April Showers

adapted/arr. Karl Hitzemann

"April Showers" is a wonderfully delightful song written in 1921 by Louis Silvers and B. G. DeSylva. The song has a "hang in there" type message by saying that just because things may seem a bit gloomy at one moment, happier times are just around the corner. Because, "where you see clouds upon the hills, you soon will see crowds of daffodils"!

Our equally delightful arrangement of this song has three vocal parts, but as usual, parts 2 and 3 are optional. To demonstrate how this would sound, we have included a unison version on our web site. And to help teach and learn the song, we have isolated parts 2 and 3 and put them on our web site as well. If you do use all three parts, it might be fun to try singing it a cappella. We've also included a demo of this online.

The song begins with a lovely introduction that has a slight ritardando before the singers enter. They'll know when to begin when they hear the four cymbal taps that lead into bar five. Note that on the lyric page for this song, we've only included the words for the melody (part 1). The lyrics for parts 2 and 3 are mostly single syllables (doot, da, dee, etc.) and would be better being read off of the music itself.

- April showers also bring great dance moves! Finally, when performing this song be sure to check out our own Melissa Schott's choreography video. She has included an instructional video and teaching notes that you can use with your performers as is or adapted however you like. It can be found at our web site. And remember, extras like these are free for subscribers.

Text is taken from Music K-8 magazine.