Imagine It True

by Mike Wilson

Pablo Picasso is quoted as saying, "Everything you can imagine is real." Albert Einstein said, "Imagination is more important than knowledge." This writer says, "A good imagination is better than TV or video games any ol' day." The song "Imagine It True" suggests you can see or do anything, anytime, anywhere, and encourages students to use their minds for more than seeking outside stimulation or distraction. Reading books serve as a fantastic springboard for the imagination. Music can serve equally well.

We set out to create an acoustic folk rock tune, but during its production, it took a bit of a turn toward the pop side. An ultra smooth string line contrasts an underlying rhythmic texture created with drums, conga, and bongos. It is supplemented with acoustic guitars, bass, piano, and percussion. The synthesizer bells contribute to the pop flavor.

The melody line is an easy learn with its consistent "zigzag" descending pattern. An acoustic guitar reinforces the melody. At first listen, you'll learn syncopation is the name of the game here. Every other note of the verse anticipates the next beat. The hook of the chorus is also syncopated. Though it may seem complex, the rhythmic pattern is simple to latch onto and our kids got the hang of it with little or no instruction. We also found that a little accent on the anticipated beat added energy, making the overall performance more lively and enjoyable.

There is a single vocal part. However, an optional divisi in the coda will require you to split the group if you use it. Though it is not indicated in the music, a smaller choir might opt for having a soloist sing the "la la's" as a solo descant. In fact, during the session we had several kids ad libbing their own descant as we rehearsed. Just for fun, you might consider giving that a shot with the more "imaginative" members of your choir, too.

Text is taken from Music K-8 magazine.