Saturday, December 21, 2013
Hello Wonderland Community -- I want to thank everybody for making this year's holiday show a success, but especially the kids. As the videos I will be posting here indicate, you guy sang and played your hearts out, and I was thrilled to be part of it. I hope you will enjoy these clips (thank you, Michael Ford!) and will enjoy sharing them with friends and family over the holiday. Safe travels everybody. I will see you all in the new year!
Friday, December 6, 2013
Hi Fifth Graders -- excellent job at yesterday's rehearsal. With so many kids it had the potential to go completely crazy, but you did such an excellent job maintaining your focus. I thought you and your loved ones would enjoy this little preview going into the weekend.
Wednesday, December 4, 2013
Greetings students -- here at long last is a recording of the words to "Good King Wenceslas" Most of you are singing this pretty well by now, but remember, you will need to have the words memorized for the show.
Tuesday, December 3, 2013
Hi String Band Members -- with a week to go before our first concert, there is still a lot we can get done if we practice. Here is a short video of the banjo roll and the mandolin picking part for "Bile Them Cabbage Down." Remember that the banjo needs to be capoed in the 2nd box in the key of A, whereas the mandolin plays just fine in A with a capo.
You have a week so get to picking and rolling!
It's so wonderful to have a job where I get to hear children sweetly singing holiday music every day. And this year we are expanding our definition of "holiday music" to include this country/bluegrass standards by the legendary Carter Family. We just started handing out the ukes, and the kids already sound great strumming along. Can't wait to hear what it sounds like in two weeks.
Join us for Winter Wonderland! Write down the date: Thursday, December 19 -- shows at 8:30, 10:30, and 1.
Sunday, December 1, 2013
Hi 4th graders. It seems like forever since I posted the "Little Moses" video (you can find it archived in "November"). Here is a recording of our other song "Still Still Still." This arrangement is similar to the one we will be using, including the first verse in German, but it is missing the counter melody and the parallel third harmony. Try adding those parts as you sing along.
Here's our other holiday show song - "Zum Gali Gali" -- in an arrangement very similar to the one we will be using. This recording does not include the English verse but I am betting you can figure out how that fits the music.
Here's a recording of "Hitotsu Toya." I'm only posting the Japanese verse. Try singing the English verses against the instrumental section. The B section that we composed we will obviously need to work on together.
Hi fifth graders -- here is a pronunciation practice track for the Japanese verse in "Hitotsu Toya." Japanese is a very different language than English, so take a little time to practice your vocabulary and accent.
Hi Ms. Jane's, Ms. Lacy's and Mr. Song's classes. Here is the first of two songs we will be singing for Winter Concert, with the special lyrics that you guys wrote. (I think this might be the best version of "Must Be Santa" ever!)
Here's our second song. Remember we will sing this twice, with the instrumental B section you wrote in between. Don't forget your movements.
Here is a first verse of our Polish Carol in Polish. Again, concentrate of good pronunciation. There are also two verses in English, but you won't have any problem with those.
Hi 2nd graders -- here is a pronunciation track for the Polish verse of "Pojdzmy Wszycy Do Stajenki." Polish is a language with what are for most of us some very different sounds. Use this pronunciation track to develop your accent.
...and here is our other song. This arrangement covers all but the last verse. Try singing that over the instrumental section in the recording. And don't forget to practice your dance moves.
Hey first and second graders -- here is the first of our two songs for Winter Wonderland. We will be working on the xylophone parts in class, but it will help if you come in knowing the words.