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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Intermediate Choir songs for Christmas 2017.

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 20th at 1 p.m.    We will also be singing ONE WISH – see the Remembrance Day posting for a recording of this song.

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

Here’s the LINK for the music samples.  The lyrics follow the track list.

Intermediate Practice CD track list – Christmas 2017

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!

  1. Born, Born in Bethlehem – recording from youtube
  2. Innkeeper –part 1 – top.
  3. Innkeeper – part 2 – bottom
  4. Innkeeper – both parts, most of it
  5. Christmas is a Feeling – harmony –INTERMEDIATE?
  6. Christmas is a Feeling – both parts – PRIMARY sing the melody
  7. Peace on Earth – a bit of the recording – we sing SILENT NIGHT in 4s, rather than 3s, with the adults at the Community Carol Festival.  They sing the partner song.
  8. Now the Bells ring – recording from youtube
  9. Carol of the Bells – part 1 – without ending
  10. Carol of the Bells – part 2 – without ending
  11. Carol of the Bells – ending
  12. Carol of the Bells – both parts …but we’ll try to sing it a bit faster
  13. Ding-a Ding-a….. part 2 – with piano playing the vocal part louder than accompaniment
  14. Ding-a Ding-a……part 1 –as above
  15. Ding-a-Ding-a ……Descant – as above
  16. Ding-a Ding-a…. – recording from jwpepper.com
  17. Sleigh Ride – we will do a shorter version
  18. Winter Sleigh Ride – recording from jwpepper.com
  19. Sleigh Bells – main melody – with piano playing the part loudly over accompaniment
  20. Sleigh Bells – harmony – as above
  21. Come to the Manger – Melody, then the same melody for the partner song
  22. Come to the Manger – Harmony (alto) , then partner song
  23. Come to the Manger – harmony (tenor)
  24. Come to the Manger – harmony (bass)
  25. Come to the Manger – melody with the 3 harmony parts – disc skips a few times – sorry!
  26. Ring Bells – (partner with above song) – recording from jwpepper.com
  27. Sleigh Bells – recording of a 4-part choir – from youtube
  28. Innkeeper – both parts – faster than track 4. Disc skips again.
  29. One Wish – recording from youtube – Primary & Intermediate
  30. Song of Peace – melody – Primary.
  31. Song of Peace – harmony – for any willing singers to learn…?!?!
  32. Song of Peace – recording from youtube – Dresden (Germany) Orchestra & Children’s Choir

 

CHRISTMAS 2017 – Intermediate Choir

Born, born in Bethlehem  – American Spiritual, arr. by Donald Moore

Mary had a baby, a-oh my Lord.  Mary had a baby, a-oh my Lord                                                                 Mary had a baby, a-oh my Lord.  Born, born in Bethlehem.

V1: The hay is his pillow, the manger his bed.      The beasts stand in wonder to gaze on his head.                         Yet there where he lies he’s so weak and so poor.  Come shepherds and wise men to kneel at his door.

V2: The glory surrounds them, with angels on high.     And “Peace upon earth” heav’nly voices reply                       Then come little children, and hear what they say.   That gladdened the world on that first Christmas day.

Now the Bells Ring –  by Rita MacNeil

Weary the travelers that carry the Babe. Long is the journey the wisemen will make.   While out through the darkness there shines a bright light.  And into the morning the world will rejoice.

Listen to the drummer boy, beating on the drum.  Shepherds gather closer to wait for the dawn.  While off in the distance the Child that is born, is sleeping softly in the peace of the morn.

Now the bells ring, now the bells ring the good news has come. The message is clear now, the world is reborn

Now hear the children singing their praise. (Praise to the Child that is born)  All of the world will remember this day. (On this Christmas Day morn)  While all through thee ages this story has been told. (This story has been told) And down through the pages the miracle unfolds the miracle unfolds.

