, or a replacement fee of $4. will be expected.  Thanks for encouraging your child to practice the songs, as we sing them for memory at our concerts.

Here is the Track List, and the LINK for the songs which are recorded.

***NOTE WHICH PART gr. 3s & 4s sing, and WHICH PART gr. 5s & 6s sing***

  1. Chairs to Mend
  2. Ferryman
  3. Shake the Papaya – each tune
  4. Shake the Papaya – all (ending a little “off”)
  5. Pick a Bale – part 1
  6. Pick a Bale – part 2 (missed last words)
  7. ending of part 2
  8. ending of part 1
  9. Pick a Bale – both (without last words)
  10. Operatunities (without voice or narrations. Too fast)
  11. Operatunities – from Youtube: Denton 4th grade class
  12. Kazoo Koncerto – part 1
  13. Kazoo Koncerto – part 2
  14. Kazoo Koncerto – both
  15. Locomotion – part 1
  16. Locomotion – part 2
  17. Locomotion – both
  18. Sea Cruise – part 1
  19. Sea Cruise – part 2
  20. Sea Cruise – both
  21. Don’t Worry, Be Happy – part 1
  22. Don’t Worry, Be Happy – part 2 – (verse 3 – wrong words: should say “listen to a word I say”)
  23. Don’t Worry… both (without extra speaking parts or snaps)
  24. One of those Songs – Performance track
  25. On the Railroad – both (croaky and breathy – sorry!)
  26. The Swing – both
  27. Count on me – part 1 – on your own!
  28. Count on me – part 2 – on your own!

Here are the lyrics:

The Ferryman – lyrics by Christina Rossetti, music by David Lord

Ferry me across the water, do, boatman do.

If you’ve a penny in your purse, I’ll ferry you

I have a penny in my purse, and my eyes are blue, so ferry me across the water, do boatman, do

Step into my ferry boat, be they black or blue, and for the penny in your purse, I’ll ferry you

Ferry me across the water, do, boatman do.

If you’ve a penny in your purse, I’ll ferry you.

Pick A Bale of Cotton – African-American Folk Song, arranged by Betty Bertaux

Part one:  Jump down, turn around, pick a bale of cotton.  Jump down, turn around, pick a bale a day. (Part two sings)  O Lordy (part two)  O Lordy (part two), O Lordy (part two), O Lordy (part two).  Z  Jump down—–   Z  Jump down——-Z      Jump down, turn around, pick a bale of cotton, Jump down turn around, pick a bale a day.  Z   Z     O Lordy, pick a bale of cotton, O  Lordy, pick a bale a day.      O Lordy, pick a bale of cotton, O  Lordy, pick a bale a day.  Z    Jump down, turn around, pick a bale of cotton.  Jump down, turn around, pick a bale a day.  Jump down turn around, pick a bale of cotton.  Jump down, turn around, pick a bale a day, O Lordy—- Lordy, O Lordy, Lordy—–   Z   O Lordy, //  Pick a bale of cotton, pick a bale a day———–//  Pick a bale a day——-//  pick a, pick a , pick a  pick a  pick a  bale a day.

 

Part two: (part one starts).  Jump down, turn around, pick a bale of cotton,   Jump down, turn around, pick a bale a day.  (part one)  Pick a bale of cotton (Part one)  Pick a bale a day  (part one)  Pick a bale of cotton  (part one)  pick a bale a day.    Jump down, turn around, pick a bale of cotton.  Jump down, turn around, pick a bale a day.   Z    Jump—-down, turn around, pick a bale of cotton, pick a bale a— day.   Jump down—- jump down—–.  Jump down— my Lordy—–Z   Jump down—my Lordy—–Z      Jump down—my Lordy——  Z   Jump down—- my Lordy——-  O Jump down, turn around, pick a bale of cotton, Jump down, turn around, pick a bale a day.  Jump down turn around, pick a bale of cotton.  Jump down, turn around, pick a bale a day.   O Lordy, pick a bale of cotton.  O  Lordy, pick a bale a day, O  Lordy, pick a bale of cotton.  O  Lordy, pick a bale a day—————.   Pick a bale of cotton———   Pick a , pick a, pick a, pick a bale of cotton a day——-.

Shake the Papaya Down –  Calypso song –  arranged by Ruth Dwyer & Judith Waller

Part One:   Mama says no play, this is a work day.  Up with the bright sun, get all the work done.  If you will help me, Climb up the tall tree, shake the papaya down.

Sweet, sweet papaya, fruit of thee island, when all the work’s done, dance on the white sands, if you will help me, climb up the tall tree, shake the papaya down.

Part Two:  Shake them down, shake them down, climb the tall tree, shake them down.  Shake them down, shake the papaya down.  Shake them down, shake them down,  climb the tall tree, shake them down, shake them down, shake them down, shake the papaya down.

Part Three:   I love the papaya, yes, I do.  Juicy papaya yes I do.  If you will help me, I’ll help you, Shake the papaya down.

ENDING:   Shake the papaya down, shake the papaya—–   down————-

 

On the Railroad   –   traditional American Work Songs – arranged by Dave & Jean Perry

Part one:  In eighteen hundred and forty one, I put me cord’roy breeches on, I put me cord’roy breeches on, to work upon the railway.

