Ugly Sweaters & Other Festive Fun
From Plank Road Publishing
by Teresa Jennings and John Riggio
A Lighthearted Collection For Young Voices
Ah, winter and the holidays! The serenity and peacefulness of the season... well, that's not in this collection. Sometimes it's just fun to be silly, relax, and let your guard down. This terrific collection brings together seven hits from the pages of Music K-8 magazine that will help you do just that. You and your students will have a wonderful time entertaining audiences with these clever songs. There are even opportunities for adding movement and choreography to make it more exciting. This fun-loving collection includes:
- Ugly Sweater - What's beautiful to one person may be ugly to someone else. This song addresses both points of view in a comical way. Set in a foreboding classical style, the song really needs both parts 1 and 2, as they play off each other. Fortunately, the parts aren't too difficult.
- Turn Off That Nose! - Oh, sure. That famous red nose may have saved Christmas when it was foggy one time. But how often does that happen? In the meantime, it just keeps glowing and blinking all the time. How's anyone supposed to sleep with that going on? This lighthearted rock tune approaches the nose situation from a whole other perspective, asking the reindeer to please, "Turn off that nose!" The key to performing this easy unison song is to do so with comical intent. If you really want to make this one stand out, consider adding movement to it.
- I Know About Snow - This homage to the fluffy white stuff is pretty fun to sing. It's set in a retro rock 'n' roll style, complete with bari sax and electric guitar with classic effects. The first time through, it's sung in unison. Then, we introduce part 2, and while this is optional, it's really cool. You might even want to add a few jingle bells to enhance it accordingly.
- Hip Hop Elves - A few years back, we published a song called "Hip Hop Reindeer," which turned out to be a favorite for kids. But who says only reindeer can enjoy hip hop? What about the elves? Well, now they have their very own feature, too! It's written in a relatively simple style so that you can vary which grades perform it as needed. We have included some optional movement suggestions right on the music, too. Costumes also would be the perfect addition to a performance of this tune.
- A Kitty For A Present - This whimsical holiday tune has all the outward appearance of a cute little song about getting a kitty. Despite its seemingly normal beginnings, it digresses into silliness by the end of the first verse and spirals downward from there. In a lighthearted and wholesome way, of course.
- I Want Some Pumpkin Pie - This is not "Chopsticks" in its purest form, but it's pretty close. Students will really have fun singing this familiar tune with the very imaginative lyrics. But this is not really about "Chopsticks" anyway. It's about the pie! Comedy is the thing, as your singers should become more intense as the song goes along, displaying the proper amount of frenzy and angst. You can sing it for Thanksgiving or Christmas, or anytime pumpkin pie is being served.
- Rock The Holly - What a great way to liven up your holiday performance. We'll bet your audience will even get in on the act, if not singing along, certainly clapping along. Maybe even dancing along! The retro rockabilly style is oh-so-fun and oh-so-familiar. Rock your tootsies, too! Add movement to your performance with the help of the choreography video that includes a full demonstration and step-by-step instruction.
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