Aug 14

Here are ten songs for rehearsal from the set list planned for ACL Festival. Musicians performing on these songs include:

  • Aaron “Hair Doctor” Dembe on bass and guitar
  • Jake “Mr. Bubbles” Perlman on drums
  • Gavin Tabone on keyboards

Race for the Prize / KameraRace for the Prize / Kamera

Help Me Rhonda / Tossin’ and Turnin’Help Me Rhonda / Tossin’ and Turnin’

Bridge Over Troubled WaterBridge Over Troubled Water

Pleasant Valley SundayPleasant Valley Sunday

California DreamingCalifornia Dreaming

Nowhere ManNowhere Man

Sir DukeSir Duke

Daydream BelieverDaydream Believer

Rockin’ RobinRockin’ Robin

Running on EmptyRunning on Empty

How to play and download songs on the BHC web site

Fun facts:

  • “Sir Duke” was written by Steve Wonder in tribute to jazz legend Duke Ellington. The lyrics also refer to Count Basie, Glenn Miller, Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald.
  • “Pleasant Valley Sunday,” made famous by The Monkees in 1967, was written by Gerry Goffin and Carole King about life in suburbia.  Goffin’s and King’s inspiration for the name was a street named Pleasant Valley Way, in West Orange, New Jersey where they were living at the time.
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Feb 18

Here is Swinging On A Star for second and third graders to rehearse in preparation for their February 24 show before the PTA meeting. Both audio and sheet music links are provided. This version is performed by Barton Hills Choir fifth graders, with director Gavin Tabone playing all of the musical instruments.

Swinging On A StarSwinging On A Star

How to play and download songs on the BHC web site

Sheet music (opens in a new window):

Fun facts:

  • Swinging on a Star was featured in the movie Going My Way in 1944, and won an Academy Award for Best Song.
  • The song was inspired by a remark by singer Bing Crosby to one of his children. Song writer Jimmy Van Heusen was at Crosby’s house one evening for dinner, and to discuss a song for the movie Going My Way. During the meal one of the children began complaining about how he didn’t want to go to school the next day. The singer turned to his son and said to him, “If you don’t go to school, you might grow up to be a mule. Do you wanna do that?” Van Heusen thought this clever rebuke would make a good song for the movie.
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Feb 16

 

Here are two more songs for second and third graders to rehearse in preparation for their February 24 show before the PTA meeting. Both audio and sheet music links are provided.

High Hopes / Pick Yourself UpHigh Hopes / Pick Yourself Up

Big Girls Don’t CryBig Girls Don’t Cry

How to play and download songs on the BHC web site

Sheet music (opens in a new window):

Fun facts:

  • “High Hopes” was written by Jimmy Van Heusen and Sammy Cahn for the 1959 movie A Hole In The Head, which starred Frank Sinatra and was directed by Frank Capra.
  • A children’s choir was used on the single release of “High Hopes,” which was credited to “Frank Sinatra and a bunch of kids.”
  • “Pick Yourself Up” by Jerome Kerns and Dorothy Fields was written for the film Swing Time (1936), where it was introduced by Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers.
  • President Barack Obama, in his inauguration speech, quoted lyrics from the song, saying “Starting today, we must pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off, and begin again the work of remaking America.”
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Feb 03

Here are four Sock Hop songs for second and third graders to rehearse in preparation for their February 24 show before the PTA meeting. Both audio and sheet music links are provided.

Help Me RhondaHelp Me Rhonda

Tossin’ and Turnin’Tossin’ and Turnin’

Love Potion Number 9Love Potion Number 9

Splish-SplashSplish-Splash

How to play and download songs on the BHC web site

Sheet music (opens in a new window):

Fun facts:

  • “Love Potion Number Nine” was written by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller who also wrote “Hound Dog” and “Yakety Yak.”
  • In the Beach Boy’s “Help Me Rhonda” the name “Rhonda” appears 45 times, and the word “help” appears 61 times.
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