Fill-le-me-oo-re- eye-re-ay.  (3X), to work upon the railway. (rest)

In eighteen hundred and forty two (part two)    I cursed the luck that brought me through, to work upon the railway.

Fill-le-me-oo-re- eye-re-ay.  (3X), to work upon the railway. (rest)

I’ve—–  been workin’ on the rail—-road——-, all—– the live long day——–.  I’ve—- been workin’ on the rail———- road,   just to pass the time away———-.  Can’t —— you hear the whistle blow—-in’——, Rise up so early in the morn———-.  Z   Can’t —— you hear the captain shout——in’——, “Di——nah blow your horn———-“     (part two sings)

Fill-le-me-oo-re- eye-re-ay.  (3X), to work upon the railway. (rest)

Dinah won’t ya blow—-, Dinah won’t ya blow——-, Dinah won’t ya blow your horn———-

Dinah won’t ya blow—-, Dinah won’t ya blow——-, Dinah won’t ya blow your horn———-

Someone’s in the kitchen with Dinah——Someone’s in the kitchen I know————, someone’s in the kitchen with Di—nah——, strummin’ on thee old banjo—–.

Fil-le-me-oo-re-eye-re-ay——, fil-le-me-oo-re-eye-re-ay——–, I’ve been workin’ ZZZZZ

I’ve ben workin’ on———-Z   the railway—————–

 

Part two:  In eighteen hundred and forty one, I put me cord’roy breeches on, I put me cord’roy breeches on, to work upon the railway. 

            Fill-le-me-oo-re- eye-re-ay.  (3X), to work upon the railway. (rest)

(Part one)    I left thee old world for the new, I cursed the luck that brought me through, to work upon the railway.   Z   Fil-le-me-oo-re-eye-re-ay,    Fil-le-me-oo-re-eye-re-ay,   Fil-le-me-oo-re-AY, TO WORK UPON THE RAILWAY.

I’ve  been   work-   in’      I’ve   been       work-    in’  all   the   live-    long    day,  I’ve    been   work-   in’,            I’ve    been     work-    in’        I’ve     been      work-    in’     to   pass    the    time    a-   way,   a-    way——–.  Can’t——- you  hear the whistle blow——in’  ———,  Rise up so early in the morn’————-Z      Can’t——- you hear the captain shout——-in’——-,  (part one)                Fill-le-me-oo-re- eye-re-ay.  (3X), to work upon the railway.         Fil-le-me-oo-re-eye-re-ay,      Fil-le-me-oo-re-eye-re-ay—–    Fil-le-me-oo-re-EYE, TO WORK UPON THE RAILWAY—-

(part one) Dinah won’t ya blow—–, Dinah won’t ya, Dinah won’t ya blow your horn——.  Dinah won’t ya blow, Z    Dinah won’t ya blow, Dinah won’t ya,  Dinah won’t ya blow your horn—-Z    Fee——-fy———–fid-dle-eye-oh——    Fee ——-fy——-  fid-dle-eye- oh—–.  Fee——-fy——  fid-dle-eye-oh—–    Z  Z  Z  Z.   Fil-le-me-oo-re-eye-re-ay———-  Z Z  Z Z Z Z    Fil-le-me-oo-re-eye-re-ay,   I’ve been workin’  Z  Z     Z Z Z   I’ve been workin’ on———Z   the railway———–

The following is NOT our arrangement, but is good version of the opening song:

Opera-Tunities   –   arranged, with extra music & words, by Mary Donnelly & George Strid

My cousin Morris sang in the chorus, at the local op’ra house.  But each day he went to work as a (poor) salesclerk.  He was meek and quiet as a mouse.  One day the manager came down with laryngitis, and not a word could he say (could he say)——.  He whispered to Morris and asked if he would announce the specials of the day——-.  With microphone in hand, Morris was a diff’rent man, and he sang the Daily Specials in this operatic way.

(MORRIS……)

If for sweet you’re in the mood, try our tasty angel food.  Cookies by the dozen, you will really love them.  Come and taste a sample.  Our supply is ample.    (part two:  try a choc’late muffin) (part one:  fresh hot from thee oven).   Take home 6 or 7, you’ll find yourself in heaven——

(MORRIS…..)

(Part two:)  POP    POP    POP  (part one🙂  pop   pop   pop     (part two:)   Cold soda pop (part one:)   Cold soda pop.  (part two:)   It’s time to have a soda pop  (part one🙂  It’s time to have a soda pop   (part two:)   icy soda pop      (part one🙂  icy soda pop  (part two:)   it’s time to have a soda pop now (part one🙂  It’s time to have a soda pop.   (ALL:)   it’s time for pop

(MORRIS…….)

This is the best deal in the groc’ry store.  (part one🙂  pot roast and ribs.  (part two:)   ground beef galore.  (ALL:)   Our hamburger was ground this very morn.  So take the bull by the horns—It’s sure to satisfy, in ev’ry way.  So buy a bunch today, OLE

(MORRIS…….)

(part one🙂   Automobile stuff, all that your heart desires.  (part two:)   fan bels and motor oil, cleaners for dirty tires.    (ALL:)    We have lower prices, lower by far.  Come and buy the stuff to fix up your car.  (part one🙂  We have stuff (part two:)  lots of stuff.   (ALL:)  to fix up your car.      We have stuff (part two:)  lots of stuff.   (ALL:)  to fix up your car.

