Get Kids Singing Old Favorites For Funarr. Paul Jennings and Karl Hitzemann
Songs That Kids Like To Sing
Of the thousands of songs published every year, only a few of them live on to be "old favorites." These are the tunes that are sung year after year around campfires, in classrooms, as kids sing along on busses, or while they are hiking. And these are songs that we fondly take into adulthood, singing to ourselves or with others. We have chosen some of our top favorites from recent issues of Music K-8 magazine for this new collection. You already know many of these tunes, and now you have them with our great orchestrations, carefully adapted for today's young voices.
This fun collection includes:
- Goober Peas and Galop - Our arrangement of the Civil War era song features three of the original four verses, and it comes with a Vaudeville-style chaser, "The Goober Galop."
- The Cat Came Back - In this adaptation of a classic tale (tail?), our poor hero has a cat that has annoyed him to the point that he wants to be rid of it. Our recorded setting features five verses with a tightly voiced jazz band accompanying this perilous/hilarious tale.
- Down By The Old Mill Stream - In 1908, a young man named Tell Taylor was sitting on the banks of the Blanchard River in northeast Ohio when he was inspired to write this song. The original version, as you hear in the introduction, is the ballad for crooners. It quickly moves into the newer use that is a cross between campfire singing and Dixieland.
- Mister Sun - This is a lively, happy song for your singers squirming in their seats waiting for summer vacation. Our version is set as a shuffle/swing tune which opens with a tone painting of the sun rising with whole-tone chords, worth discussing with your students as they listen. The arrangement and recording have three verses.
- King Kong Kitchie Kitchie Ki Me O - This variation of the tune "Froggie Went A-Courtin' " gives you all sorts of performance options, and it's just lots of fun to sing. It contains five verses, and to spice it up, your performers get to whistle a line in the set-up for each verse. There are lots of options for adding recorders, kazoos, or other classroom percussion.
- Risseldy Rosseldy - In this tune, our couple starts newly married, but we gradually learn that the wife of the person singing the song is either lazy or more likely separated from reality a bit. And the song gets a little crazier as it moves on. Of course, the real fun in the song is the totally nonsense chorus to the tune. Our recording has a full orchestra backing your singers, and they sound great, building and getting a little wilder as the song moves forward.
- John Kanaka - A "shanty" is a folk song sung by seafaring workers to rhythmically accompany the work they are doing aboard ship. "John Kanaka" originates in the South Sea Islands including Hawaii and Polynesia, between there and Australia and New Zealand. We include four verses, some carefully adapted for young singers.
- Somebody Stole My Cow - They don't get much sillier than this. While this song offers lots of silly fun (kazoos and all), there is also a great opportunity here to have a lesson on the music of the 1920s. This song, of course, is a parody of Leo Wood's hit, "Somebody Stole My Gal." There's also a fun paper puppets video available on our web site to go with this song.
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