 

Sleigh Ride    – words by Mitchell Parish, music by Leroy Anderson

Just hear those sleigh bells jingling,  Ring ting tingling too
Come on, it’s lovely weather  for a sleigh ride together with you
Outside the snow is falling and friends are calling “Yoo Hoo”
Come on, it’s lovely weather for a sleigh ride together with you

Giddy-yap giddy-yap giddy-yap let’s go.  Let’s look at the snow
We’re riding in a wonderland of snow
Giddy-yap giddy-yap giddy-yap it’s grand.  Just holding your hand
We’re gliding along with the song of a wintry fairyland

Our cheeks are nice and rosy and comfy cozy are we
We’re snuggled up together like two birds of a feather would be
Let’s take the road before us and sing a chorus or two
Come on, it’s lovely weather for a sleigh ride together with you

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)

Carol of the Bells – arranged by Ruth Artman

Part One:  Hark hear the bells, high sounding bells, joyful they ring, born is the king.  (wait while part two sings).  Singing their song, ding ding-a dong!  This is the day, come, come away.       Now ev’rywhere, all through thee air.  Hear how they pound, hear how they sound,   telling the tale, o’re hill and vale. Come one and all, answer the call.  Come, come and sing, “Born is the King”.

Join the joyous Christmas celebration.  Join the folks of ev’ry land and nation!

Endless the song, lives on and on.  Born is the king, born is the king.

REPEAT WHOLE SONG

ENDING:  (hark to the bells) high sounding bells, good news they bring, let the heavens rings.   ZZZZ   ZZZZ   Born is the king!

Part two:  (Part one starts, then):  O how they chime, sound with a rhyme, be of good cheer, Christmas is here.  Singing their song——  Ding ding ding-a-dong, ding-a-dong!

Now ev’rywhere, all through thee air, ring silver bells, sing silver bells, hear how they pound, hear how they sound.  Telling the tale, o’er hill and vale.  Come one and all, answer the call, come, come and sing, “born is the king”.

Join the joyous Christmas celebration, join the folks of ev’ry land and nation.

Endless the song, lives on and on, Born is the king, born is the king

REPEAT WHOLE SONG

ENDING:  Hark to the bells (high sounding bells) Good new they bring, let the heavens ring                       ZZZZ    ZZZZ    Born is the king!

 

Sleigh Bells  – Russian folk tune, arr. Earlene Rentz

Part 1:  Hear the sleigh bells jingle, jingle, fingers freeze and then they tingle, friends are singing and we mingle, while the snowflakes fall. (REPEAT)

With our friends we ride together, wearing coats of fur and leather,                                  toasty in the snowy weather, sleigh bells jing-a-ling.  (REPEAT)

Jing jing jing jing a-ring-a-ling.   Jing jing jing jing a-ring-a-ling.                                Jing jing jing jing a-ring jing,   jing-jing-a-ling-jing-a-ring-jing-a-ring-a-ling.

Jing jing jing jing a-ring-a-ling.   Jing jing jing jing a-ring-a-ling.                                Jing jing jing jing a-ring jing,   jing-jing a-ring-a-ling-a-ling.

Through the hills our song is ringing, ev’ryone joins in the singing,                                  laughter, smiles and faces beaming, as we go along. (REPEAT)

We go along…….we go along and the song is ringing,

Through the town and by the river, cold winds blow and then we shiver, birds are singing, singing, teaming, joining in the song. (REPEAT)

Jing  Jing  jing-jing-jing.   Jing  Jing  jing-jing-jing.   Jing  Jing  jing-jing-jing.   Jing jing-a-ring-jing-a-ring-jing-a-ring-a-ring.     Jing Jing  Jing  Jing   Jing  Jing  Jing  Jing    Jing-a-ring  Jing Jing.  Jing-a-ring    Jing Jing-a-ring Jing  Jing——–   Jing-a-ling-a-ling-a-ring-jing-jing  HEY!

Sleigh Bells

Part 2: Hear the sleigh bells jingle, jingle, fingers freeze and then they tingle, friends are singing, and we mingle, while the snowflakes fall.  (REPEAT)

With our friends we ride together, wearing coats of fur and leather, toasty in the snowy weather, sleigh bells jing-a-ling.  (REPEAT)

Jing jing jing jing jing jing jing jing.     Jing jing jing jing jing jing jing jing.                Jing jing jing jing jing jing jing a ring, jing jing jing.