Now cousin Morris is not in the chorus, for he’s an op’ra star, you see.  The moral of this story is:  there’s fame and glory when you take the “op’ra”-tunity———

The Swing –   words by Robert Louis Stevenson, music by Mary Lynn Lightfoot

How do you like to go up in a swing, up in thee air so blue?    Oh, I do think it the pleasantest thing, ever a child can do, that ever a child can do.  (part one🙂  Up in thee air, and over the wall, till I can see so wide.  (part two:)  rivers and tress and cattle and all.  (ALL:)  Over the countryside.  (part one starts, part two comes in  * with same words:)   How do you like to go * up in a swing, up in thee air so blue?  Oh I do think it the pleasantest thing, (ever ) a child can do, that ever a child can do.   (part one🙂   Till I look down on the garden green, (part two🙂 down on the roof so brown.  (ALL:)  Up in thee air I go flying again (part two:)  up in thee air  (part one🙂  up in thee air.   (ALL:)   Up in thee air—-      Z   Up in thee air and down—-.

(part one starts, part two comes in  * with same words:)   How do you like to go * up in a swing, up in thee air so blue?  Oh I do think it the pleasantest thing, (ever ) a child can do, that ever a child can do.   The pleasantest thing…….going up (in a swing)   I’m going up (up in a swing)  I’m going  UP IN A SWING———   Up in thee air and down.

The Kazoo Koncerto – by Mary Donnelly & George Strid

One day when I was feelin’ bored, lookin’ for something to do.  So I walked on down to the music store, and bought a brand new kazoo.  It was shiny and bright, a wonderful toy, just the size of my thumb.  And when I put it to my lips, I began to hum—

(Ode to Joy theme on kazoos)

(part two:) when I was walking down the street, humming a little song   (part one🙂  I ran into a group of friends who wanted to play along.    (ALL:)   So we walked right back to the music store, and bought some musical toys.  And when we all began to play, we made a wonderful noise.

(Can-Can theme on kazoos)

Now that people love to hear us play, they come from miles around.  ‘Cause they just can’t seem to get enough of our unusual/delightful sound.  But we just play for the fun of it, we’d play until we drop.  ‘Cause once we start to play kozoos, we never want to stop!

(Eine Kleine Nacht Musik on kazoos)  We never want to  (Hallelujah Chorus on kazoos)              no, never want to (Kazoo ———)      don’t want to stop   Z   Z    Z  (Kazoo)

Sea Cruise – by Huey Smith, arranged by Roger Emerson

Old man rhythm is in my shoes, it’s no  use a-sittin’ and a-singin’ the blues.  So be my guest, you got nothin’ to lose, won’t you let me take you on a  Z   sea cruise?

OO-wee,  OO-wee, baby.  OO-wee,  OO-wee baby, OO-wee, OO-wee baby,     won’t you let me take you on a   Z   sea cruise?

Feel like jumpin’, baby won’t you join me please—–    ZZZZ I don’t like beggin’ but now I’m on bended knees———

***I got to get a rockin’ get my hat off the (shelf/hook)  I got to boogie woogie like a _________ so be my guest, you got nothin’ to lose, won’t you let me take you on a Z  sea cruise.

OO-wee,  OO-wee, baby.  OO-wee,  OO-wee baby, OO-wee, OO-wee baby,     won’t you let me take you on a   Z   sea cruise?

I got to get to movin’ baby I ain’t lyin’,  my heart is beatin’ rhythm and it’s right on time, so be my guest, you got nothin’ to lose, won’t you let me take you on a Z  sea cruise

OO-wee,  OO-wee, baby.  OO-wee,  OO-wee baby, OO-wee, OO-wee baby,     won’t you let me take you on a   Z   sea cruise?      (REPEAT)

Won’t you let me take you?  Won’t you let me take you?  Won’t you let me take you on a Z  sea cruise?

This is NOT the arrangement that we are doing, but it is pretty close:

The Locomotion – by Gerry Goffin and Carole King, arranged by Mark Brymer

Do the locomotion Z,  do the lo–comotion, Do the locomotion Z , do the lo—comotion (repeat)

Ev’rybody’s doin’ a brand new dance now.  Z come on baby, do—-the locomotion.  Know you’ll get to like it if you give it a chance now.  Z  come one baby, do—- the locomotion.  My little baby sister can do it with ease.  It’s easier than learnin’ your A B Cs, so come on, come on, do— the locomotion with me

You got to swing your hips now.  Come on, baby.  Jump up,   Jump back,  Oh well I think you got the knack.  Oh baby won’t you do the locomotion Z ,  do the lo—comotion.   Do the locomotion  Z , do the lo—comotion.

Now that you can do— it, let’s make a chain now. ……  Chug a chug a motion like a railroad train now …….. Ther’s never been a dance that’s so easy to do, it even makes you happy when you’re feelin’ blue, so come on, come on, do—- the locomotion with me.

Do the locomotion Z,  do the lo–comotion, Do the locomotion Z , do the lo—comotion

Move around the floor in a locomotion…..  Do it holdin’ hands if you get the notion…..  Do it nice and easy now don’t lose control.   A little bit of rhythm and a lot of soul.  So come on, come on, do—– the locomotion with (me)

Do the locomotion Z , do the lo—comotion.  Come on baby, do—- the locomotion (REPEAT) Come on baby, do—- the locomotion.  Z  come one baby , do—- the locomotion  Z Z Z Z  locomotion!

