Anybody Wanna Make A Jack-O'-Lantern?

by Teresa Jennings

It's that time of year when minds young and not-so-young turn to the creative endeavors necessary to make a piece of art out of an ordinary pumpkin. As the lyrics of this song tell us, anything we make is okay. Such is the beauty of artistic expression.

The laid-back Latin style of this piece is divinely fun, despite its tricky-looking rhythms. Indeed, we might say those rhythms contribute to the fun. They are just challenging enough that conquering them becomes a cool feat. (Listening to the recording a few times will help with that conquering.) Other musical learning can be found in the dynamics, accents, form, enunciation, listening, and part-singing. The second part is optional, but again, mastering those rhythms and then singing them together would be awfully rewarding. If you need a little help, you'll find a rehearsal track for part 2, as well as a unison version, and an a cappella version at our web site.

You can use this song as a nod to Halloween if you like. If you don't like, it never actually says anything about that particular day, so hopefully it will work for you. Either way, it's an excellent excuse to craft a few pumpkins or other seasonal gourds, real or otherwise.

Text is taken from Music K-8 magazine.