Sing me a Song! A Cappella from Around the World for Kids

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Sing me a Song! A Cappella from Around the World for Kids

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Sing me a Song! A Cappella from Around the World for Kids
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  1. 1 NOTA - Pollito Chicken 01:43
    Various Artists
    Pollito Chicken by NOTA
  2. 2 Overboard - Take Me Out to the Ball Game 02:57
    Various Artists
    Take Me Out to the Ball Game by Overboard
  3. 3 The Real Group Kids - Bumble Bee 03:30
    Various Artists
    Bumble Bee by The Real Group Kids
  4. 4 The Songmen - Skye Boat Song 03:32
    Various Artists
    Skye Boat Song by The Songmen
  5. 5 amarcord - Die Muehle 02:06
    Various Artists
    Die Muehle by amarcord
  6. 6 Cluster - Il Caffè Della Peppina / Peppina's Coffee 02:16
    Various Artists
    Il Caffè Della Peppina / Peppina's Coffee by Cluster
  7. 7 Rajaton - Telefoni Afrikassa / Telephone in Africa 02:46
    Various Artists
    Telefoni Afrikassa / Telephone in Africa by Rajaton
  8. 8 SoundStage - Hush Little Baby 03:56
    Various Artists
    Hush Little Baby by SoundStage
  9. 9 O-Kai Singers - Rimuy Sula Rimuy Yun / Happy Song 03:21
    Various Artists
    Rimuy Sula Rimuy Yun / Happy Song by O-Kai Singers
  10. 10 Peter Hollens - Shenandoah 03:10
    Various Artists
    Shenandoah by Peter Hollens
  11. 11 Emerald City Productions - Emily Miller 00:48
    Various Artists
    Emily Miller by Emerald City Productions
  12. 12 Postyr Project - Lad det klinge / Let it Ring 03:35
    Various Artists
    Lad det klinge / Let it Ring by Postyr Project

About

1. Nota - Pollito-Chicken
Song history: “Pollito-Chicken”, written in 1930 by Josefa “Pepita” Ramirez was
very popular song in Latin American schools, especially in Puerto Rico’s public
school system.
Doña Pepita Ramirez, a teacher from Vega Alta, Puerto Rico was looking for a
creative way to teach English to her students. This song is recognized worldwide
for its success in encouraging students to learn the language. Further, Doña
Pepita Ramirez’s teaching method was adapted in the cultural and social English
language education.

2. Overboard - Take Me Out To The Ballgame
It's probably an understatement to say that our hometown of Boston is baseball crazy, so we thought it would be cool to reinvent this Tin Pan Alley classic, which is definitely as much fun for adults as it is for children. Like many people, we only knew the chorus and were surprised to discover that the song is about a baseball crazy girl, Katie Casey, who'd rather go to a game than a show. By presenting Katie as a strong, opinionated and passionate girl, the song has a great message and is definitely forward-thinking for something written in 1908. Hopefully the Gods of baseball will forgive us, but we took some artistic license and changed the girl's name to Charlotte Weaver, in honor of my one-year-old niece.

3. The Real Kids - Bumble Bee
Little did I know how much of an impact "Hush Little Baby" would have on me when I chose to arrange it. It is one of the most well known of the children's lullabies; most often used to entice the young ones with all kinds of treasures as a reward for their quietness and the hope of sleep to come.... I'm not quite sure why the treasures keep breaking but that's another topic for another time.....I chose this song because of the familial meaning it's had with our 3 daughters and their constant repetition of it's words and melody. During the start of the arranging process my wife was pregnant with a boy. Thank goodness! I was starting to feel very out-numbered! However, due to serious heart complications baby James lived only 45 hours after being born at full term. I finished this arrangement after his passing and could not stop thinking about him and being able to hold him in my arms for even just the short quiet time that I was able. Much of James, I believe, is in this setting. Both he and this song have forever changed me.