This is NOT our arrangement, but what a FABULOUS young choir, with amazing harmony & choreography. WOW!!!!!

Don’t worry, be happy – by Bobby McFerrin, arranged by Audrey Snyder

Here’s a little song I wrote, you might want to sing it note for note.  Don’t worry, be happy.  In ev’ry life we have some trouble, but when you worry you make it double, don’t worry, be happy.

Chorus:  doo  doo——-

Ain’t got no cash, ain’t got no style, ain’t got no (gal) to make you smile.  Don’t worry, be happy.  When you worry your face will frown, and that will bring ev’rybody down, don’t worry, be happy.

Chorus

Here’s a little song I wrote, I hope you learned it note for note, don’t worry, be happy.  Listen to a word I say:  In your life expect some trouble.  But when you worry you make it double, don’t worry, be happy

This  IS the arrangement we are singing, and we may use some of the choreography (but not the hopping/jumping part)

Count on Me – by Bruno Mars, Philip Lawrence, Ari Levine.  arranged by Janet Day

If you ever find yourself stuck in the middle of the sea,  I’ll sail the world to find you
If you ever find yourself lost in the dark and you can’t see,   I’ll be the light to guide you

Find out what we’re made of.     When we are called to help our friends in need

You can count on me like one two three, I’ll be there, And I know when I need it                             I can count on you like four three two,   You’ll be there
‘Cause that’s what friends are supposed to do, oh yeah

Whoa, whoa,   Oh, oh       Yeah, yeah

If you tossin’ and you’re turnin’ and you just can’t fall asleep,  I’ll sing a song,   beside you
And if you ever forget how much you really mean to me, Everyday I will  remind you   Ooh

Find out what we’re made of.   When we are called to help our friends in need

You can count……

 

You’ll always have my shoulder when you cry. I’ll never let go, never say goodbye

You know you can count on me like one two three, I’ll be there
And I know when I need it I can count on you like four three two, and you’ll be there
‘Cause that’s what friends are supposed to do, oh yeah

Oh, oh
You can count on me ’cause I can count on you

This IS our arrangement”

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Intermediate Choir songs for Christmas 2018.

Please find below the lyrics for the songs that the choir hope to sing for their annual concert, with the primary choir, on Wednesday December 19th at 1 p.m.

Intermediate Practice CD track list – Christmas 2018

As usual, I seem to have a cold whenever it is “taping time” – sorry for the crackly and short-of-breath voice!  Hopefully you will have a good idea of how the songs go.  Practice your own part, then challenge yourself by singing your part to the other voice part!

TRACK LIST – CHRISTMAS 2018 – KENT INTERMEDIATE CHOIR

  1. Mary Mary – part 2
  2. Mary Mary – part 1
  3. Mary Mary – both parts
  4. Mary Mary – both parts, with part 1 an octave lower
  5. The Message of the Holly – part 1
  6. The Message of the Holly– part 2
  7. The Message of the Holly – both parts
  8. March of the Christmas Children – part 1
  9. March of the Christmas Children – part 2
  10. March of the Christmas Children – performance
  11. One Star – main melody
  12. One Star – harmony
  13. In the Town of Bethlehem – part 1
  14. In the Town of Bethlehem – part 2
  15. In the Town of Bethlehem – both parts
  16. Do You Hear What I Hear – performance
  17. On Christmas Night/Sussex – performance
  18. Where Are You Christmas – performance – FaithHill
  19. Noel (from the Animaniacs)
  20. I Have a Dream – performance
  21. I Am But A Small Voice – performance
  22. Celebration Bells – part 1 – soprano
  23. Celebration Bells – part 2- tenor
  24. Celebration Bells – part 3 – alto
  25. Celebration Bells – new ending notes
  26. Celebration Bells – all parts

CHRISTMAS 2018 – Intermediate Choir

Mary, Mary – by Mary Donnelly and George L.O. Strid

Part one: Oh Mary, rock, rock, rock— your little baby.  Rock your child—-in the stable tonight—Oh Mary rock, rock, rock—your little baby.  Rock your ba—by in the heavenly light.(REPEAT 2X)

Angels join in the lullaby—as a star shines bright in the winter sky—                                Shepherds travel from far and wide.  Just to kneel at the baby’s side

Oh Mary, rock, rock, rock— your little baby.  Rock your child—-in the stable tonight—Oh Mary rock, rock, rock—your little baby.  Rock your ba—by in the heavenly light.

Oo—-  Oo—-Oo—–Oo——-.  Join—-now in a song of praise, on this happiest day of days!

Oh Mary, rock, rock, rock— your little baby.  Rock your child—-in the stable tonight—Oh Mary rock, rock, rock—your little baby.  Rock your ba—by in the heavenly light.

Oh Mary rock—-rock your baby tonight.  Rock—-rock your baby tonight.                          Oh Mary rock—-rock your baby tonight.  Rock your baby in the holy light.

Oh Mary, rock, rock, rock— your little baby.  Rock your child—-in the stable tonight—Oh Mary rock, rock, rock—your little baby.  Rock your ba—by in the heavenly light.