Jing jing jing jing jing jing jing jing.    Jing jing jing jing jing jing jing jing.         Jing jing jing jing jing jing jing jing.  Jing jing-a-ring-a-ling-a-ling.

Jing-a-ling-a-ling-a-ling. Jing-a-ling-a-ling-a-ling.  Jing-a-ling-a-jing-a-ling-a-ling.     Jing jing-a-ring-jing,jing, jing, jing.

A long————-we go———our song———–as we go along——–we go along, and the song is ringing…

Through the town and by the river, cold winds blow and then we shiver, birds are winging, singing, teaming, joining in the song. (REPEAT)

Jing jing jing-jing-jing.  Jing  Jing  jing-jing-jing.   Jing  jing  jing-jing-jing.         Jing-jing-a-ring-jing-a-ring-jing-a-ring-a-ring.

Jing jing jing jing.  Jing jing jing jing.  Jing-a-ring  jing-jing. Jing-a-ring-a-ring.   Jing-a-ring  jing-jing  a-ring-jing jing———-  jing-a-ling-a-ling-a-ring-jing-jing HEY!

Come to the Manger

Kling-a-ling!  Kling-a-ling!  Kling-a-ling, kling-a-ling, kling-a-ling, kling-a-ling!

Come to the manger one and all.  Come children, come.  Lying meek and mild, is the heav’nly child.    Shepherds  kneel in love,  Angels sing above.  Come to the manger one and all, come children come.

Ting-a-ling!  Ting-a-ling!   Ting-a-ling, ting-a-ling, ting-a-ling, ting-a-ling!

O come, all ye children, o come one and all.   To Bethlehem haste, to the manger so small.                                                       To the lowly manger, to the heav’nly stranger.  Kneel down and adore him, with small voices praise him.  O ring, bells, o ring bells, o ring little bells.

Kling-a-ling!  Kling-a-ling!  Kling-a-ling, kling-a-ling, kling-a-ling, kling-a-ling!

Come to the manger one and all, come children come.  Kling-a-ling!  Kling-a-ling!  Kling-a-ling!

 

OH RING THOSE CHRISTMAS BELLS – TRADITIONAL GERMAN, arr. Donnelly & Strid

Part 2:  ring, bells, oh ring-a-ling-a-ling.  Ring, Christmas bells!  (repeat)   Little bells are ringing, Children’s voices singing.  Christmas is the reason, for this happy season.  Ring, bells, oh ring-a-ling-a-ling.  Ring Christmas bells!

Part 1:  Joy to the world, the Christmas bells are ringing.  Now is the time to ring those Christmas bells.  Ring-a-ling.   Ring-a-ling. Hear the bells go ding dong ding.  Bringing joy to all the world throughout this happy season.  Joy to the world, oh ring those Christmas bells.

Part 2: ding—ding, dong—ding, dong—ding, dong!  Ding-a-ding—–ding, dong—-ding, dong ding-a-dong

Part 1: Ding dong, ding dong, ding ding dong!  Ding-a-ding, dong, ding, dong, ding, ding, dong.

 

Silent Night   * in 4s NOT the usual 3s!!

Silent Night, Holy Night, all is calm, all is bright.

Round yon virgin, mother and child.  Holy infant so tender and mild.

Sleep in heavenly peace,  sleep in heavenly peace

 

Christmas is a Feeling – Natalie Sleeth

Christmas is a feeling, filling thee air.

It’s love and joy and laughter, of people ev’rywhere.

Christmas—-Christmas—–Christmas brings—-good cheer,

It reaches out as the holiday draws near.

(REST while primary sing “It’s mistletoe and falling snow)

It’s mistletoe and candlelight, it’s a baby in a stall, on a cold winter night.

It’s caring and sharing and presents by the tree.

It’s the spirit of giving in you and in me—-

For Christmas ——, Christmas——-Christmas fills thee air

It’s love and joy of people ev’rywhere.

But if Christmas is a feeling, bringing such good cheer,

Then why, O why don’t you and I try to make it last—all year?

