Who, What, Where, When, Why

by John Riggio

This song started out as a tune that could be used for International Ask A Question Day (March 14th), but it could easily apply to journalism, law enforcement, or problem solving in general. In fact, it could be used in any cross curricular setting.

The song style is fusion, and it begins with an infectious riff and sidestick groove. Soon the students sing along with the riff in a scat style, using the syllable "da." Then they begin to ask the questions in the title of the song: Who? What? Where? When? Why?

The rhythms are syncopated throughout, which might look a bit challenging at first read. Some singers might need to hear the tune a few times to understand what the melody is doing. But it's an excellent musical study and reinforcement for both listening and reading notations, not to mention singing along.

The questions fall on the "and of four," which totally work with the rhythms underneath them. The verse section that goes into bar 19 has a more traditional feel, but it's still very syncopated, so they'll need to be on their toes.

Have them pay attention to dynamics, crescendos and decrescendos, builds, and the ebb and flow of the piece. It'll make for a more artistic performance.

There is a guide melody on the tracks played on an electric piano, and the opening line is played on piano and jazz electric guitar. Kudos to Sandy Williams for his soulful guitar playing on this tune.

Text is taken from Music K-8 magazine.