I said “Rock your baby in the hea—–ven—ly—light——–“

Part two:  Ma—-ry, rock  your little baby.  Ooo—-in the stable tonight.  Ma—ry rock your little baby, rock your baby in the heavenly light.

Mary, Mary, rock your little baby,  Oo—-in the stable tonight.  Mary, Mary, rock your little baby.  Rock your baby in the heavenly light.

Angels join in the lullaby, as a star shines bright in the winter sky.  Shepherds travel from far and wide, just to kneel at the baby’s side.

Ma—-ry, rock  your little baby.  Ooo—-in the stable tonight.  Ma—ry rock your little baby, rock your baby in the heavenly light.

Holy baby from heav’n above, you have come to offer us peace and love.  Join we now in a song of praise, on this happiest day of days.

Mary, Mary, rock your little baby,  Oo—-in the stable tonight.  Mary, Mary, rock your little baby.  Rock your baby in the heavenly light.

Rock, rock your baby tonight, oh Mary,   rock, rock your baby tonight.                                       Rock, rock your baby tonight.  Rock your baby in the holy light.

Mary, Mary, rock your little baby,  Oo—-in the stable tonight.  Mary, Mary, rock your little baby.  Rock your baby in the heavenly light.

I said, “rock your baby in the hea—ven—ly—-  Oh Mary, rock your baby tonight”.

The Message of the Holly – by Emily Crocker

Part one: The holly and thee ivy, entwined around the tree,  give special meaning to this time of sharing hope, and peace.   Deep and green——- are the leaves, ber—-ries bright, together cry, “ A King is born, a King is born tonight”.  Sing Ho—-san—–na, Sing Ho—-san—–na, For the mystr’y of thee ivy and the holly berries bright.

In the realm of green and growing, holly is the fairest tree.   Oo——————  never free.  Peace  ——-He brings, and hope——— He brings for you and me.  In the wonder of His love, ever circling, ever free.  Sing Ho—-san—-na, Sing Ho—-san—na, For the mystr’y of thee ivy, and the holly berries bright.   Ho—san—na, Ho—san–na.

Part two: The holly and thee ivy, entwined around the tree, give special meaning to this time of sharing hope, and peace.  Deep and green —–are the leaves, berries red and bright, together cry, “A King is born, a King is born tonight”.  Sing Hosanna for the wonder, Sing Hosanna day and night.  For the mystr’y of thee ivy and the holly berries bright.

In——the forest, the fair—-est tree.  Ivy climbs throughout its branches, ever circling, never free.  Peace He brings into the world, hope for you and me——.  In—- the wonder, ever free.  Sing Hosanna for the wonder, sing Hosanna day and night.  For the mystr’y of thee ivy and the holly berries bright.  Hosan—na—, Hosan—–na.

March of the Christmas Children – by Don Sebesky

(thrum—-,thrum—–, thrum thrum thrum X 2)

Here they come a-marching, through the frozen night.   Bringing gifts to him who brought to earth His heavenly light.   The children, the children, they come from near and far, as they follow the Christmas star.

Can you hear their voices, as they sing their song.  Sounding through the starry night so pure and clear and strong.  The children, the children, just listen to them sing, in praise of the newborn king.

They’re singing “We are the children of Christmas, marching in step to the drum.  We are the children of Christmas, to the manger we have come”

They have come to find him, whose birth has been foretold, bringing precious gifts of myrrh of frankincense and gold.  Marching, they’re marching as angels show the way to the place where the infant king lay.

They’re singing “We are the children of Christmas, marching in step to the drum.  We are the children of Christmas, to the manger we have come” (REPEAT with verse tune hummed or whistled)

Here they come a-marching through the frozen night, bringing gifts to him who brought to earth his heavenly light.  The children, the children, they come from near and far, as they follow the Christmas star.

Thrum—-thrum—– thrum, thrum, thrum.

One Star  – by Jay Althouse and Sally K. Albrecht

One star, shining in the darkness, growing ever stronger, shining in the night.                          One star, shining like a beacon, glowing in the heavens, shining so bright.

One star, leading ever onward, burning with a passion, shining in the night.                                        One star, leading to a baby, in a tiny stable, shining so bright.

Lead us, o star of heaven, lead with a light so clear.                                                             Guide us, o star of wonder, to the babe so near.

One star, calling all the shepherds, leading ever eastward, shining in the night.                                      One star, guiding all the wisemen, leading to the stable, shining so bright.

Lead us, o star of heaven, lead with a light so clear.                                                                  Guide us, o star of wonder, to the babe so near——so—near——

One star, shining on the hillside, shining on the valley, shining from above.                                        One star, telling us a story, telling of the glory, bringing us love.

One star, shining in the darkness, growing ever stronger, shining so bright.

In the Town of Bethlehem – Mary Donnelly and George L.O. Strid

There’s a little baby lyin’ in the manger, in the town of Bethlehem.  There’s a little baby lyin’ in a ma—–nger—–, in the town of Bethlehem.  Shepherds from the hillside kneel to adore him, in the town of Bethlehem.  And thee angels sing from the heavens, “Peace, good will to men”

Everybody sing Glory (glory) Hallelu, sing Glory (glory) Hallelu, sing Glory (glory) to the child in Bethlehem.

Part two:  There’s a brilliant star that’s shining in the heavens, o’er the town of Bethlehem.       Part one:  There’s a brilliant star that’s shining in the heavens, o’er the town of Bethlehem.

