Step Lightly On The Earth

by Wendy Christensen

Text is taken from Music K-8 magazine.

This little environmental ditty is the first published effort of one of our very own subscribers, Wendy Christensen. Wendy is a music teacher from Pennsylvania, and we are very pleased to include her in this issue. When we first played through Wendy's piece, we thought it would be a good choice for Earth Day (April 22), so we decided to record it.

The delicate calypso style is performed on the P/A cassette using rhythm section (piano, bass, drums, guitar, percussion) and flute. The percussion includes congas, triangle, and Brazilian metal frying pans. (Refer to Music K-8, Vol. 3, No. 1 for more information on percussion instruments.) The flute part on the cassette is played in an improvisational style, but it will work well with any C instrument playing the designated part on the piano/vocal.

The song breaks into two parts after the third verse, but they are relatively simple to learn. Listen to the children on the cassette for reference.