by Karl Hitzemann
Here's a song that will just make you feel good... just like spring does. Despite the 16th notes in the melody, it's actually a very catchy tune that your singers will learn easily. And it will fit in just about anywhere in a spring concert. In fact, it could even be used during the winter months as sort of a "spring is on its way" encouragement.
During the chorus of the song, there are claps on beats two and four. It might be kind of fun to clap from side to side during these sections. It would also be neat to use some props while performing this song. A cardboard sun, an umbrella, flowers, a bike, spring jackets/raincoats, anything related to spring.
A piano/keyboard and electric guitar would work as a live accompaniment for this song, but the recording really sets the pop style and is highly recommended. One really nice feature on it is the pizzicato strings during the chorus. That would be a good spot to use umbrellas - with the pizzicato strings simulating raindrops. It's also a good chance to talk about the different ways stringed instruments can be played since this arrangement uses bowed (both legato and staccato) and pizzicato techniques. See if your students can tell which is used where.
You even have the opportunity for a little cross curricular teaching since the lyrics mention the Vernal Equinox (the official start of the spring season).
Text is taken from Music K-8 magazine.