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Song of the Week To Share:
'Didn't It Rain' by Sister Rosetta Tharpe
Sister Rosetta Tharpe was was an American singer, songwriter and guitarist. Becoming popular in the 1930s and 1940s, her songs had a unique mixture of spiritual lyrics and rhythmic accompaniment. Sister Rosetta was the first great recording star of gospel music, appealed to many audiences and was admired by many musicians. Later, people referred to her as 'the original soul sister' and 'the Godmother of rock and roll'.
Here she is performing on a rainy train station platform in Manchester, 1964.
'Somewhere Over the Rainbow' by Israel Kamakawiwo'ole
You may have noticed on Google's homepage today that it would have been Israel's 61st birthday. He was an incredible singer, songwriter and musician from Hawaii whose name means 'the fearless eye' or 'the bold face'. This is a fitting name for Israel because he was shy to go onstage and perform at first. What courage he showed! Israel loved playing Hawaiian folk, jazz and reggae on his ukulele. This song will transport you.
For the animated Google version, click on the rainbow below.
For the official version (with images of Hawaii, Israel and the celebration of his life) click on the picture below this.
'One Call Away' by Charlie Puth
Taking us from 1939 to 2015, this week's song is a good one for family karaoke. It is a gospel-infused pop soul song with an important message about being there for each other. Plus, it's really catchy and mentions Superman! May your singing lift you all, superheros.
Click on the image below to save the day.
'We'll Meet Again' sung by Vera Lynn
Vera is now 103 and was 92 when she topped the album chart in 2009 - the oldest living artist to ever do so! “I think people enjoy it because it speaks to the feeling of separation and the hope of reunion," says Vera about this song.
Click on the image below to begin your singalong. It contains images from World War Two.
'Yellow Submarine' by The Beatles
This week's song takes us from 1875 to 1966. It is a family sing-a-long classic which is a good example of what an underwater, psychedelic lockdown might look like! What would your dream submarine look like? Would you visit an Octopus' Garden?! Have fun singing and drawing as you imagine life below the waves.
Click on the picture below to begin your aquatic adventure.
'In the Hall of the Mountain King' by Edvard Greig
CBBC's Ten Pieces website explains the story in the music:
"Grieg's music drew on the Norwegian folk tunes of his homeland. He wrote many songs and piano miniatures. He was a leading composer of the Romantic era and brought the music of Norway to an international audience.
Grieg's 'Peer Gynt Suite' tells the story of a young boy, Peer Gynt, who falls in love with a girl but is not allowed to marry her. He runs away into the mountains but is captured by trolls who take him to their King. Peer Gynt tries to escape but is chased by the trolls and runs into the troll King but eventually gets away.
Listen out for: The strings that play the sounds of Peer tiptoeing and running to escape. The tiptoeing sound is an effect called pizzicato where string players pluck the strings of their instrument rather than use a bow."
To find out more about this piece of music and see a full orchestra performance, click on this link:
Enjoy the Line Rider version by clicking on the picture below.
Why not create your own to another piece of music on the Ten Pieces website?
'Easy' by Mesadorm
Mesadorm are a Bristol band, made up of five friends who wanted to make music. Their diverse influences come together to make the project something special yet unusual. Matching '70s folk influences against synth pop, electronic production, and the odd indie flourish, Mesadorm are a musical melting pot! This song, 'Easy', celebrates family and togetherness.
Singer Blythe explains: “Easy pokes gentle fun at the myth that life could be, or would be breezy 'if only'. The main focus is family - the struggles we all have there in one way or another, and how we reconcile our desires to break away and our need to stay connected.”
It feels like a very appropriate song for these times!
Your children already know and love 'Easy' as it has featured in our school assemblies; I can guarantee that you will all be humming it by the end of the week!
Enjoy it by clicking on the picture below.
Songs of the Week to Sing:
You can download all songs and lyrics by clicking on the links.
Key Stage One, here is a laid back, jazzy song involving the whole body from head to toe!
Key Stage Two, your uplifting song celebrates the power of singing. Are you still singing?!
Remember you can listen to previous songs in the SING UP area below
Why Not Try...?
Myleene's Music Klass:
Click here to access Myleene's Music Klass. Classically trained pianist, singer and Classic FM Radio presenter, Myleene Klass, is uploading free short music lessons onto her YouTube channel with the aim of getting young people enthusiastic about music!
Click here to access Sing Up. This is a music resource we frequently use in school and Sing Up are offering a collection of free resources to keep children learning and singing outside of school. There are warm-ups and song banks as well as resources to learn Makaton/British Sign Language to accompany well-known songs!
We have also uploaded songs for you to continue to sing along to and learn, if you wish.
You can download all songs and lyrics by clicking on the links below:
KS1 & 2: One Call Away (Music) KS1 & 2: One Call Away (Lyrics)