(REST)

Why can’t it last —     all year?

Innkeeper – by Roger Emerson

Part 1:  Oh Mary, I know you’re tired, but there’s no room at thee Inn.

Part 2:  Oh Mary, I’ll try once, maybe he’ll fit us in.

Innkeeper, innkeeper, do you have room –  for my wife with child.                                                                 Innkeeper, innkeeper, can you make room, for the meek and mild.

Part 1: Oh Mary, sorry is he, there is no room today

Part 2: Oh Mary, I’ll try once more, you wait behind and pray

Innkeeper, innkeeper, please don’t say no, we’ve traveled far you see                                                 Innkeeper, innkeeper how could you know?  A king He’s destined to be

Innkeeper, innkeeper, what’s that you say?  a stable lined with straw                                                   Innkeeper, innkeeper, where will He lay?  With friendly beasts in awe

InnkeeperS, innkeepers, innkeepers all, do you have room for the child?                                             Inkeepers, innkeepers,  won’t you make room, for the Holy child?

Innkeepers, innkeepers, innkeepers all!  Do you have room for the child?

Ding-a  Ding-a   Ding    by Greg Gilpin

Part 1:  A: Ding-a-ding-a-ding.   Ding-a-ding-a-ding.   Ding-a-ding-a-ding Z  Dong   A variation: Ding-a-ding-a-ding.   Ding-a-ding-a-ding.  Ding-a-ding-a-ding.   Z  Ding Dong REPEAT 2 X.

B: Merrily on high, hear the bells ring.  Merrily the heavens sing.  Merrily on high, hear the bells ring.  O’er thee earth they ding dong ding.

A & A variation

C:  Z  Ding ding——-.  Ding ding,  ding-a ding-a dong!   Z Ding-a ding-a Ding!   Ding-a ding-a ding!   Ding-a ding-a ding!  Ding-a ding-a ding!  Z  Ding ding  Z  Ding ding   Z DONG!

A & A variation,  then B

THEN EITHER A and A variation and  Ding-a ding-a ding Z Ding dong! Z ding dong!

OR B and O’er thee earth they ding dong ding.  Ding Dong ding.

Z  Z  Ding dong ding dong, ding dong, ding dong, ding dong, ding dong!       Ding-a ding, ding-a ding, a-ding-a ding-a ding dong.  Merrily, they ding dong ding!

Ding-a-ding, ding-a ding-a-ding-a ding dong (REPEAT 3 X)

 

Part 2: (Part one has opening phrase, then you come in)

A:  Z Z Ding-a ding! Z Ding-a ding!   Z  Ding-a ding, ding dong!                            A variation: Z Ding-a ding! Z  Ding dong! Z  Ding-a ding!  Z  Ding-a ding

A & A variation, then A

B:  Merrily on high, hear the bells ring.  Merrily the heavens sing.  Merrily on high, hear the bells ring.  O’er thee earth they ding dong ding.

A variation, then A

C: Ding………..Ding! Z Ding ding, ding-a-ding a-ding!   Ding Z Ding dong, ding dong, ding! Z Ding dong, ding dong! Z  Ding-a ding-a ding!  Ding-a ding-a ding ding!  Z    Ding ding  Z  Z  DONG!  

A variation, A, B

then  EITHER A variation & A, ding.  Ding-a ding, ding dong.  Z Ding Dong!

Ding dong, ding dong, ding dong, ding dong, ding dong, ding dong, Ding   Dong!

Ding-a ding, ding-a ding, a-ding-a ding-a ding dong.  Merrily, they ding dong ding!

Z  Z  DING——- Z  Z DING——- Z  Z  Ding——-   Z  Z  Ding———- Z Ding!

 

 

 

 

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Primary Choir Lyrics- Christmas Concert – December 20th, 2017 @ 1 p.m.

Here are the lyrics for our Annual Concert.  We will also be singing ONE WISH and SONG OF PEACE.  See the Remembrance Day post and its song clips from youtube.

I will try to paste in sound clips that you can practice with, very soon.  In the meantime, I’ve pasted some youtube clips to get you started.