4. The Songmen - Skye Boat Song
Skye Boat Song tells the story of Bonnie Prince Charlie's escape to the Isle of Skye after the Battle of Culloden in 1746 - the last military battle to take place on British soil. The song tells how Charles escaped in a small boat, with the aid of Flora MacDonald, disguised as a serving maid. The song is a traditional expression of Jacobitism and its story has also entered Scotland as a national legend. Jacobitism was a movement which supported the deposed King James II (or James VII if you were Scottish), who believed in the divine right to reign as King and was a staunch Roman Catholic. William and Mary took over from James in 1688 but there were a number of attempts to get James back to the throne over the next few decades. Bonnie Prince Charlie led one such attempt but retreated back to Scotland where the Battle of Culloden took place, followed by Charlie's famous escape. This arrangement puts the familiar melody in five time, giving the music an ebb and flow, mirroring Charlie's long journey across to Skye.

5. Amarcord - Es klappert die Mühle am rauschenden Bach

6. Cluster - Peppina Prepares the Coffee
This song from 1971 is probably one of the most famous children songs in Italy. It's about a woman, Peppina, and the many "eccentric" ways she prepares coffee... She uses salt, 5 kg of flour, spices, chicken, dynamite...and many other things! It's basically a list of crazy things to do in the kitchen and children have so much fun singing it! We all did when we were kids, and we still do. :)

7. Rajaton - Telefoni Afrikassa
Finnish writer Arvid Lydecken (1884-1960) wrote this children’s poem to
a Finnish folk melody, and it was first published in children’s magazine
Pääskynen (Swallow) under his pseudonym Arvily in 1910. The intro melody
was written by the arranger and was, as the whole arrangement, inspired by
Calypso steel pan music from South Caribbean.

8. Soundstage - Hush Little Baby
Little did I know how much of an impact "Hush Little Baby" would have on me when I chose to arrange it. It is one of the most well known of the children's lullabies; most often used to entice the young ones with all kinds of treasures as a reward for their quietness and the hope of sleep to come.... I'm not quite sure why the treasures keep breaking but that's another topic for another time.....I chose this song because of the familial meaning it's had with our 3 daughters and their constant repetition of it's words and melody. During the start of the arranging process my wife was pregnant with a boy. Thank goodness! I was starting to feel very out-numbered! However, due to serious heart complications baby James lived only 45 hours after being born at full term. I finished this arrangement after his passing and could not stop thinking about him and being able to hold him in my arms for even just the short quiet time that I was able. Much of James, I believe, is in this setting. Both he and this song have forever changed me.

9. O Kai Singers - Happy Song

10. Peter Hollens - Shenandoah
Shenandoah is a well-known sea chanty that was first printed in 1882. The origin of the song is unclear, and there are many different sets of lyrics. Some tell the story of a roving trader in love with the daughter of an native american chief; in this interpretation, the rover tells the chief of his intent to take the girl with him far to the west, across the Missouri River. Other interpretations tell of a pioneer's nostalgia for the Shenandoah River Valley in Virginia, or of a Confederate soldier in the American Civil War, dreaming of his country home in Virginia.

11. Emerald City Productions - Emily Miller
Ralph Covert is a recent arrival on the Children's music scene. In my opinion, his music is interesting enough that parents can listen to his songs over and over without getting bored. When my daughter was very young, she hated riding in the car. Ralph's first CD and this song in particular were some of the only things that helped her calm down and enjoy the ride.

12. Postyr Project - Lad det klinge
This a very old and quite famous traditional Danish christmas song. Orginally it
was written in latin, but in 1837 it was translated into Danish by the very famous
Danish priest and lyricist, N.F.S. Grundtvig.
In Postyr we like to mix things up – and we really like this song. So we decided
to take this old song a make a new modern version of it, in a modern pop
arrangement and with an electronic beat.
For this project we collaborated with the very talented Girls Choir, Mariagerfjord
Girls Choir (check out http://www.rytmiskpigekor.dk/). And the arrangement
is an alternation between the Girls Choir and Postyr Project. In the end we join
together to sing the last verse.
Finally, we added a children’s instrument in the shape of a small glockenspiel
(chimes). To play this instrument you have to make holes in a piece of paper and
roll the paper through the glockenspiel. We thought the sound of this instrument
would create the right atmosphere for this song.

Sing me a Song! A Cappella from Around the World for Kids is an album by NOTA, Overboard, The Real Group Kids, The Songmen, amarcord, Cluster, Rajaton, SoundStage, O-Kai Singers, Peter Hollens, Emerald City Productions & Postyr Project containing 33:40 minutes of music.

Brought to you by A Cappella Records.

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