Man, It's Cold Outside

by Teresa Jennings

We're only slightly kidding when we say that this song was inspired by the weather up here in the heart of the northern Midwest. We truly know a thing or two about the winter, the cold, the snow, and being tired of all of the above. And as you might guess, just because the calendar says spring, the weather doesn't often agree.

This tongue-in-cheek piece gives your singers a chance to complain – politely – to a beat. Set in a medieval-ish rock style, it's a funky blend of straightforward choral and pop. And if all goes according to plan, it should be amusing. The key to making it so is in the execution. Your singers should be very serious, even when the words they're singing hint at otherwise.

You will see that there are several dynamic changes in the song. Take note of them with your singers, and when you get there, emphasize, even exaggerate them. This will contribute to the overall humor.

This song is 3-part mixed, which allows you to use two treble voices as well as a lower, changing, or changed voice in bass clef. However, you could do it with just parts 1 and 2 if that works better for you. Ordinarily, we would make part 2 optional as well, but in this case, that's where some of the humor is. So it wouldn't work as well without at least parts 1 and 2.

To add to the fun, we have also created an optional percussion part that includes a drum such as a hand drum or small tom, and a tambourine. You will find a PDF of this percussion part on our web site where you can download and duplicate it as needed for your players.

Also on our web site, you will be able to access rehearsal tracks for parts 2 and 3 as well as a very neat a cappella version of the song. You can use the latter for inspiration or just plain listening enjoyment. Brrr.

Text is taken from Music K-8 magazine.