PRIMARY CHOIR LYRICS –  CHRISTMAS 2017

One Wishby Dave and Jean Perry ** see the Remembrance Day post for a clip of this song.**

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

 Song of Peace  – by Mary Donnelly and George L.O. Strid.

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.

It’s a Magical Holiday

PART 1: Hear the chiming bells, the caroling and laughter in thee air,

It’s a holiday filled with magic, you can feel it everywhere

See the snowflakes fall, the twinkling lights, and friends who gather near,

It’s the happiest kind of feeling, and there’s magic in thee air

 

PART 2: Ding dong, the chiming bells are ringing in thee air

It’s a holiday filled with magic, you can feel it everywhere

Come see the snowflakes fall and friends who gather near

It’s the happiest kind of feeling, and there’s magic in thee air

Both parts together, then

BOTH:   Hang up the stockings,  light up the tree.  Now gather ‘round the fire and join the family

PART 1: See the snowflakes fall, the twinkling lights, and friends who gather near,

It’s the happiest kind of feeling, and there’s ma….gic….. (REST)   in……. thee air…………

PART 2: Come see the snowflakes fall, and friends who gather near,

It’s the happiest kind of feeling, and there’s ma….gic….. (REST)   in……. thee air…………

 

Run, Run Reindeer – a partner with Jolly Old St. Nicholas, arr. by Jay Althouse

Part 1: Christmas Eve is coming soon, joy is ev’rywhere, Santa Claus will make his trip, flying through thee air.

Part 2:  Santa does not work alone, reindeer pull his sleigh, without them Santa cannot fly

Both:  And that is why we say——-

Both: Run, run, reindeer, run, run, reindeer, run right to my house.  Run, run ,   reindeer, run, run, reindeer, quiet as a mouse.  Run, run, reindeer, run, run,             reindeer, never mind the snow. But don’t forget old Santa Claus,  Ho  Ho  Ho!

Part 1: When the clock is striking 12, and I’m wide awake  (Part 2: “OH” – on 4 notes)

Both: I hear reindeer on the roof, that is no mistake

Part 1: Dasher, Dancer, Prancer,  Vixen, just to name a few  (Part 2: “OH” – on 4 notes)

Both: bring old Santa straight to me, and you, and you and you——-

Both: Run, run, reindeer, run, run, reindeer, run right to my house.  Run, run ,   reindeer, run, run, reindeer, quiet as a mouse.  Run, run, reindeer, run, run,             reindeer, never mind the snow. But don’t forget old Santa Claus,  Ho  Ho  Ho!

Both (in new key): Both: Run, run, reindeer, run, run, reindeer, run right to         my house.  Run, run , reindeer, run, run, reindeer, quiet as a mouse.               Run,       run, reindeer, run, run, reindeer, never mind the snow. But don’t  forget old          Santa Claus,  Ho  Ho  Ho!         Don’t forget old Santa Claus,  Ho (ho, ho, ho), Ho    (ho, ho, ho), Ho (run, run, reindeer), Never mind the snow , HO!

 

Tis the Season Once Again – a partner with Deck the Halls – arr. by Joyce Eilers

Tis the seasons once again, ev’ryone is full of cheer.  Peace on earth, good will to me, tis the Christmas time of year!    Trim the tree and deck the hall.  Light the candles one by one.  Merry Christmas to you all, now the happy season has begun.

Deck the hall with boughs of holly, Fa-la-la-la-la——-, la-la-la-la.  Tis the season to be jolly, fa-la-la-la-la—, la-la-la-la—–.  Don we now our bright apparel, fa-la-la, la-la-la, la-la-la.  Troll the ancient yuletide carol, Fa-la-la-la-la, la-la-la-la!

(Then both parts together)

Up and Away with Good Saint Nick  -by B. R. Handby, with new music & words by M. Donnelly  and G. Strid

Part 2:  Tonight on Christmas Eve, I thought I’d play a trick.  I waited on the rooftop for jolly old St. Nick

Part 1:  He landed by the chimney, and when he looked away, I crept around without a sound and hid inside his sleigh!

