Whacky Spring Fever

by John Riggio

This is one happy whacky song! It's great for channeling all that energy that comes when the weather turns nice outside. It's a song you sing, a song where you play Boomwhackers®, a song with body percussion, and a song where you get to act goofy when performing it! Wahoo!

There is only one singing part to learn. It's easy, and it repeats a couple of times. Boomwhackers® play from measure 5 to the end of the piece, and they have a break section which they share with body percussion the third time at measure 9. Of course the really fun stuff is all the spoken exclamations in the song, and we added a few sound effects of our own to increase the fun quotient - a water splash, a "boing," and a cow moo. (Why are cow moos in music so funny, anyway?)

You might audition several soloists for the spoken solo parts - there are 15 exclamations in all. Everybody can perform the "whoop whoop's" after the splash. Our vocal suggestions are on the lyric sheet (page 54), but your kids can make whatever happy and silly sounds they want (with your approval, of course).

As for the break section the third time at measure 9, we lose all instruments on the recording except a drum loop and bass line. Boomwhackers® have a part that builds up from half notes to quarter note walkdowns not unlike a Christmas orchestral bell part. The body percussion is a combination of snaps, claps, and patsches (thigh slaps). We think they're pretty fun (the writers had to perform them!), but you can use other things as well - like stomps or percussion instruments. You can even write different rhythms than ours. Drums fill into the fourth time at 9, and we've added a fast synth part there for the "bring it on home" section. Make sure your students know to take the fourth ending to finish the piece. As is customary with our more upbeat Boomwhacker® pieces, we have included Boomwhacker® applause on our recording after the song is done. We also let our kids go crazy with vocal effects at the same time. Totally whacky!

Text is taken from Music K-8 magazine.