Wisemen from thee East are following the starlight, to the town of Bethlehem, and they’re bringing gifts to the baby boy, that was born in Bethlehem.

Hear thee angels sing Glory (glory) Halleleu, sing Glory (glory) Hallelu, sing Glory (glory) to the child in Bethlehem.

Everybody sing Glory (glory) Hallelu, sing Glory (glory) Hallelu, sing Glory (glory) to the child in Bethlehem.

Part two:  in the town of Bethlehem.

Yes the little town of Bethlehem.  In the town of Bethlehem.     In the town of Bethlehem.

Do You Hear What I Hear – by Noel Regney & Gloria Shayne, arr. by Emily Crocker

Said the night wind to the little lamb, “Do you SEE what I SEE? Way up in the sky, little lamb.                                                    Do you see what I see?  A star, a star, dancing in the night, with a tail as big as a kite——————-      with a tail as big as a kite.”

Said the little lamb to the shepherd boy, “ Do you HEAR what I HEAR? Ringing through the sky,  shepherd boy.  Do you hear what I hear?   A song, a song, high above the tree with a voice as big as the sea. (wait/rest)  With a voice as big as the sea.”

Said the shepherd boy to the mighty king, “Do you KNOW what I KNOW?  In your palace warm,                                                mighty king.  Do you know what I know?  A child, a child, shivers in the cold, let us bring him silver and gold.  Let us bring——him——- silver—– and gold——–“

Said the king to the people  ev’rywhere, “ Listen to what I say!  Pray for peace, people ev’rywhere.                                       Listen to what I say!   A child, a child, sleeping in the night.  He will bring us goodness and light.                                                       He will bring———us————- goodness—— and light———–.  Light———- light———————“

On Christmas Night/Sussex Carol – arranged by Donnelly & Strid

On Christmas night all people sing, to hear the news thee angels sing,                                        On Christmas night all people sing, to hear the news thee angels sing,                                               News of great joy and news of great mirth, news of the holy baby’s birth.

(then adults sing: Hear the glad voices singing, oh hear the steeple bells ring.  Hear the glad voices singing, oh hear the steeple bells ring.  Christmas bells are ringing, while the children are joyfully singing the news of the baby’s birth)

Then why should anyone be sad?  Good Christmas tidings shall make us glad.                        Then why should anyone be sad?  Good Christmas tidings shall make us glad.                              Peace on thee earth as never before.  Joy to the world forever more.

Where are you Christmas – by James Horner, Will Jennings, Mariah Carey

Where are you Christmas, Why can’t I find you, Why have you gone away
Where is the laughter, You used to bring me, Why can’t I hear music play

My world is changing, I’m rearranging, Does that mean Christmas changes too

Where are you Christmas, Do you remember, The one you used to know
I’m not the same one, See what the time’s done, Is that why you have let me go

Christmas is here, Everywhere, oh, Christmas is here, If you care, oh, If there is love in your heart and your mind, You will feel like Christmas all the time

Oh, I feel you Christmas, I know I’ve found you, You never fade away, oh
The joy of Christmas, Stays here inside us, Fills each and every heart with love

Where are you Christmas, Fill your heart with love

Noel – by Randy Rogel, arranged by Ruth Elaine Schram

To spell Santa’s name is easy to do, you write ‘SANT’ and another ‘A’ too.  But no ‘L’, no ‘L’, Santa’s name has no ‘L’ and he won’t bring you gifts if you don’t learn to spell.

Jack and Jill went up the hill, to fetch water from the well.  But when neither one could find it, Jill started to yell, “No well, no well, can’t believe there’s no well!  We walked all the way here and I’m mad can’t you tell?!”

Captain Ahab took his crew, his harpoon, and set sail, and he call out to ships, “ have you seen a white whale?” No whale, no whale, no, we ain’t seen no whale, saw a couple of dolphins, and a big yellow tail”

If you listened to this tune, then you probably can tell, that you’ve heard it before, it’s a song you know well. Noel, noel, it’s a song you know well, and we’ve ruined it completely, so we all say, “oh well”. Oh well, oh well, we’ll just say “fare thee well”, Merry Christmas to you and a joyous Noel.

Celebration Bells – by Roger Emerson

The shepherds heard the good news.  An angel told them to go.  So messengers they could be.  Proclaiming God’s peace and love.

Go now, see him, Joy shall abound.

Ring out, the celebration bells, the child is born. Ring out, the celebration bells, a child is born.

The wisemen followed a star.  King Herod told them to go.  They brought him beautiful gifts.  Sweet spices, incense and gold.

Go now, Praise Him, joy shall abound.

Ring out, the celebration bells, the child is born.  Ring out, the celebration bells, a child is born.

What can I bring to the child?  I have no riches or fame.  I have but four golden bells.  To show my love for the king.

Bring Him, music.  Joy shall abound.

Ring out, the celebration bells, the child is born.  Ring out, the celebration bells, a child is born.

(New, higher key)

Ring out, the celebration bells, the child is born.  Ring out, the celebration bells—–  the child—–is—-born———-

 

 

 

 

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Primary Choir Lyrics- Christmas Concert – December 19th, 2018 @ 1 p.m.

Here are the lyrics for our Annual Concert.  We will also be singing I HAVE A DREAM and I AM BUT A SMALL VOICE, from our Remembrance Assembly.