Part 2:  Up on the housetop reindeer pause.  Out jumps good old Santa Claus

Part 1: Down through the chimney with lots of toys.  All for the little ones, Christmas joys.

ALL:  Ho ho ho, who wouldn’t go.  Ho ho ho, who wouldn’t go.  Up on the housetop click click click                                        Up and away with good  Z  Saint    Z  Nick.

(both parts together, with slightly different words):

Part 1: Zoo—-ming—— in—- a——-  reindeer powered sleigh—.  O’er——– the clouds—— I———hear ol’ Santa say—-.  “On Da—-sher——, Da—–ncer—– Vixen, don’t be slow!  On Co—-met, Cu—-pid—–, Blitzen, here we go—-“

Part 2: Zooming through the sky——- in a reindeer powered sleigh. O’er the clouds we fly—–, then I hear Santa say——- “On Dasher, Dancer, Prancer—- and Vixen, don’t be slow—–.  On Comet, Cupid,                                              Da—–ncer——–, and Blitzen, here we go.

(then only part 1 sings)

Christmas is a Feeling – Natalie Sleeth

Christmas is a feeling, filling thee air.     It’s love and joy and laughter, of people ev’rywhere.

Christmas—-Christmas—–Christmas brings—-good cheer,  It reaches out as the holiday draws near.

It’s mistletoe and falling snow, and candles burning bright.  It’s a baby in a manger, on a cold winter night.

It’s glad noels, and chiming bells, and presents by the tree.  It’s the spirit of giving in you and in me—-

For Christmas is a feeling, filling thee air,  It’s love and joy and laughter,  of people ev’rywhere.

But if Christmas is a feeling, bringing such good cheer,

Then why, O why don’t you and I try to make it last—all year?

(REST)   Why can’t it last —     all 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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Calling Kent Choir Alumni!!!

As we approach the 22nd annual spring concert at Kent Elementary School, I’d like to add a new feature.  As this is the 24th spring that I’ve been teaching music at this school and am now teaching the next generation, I think it would be neat if former choir members from years gone by (even students in high school) could join forces to rehearse and perform a selection for this annual event.  What do you think?!  The songs I have in mind for this year’s theme of “What a Wonderful World” (first done in 2008) are “Build me a World” and “For the Children”.  

Spread the word, and let’s get together to see what we can do.  It would be great to see and to sing with “the old gang” again!

Contact me at bdirezze@sd78.bc.ca

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Choirs preparing for Annual Spring Concert

In January our two choirs began learning a new set of songs for our 22nd annual spring concert, with the theme “What a Wonderful World”.  Students are singing songs about the sun, moon and stars, revisiting old critter and creature favourites, and learning many lovely ballads with a “let’s enjoy our planet and keep it healthy and happy” message.

Though there are several pieces the choirs sing on their own, their voices will join together for two powerful songs: Room to Grow and The Simplest Things.  There is a recording on Youtube of a children’s choir singing Room to Grow that you can listen to.  We will be singing it with more zip.  A full recording of The Simplest Things can be found at the jwpepper.com  website.  On top right hand corner “search” box, type in: 15/2984H   The Primary choir is singing the melody while the intermediate choir is singing the harmony.

Besides opportunities for solos, we have, as in the past, a chance for audience participation.  We’d like you to join in singing “What a Wonderful World”.  Again, there are great recordings of this on Youtube, some even with lyrics posted.  AND….as a new feature I’d like to start, a chance for Kent Choir Alumni to sing!  (see “Calling Kent Choir Alumni” post for details)

I have found that students learn the melodies better and lyrics faster when I send home practice CDs for additional practice.  Recording the rehearsal master takes many hours and dubbing the over 100 discs takes longer.  This year I will provide discs for only the intermediate choir members, with a $2. fee charged for replacement discs.  The primary choir can access their songs through this website.  One set of lyrics will be sent home with members from both choirs, but additional copies can then be accessed through this website as well.

Mark the date WEDNESDAY May 7th p.m. and evening on your calendar!

 

 

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