Here Comes The Snow
by Teresa Jennings
Our older singers had a very good time with this unique pop hybrid tune. It requires a bit of musical finesse to pull it off well, and the challenge is fun. While part 2 is optional, the inclusion is what makes it so great. This is especially true during the echo section at measure 17. Each part attacks the word "snow" like a bell being struck – with an accent followed by immediate decay. When done together, the effect is striking, as you can hear on the recording.
We also recommend that singers adopt a bit of a lazy style at the verse. The pace of the groove has a frantic nature to it by design, so the more relaxed your singers can feel – while just staying with the beat – the better the contrast. Let your singers listen to ours for interpretation of this style.
At bar 25, the pounding "4 on the floor" pulse gives way to a floating halftime beat. Singers should also adopt a floating style, despite the fact that there are a lot of words at this point. Again, the lazy or relaxed approach should be used, and again, listening to our singers will provide a good demonstration of how this should work. We have also indicated "n.b." (no breath) so that phrases are four bars each. If necessary, have singers stagger breathe to accomplish the smoothness.
Another neat thing about this tune is the use of the stomps and claps. They are indicated on the music, but they are optional. If you do use the stomps, be sure to use the modified heel-only version, which can be done standing or sitting.
On our web site, you will find rehearsal tracks for part 1 and part 2, as well as an a cappella mix that more clearly demonstrates how things sound together. (See page 76 for details.)
Text is taken from Music K-8 magazine.