Here is a German Choir’s performance, but the singing doesn’t start until 1:35.

I Have a Dream – by Mary Donnelly and George L.O. Strid

I have a dream—-  for all humanity, that we may know—–truth and dignity                         That peace on earth—–becomes reality.  And that one day we’ll stand, arm in arm,       hand in hand.

Yes, I have a dream, a dream for all the people in the world.                                                         That peace, hope, and freedom shall ring. Yes, I have a dream

I have a dream — a dream for all mankind, that we may come—-to a place in time.         When we will know, that true peace of mind, that comes when we share, when we learn how to care

Yes, I have a dream, a dream for all the people in the world.                                                   That peace, hope, and freedom shall ring, Yes, I have a dream

            I dream that all nations shall celebrate.  That every trace of fear will be gone.                     That we will join our voices in unity, and sing—- freedom’s song————-

I have a dream— a dream for everyone, that hope will shine, like the morning star.             And with the day— that has just begun, we will come to embrace thee entire human race

Yes, I have a dream, a dream for all the people in the world.                                                   That peace, hope, and freedom shall ring, Yes, I have a dream

Yes, I—–have—-a— dream—————–

I Am But a Small Voice – the primary children sing the upper melody notes, while the intermediate choir sings the harmony.

 

I Am But a Small Voice – Odina Batnag, Roger Whittaker, arr. John Coates

Primary verse 1: I am but a small voice.  I have but a small dream.  The fragrance of a flow’r, in the unpolluted air.

Intermediate verse 2: I am but a small voice.  I have but a small dream. To smile upon the sun.  Be free to dance and sing.  Be free to sing my song ev’rywhere——-

CHORUS  – ALL: Come young citizens of the world.  We are one.  We are one.                                     Come young citizens of the world.  We are one.  We are one.

We have one hope.  We have one dream.  And with one voice we sing—

Peace (give us peace)  Prosperity (prosperity) And love for all mankind. (repeat)

Intermediate verse 3:     I am but a small voice.  I have but a small dream.                             To smile upon the sun, be free to dance and sing.  Be free to sing my song to everyone.

REPEAT CHORUS

Holiday Handjive

Holiday handjive here we go.  Santa Claus is coming with a ho-ho-ho.

We’re here to bring you holiday cheer, for a very Merry Christmas and a happy New Year

H-o-l-i-d-a-y, we’re here to wish you a holiday “hi”

We’re movin’ our hands to a rock ‘n roll beat.  It’s movin’ from our hands right down to our feet

Holly wreaths, mistletoe, twinkling lights, all a-glow, stockings hanging all in a row

We’re bringing in the holiday, let’s go-go-go!

MEDLEY:

  1. Sleigh Song – based on a Hungarian melody – arranged by Winnagene Hatch

Sleigh bells ring across the snow.  Children sing as home they go. Warm their hearts and all aglow.  Christmas dreams and wishes grow.

Hear the bells of Christmas ringing, all the world’s a-glitter now.  Join the laughter and the chatter, ev’ryone is learning how.

Winter brings a glowing cheer, it’s a special time of year.

NOTE: we will only be singing the first verse, which ends at  54 sec. on this clip

2.  Music in Thee Air – (partner songs)  Jingle Bells – by James Pierpont, additional words by Mary Donnelly and George Strid

Dashing through the snow, in a one-horse open sleigh.  O’er the fields we go, laughing all the way.  Bells on bobtail ring, making spirits bright.  What fun it is to ride and sing a sleighing song tonight.

          Jingle bells, jingle bells, jingle all the way.  Oh what fun it is to ride in a one-horse open sleigh, HEY, (repeat)

Can you hear the music in thee air?  Children’s laughter echoes ev’rywhere.   Sleigh bells ringing ev’rywhere you go.  Come on, let’s go riding in the snow.

Riding in a wonderland of white.  Laughing, singing, making spirits bright.                             Waving to our friends along the way.   All upon this frosty winter day.

3.  Winter Sleigh Ride – with Jingle Bells –  new music by Glenda E. Franklin

Part 1: Dashing through the snow, in a one-horse open sleigh.    O’er the fields we go, laughing all the way.  Bells on bobtail ring,  making spirits bright.  What fun it is to ride and sing a sleighing song tonight.

OH Jingle bells, jingle bells, jingle all the way.  Oh what fun it is to ride in a one-horse open sleigh.  (repeat)

Part 2: We are singing winter’s sweet song.  Join the sleigh ride and come, sing along.  As we’re crossing the valley and hill, we’ll feel winter’s icy chill. 

OH!  We are going on a sleigh ride…..in a one-horse open sleigh we’re riding.  We are going on a sleigh ride….o’er the gentle fields of snow we’ll jingle home!

Both:  We are going on a sleigh ride.  O’er the snowy fields we go.  As we join together sweetly singing, Z  jingle jingle all the way!      (Now both parts together, with last line repeated)

Winter in the Country – by Teresa Jennings

Part one:  Generations  Z  from the country  Z  watch the seasons, watch the sky.  Z   Time for working, time for playing, time to rest as the winter goes by—in the country, when the snow flies—- ,  all is peaceful——–  Z  in the country—-, by the fire—– all is warm.  (then Part two sings, then sing again)       Winter in the country, when the snow flies, all is peaceful—–. Z  in the country—- by the fire—- Z  Z  safe and warm———–    by the fire———   safe and warm—-

Part two:  (Part one sings, then this group sings)  winter in the country fills my heart with glee!  When the snow falls gently, it falls for me.  Snow on the mountains, snow on the trees, and the meadows are filled with a cool, winter breeze.  Winter fills my heart in the country——-  where I can feel—- safe and warm— by the fire——- .   (then repeat)    Winter fills my heart in the country—–   where I can feel safe and warm——  Z Z  safe and warm———, by the fire——–   safe and warm——.

