In This World Together
by Teresa Jennings
As the culmination of all the music and sentiment in the revue, this last song states the case enthusiastically: We are in this world together! What better way to reinforce the dynamic of goodwill?
Once again, soloist Jim Farrelly makes us all smile with his extraordinary talents. This time, he's playing alto sax, and clearly having a good time doing it! Unless you have your own soloist at the ready to play the sax line (which is cued/indicated on the piano/vocal), we highly recommend that you use the recording for this tune. Besides, the energy and excitement a finale should have really come to the fore with this one, especially if you dare to turn it way up! (Which you should.)
Get your students pumped up to do this one. Make them stand tall and smile wide! Have them distinguish between the sections of the music by singing them a little differently. The verse at measure 13 each time can be a bit smoother (it's mezzo forte the first two times and forte on the D.S.). Then when they get to measure 23, though the dynamics still apply (mf then f), they can definitely put a bit of bounce into it. Our singers on the recording are a good example to follow for this. Then when they finally reach the chorus (measure 32), let them really shine! It's forte each time, accompanied by "big ol' rock time" in the drums. Point out the accented notes to them and be sure they really punch them.
Consider adding a little movement here if you want. It could be really simple and still effective. For example:
- See... thrust hands out and down, open eyes wide
- Touch... thrust hands straight out, palms out
- Hear... left hand beside left ear, fingers wide and out
- Hear... same, but on right
- We... cross both hands on heart
- ...together... join hands or clasp own hands
After the reiteration of the chorus at the coda, the vocals break into two parts, which is optional. There is also an optional divisi in part 2 at measure 60 to the end. Do what works best for you. Just using part one (keeping the song unison) will also work just fine.
There are a number of vocal scoops also indicated in this song. They are pretty easy to do and feel natural, so your students should be able to plug them right in.
For added punctuation at the end, have performers join hands and raise them slowly together in the last few measures, ending with hands above their heads. Expect thunderous applause.
Text is taken from Music K-8 magazine.