 

Twas the Night Before Christmas

(ALL) Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.   The stockings were hung by the chimney with care, in hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there.  The children were nestled all snug in their beds, while visions of sugar plums danced in their heads.  And ma in her kerchief and I in my cap had just settled our heads for a long winter’s nap.

When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter, I sprang from my bed to see what was the matter.  Away to the window I flew like a flash, tore open the shutters and threw up the sash.

The moon was shining on the snow, the sky was all aglow—-, when all at once I saw them appear.  A sleigh………..and 8 reindeer

 twas the little old driver, lively and quick, I knew in a moment it was St. Nick.  And oh those reindeer how they came, and he called them all by name.  Now Dasher (hi-dee Hi dee-ho :  after each name), now Dancer, now Prancer and Vixen, your’re a little bit slow.  On Comet, on Cupid, on Donder and Blitzen

ALL:  Come on you guys let’s go (clap, clap)

TWO GROUPS:  And then… I heard… on the roof…. (thump, thump, thump), the pran-…cing of…. each little hoof…… (thump, thump, thump).  As I…… was tur- ….ning around (woh, woh, woh), St. Nick came down the chimney with a bound.

He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work, and filled all the stockings then turned with a jerk.  And laying a finger aside of his nose, and giving a nod up the chimney he rose.

He sprang to his sleigh, to his team gave a whistle, and away they all flew like the down of a thistle, But I heard him exclaim ere he drove out of sight, “Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night”—————–Good night!

Twas the Night After Christmas

SOLO: Twas the night after Christmas and throughout every room, paper was crumpled and ribbon was strewn.  Boxes were opened and lay all around.  Special instructions would never be found.

SOLO: Toys of all sizes were found everywhere, while girls tried on outfits with never a care.  Mom in her apron was just sitting down, while snoring from dad could be heard all around.

ALL: Twas the night after Christmas, you know it is true.  It happens each year without any adieu.  The children are happy the parents are fraught.  It happens each year, without even a thought.

SOLO: The cats and the dogs now lie under the bed.  Their tummies are full from the scraps they’ve been fed.  The noise starts to calm as the relatives leave, a feeling of peace comes to all who believe (then CHORUS/ALL)

SOLO:  The tree is thrown out and the house looks so bare.  Decorations and lights are now stored with great care.  And though it seems crazy at this time of year, memories are made that will always be dear.

ALL:  Twas the night after Christmas you know it is true.  It happens each year without any adieu.  The children are happy and full of good cheer.  The countdown begins…… for Christmas next year.

 

 

 

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FAMILY DANCE – Friday Nov. 3th, 7 – 8:30 p.m.

What is a family dance?  It is a chance for people – young and old(er)- to socialize through dancing.  When I was a kid growing up in rural Saskatchewan, my parents took us to family dances – complete with a live band & potluck meal (mostly perogies and cabbage rolls in the Ukrainian communities).  The children would giggle with delight as they danced with each other, and would beam with pride as they danced with their parents or older family members.  By the end of the evening, parents would carry their tired or already sleeping children to the car for the ride home. What fun!

It was at those community dances and at weddings that I learned to dance,  and later I learned much more as my parents became involved in pattern dancing.  When they retired, they travelled to schools to teach dancing, and later in their senior years, competed in the Seniors Games in different dance categories.  In the early 1990’s, I gave workshops both locally and provincially on folk and pattern dances.  I took up clogging around that same time, and with local ladies Heather Robertson (Mr. Watchorn’s wife), Phyllis Stenson (formerly of the HHS Festival of the Arts), and Marilee Jones (local musician), we entertained as the Bear Mountain Cloggers.  I am teaching students some of the basic clogging steps now (shuffle-step)- which they have really caught on to, and can be seen practicing as they go down the hallways.

Our family dances will have folk and pattern dances as well as “do your own thing” dances.  I will demonstrate the steps & teach the dance, then everyone joins in.  Most of the dances the students have done before during music class, but some are new.  All are easy to learn.

Half-way into the dance, we will stop to enjoy our snacks and refreshments.  Please come with something to share (crackers, chips, veggies, baking without nuts, etc.) and please bring your own water bottle.

Students must come with an adult who is there to both supervise them and (hopefully) dance with them. It is such a joy to watch adults having fun with their children and the other children that are there.  Hope to see you Friday night!

Mark your calendars for three more dances that will be held during the school year:  Friday, January 12th, 2018, Friday February 16th, and  Friday, April 13th.

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Ukuleles and Guitars home for the holidays…

Students who have a signed permission slip from home (accepting responsibility for loss or damage) may take a ukulele (grades 3 & 4) or guitar (grades 5 & 6) home for the spring break.  Songs to practice will be sent along.  The instruments MUST be returned the first day back, MONDAY, March 31st.

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