Tuesday, May 31, 2011

A Message From My Music-Teaching Mother

Keeping my Ducks in a Row                            May 31, 2011

One morning a week, I teach music to a class of 25 wiggly kindergarteners.  Many of them have summer birthdays, which means that even in May, quite a few are still five years old.  This is my true story.

“Hello, Kindergarten.  Today I have a new song to sing for you.  Here it is.”  I begin to sing: “When ducks….” Immediately, I lose one third of the class.  “Ducks!” say their little brains, “This song is about ducks!  What do we know about ducks?  They quack, they flap their wings, you can make a duck beak with your two hands in front of your mouth.”  They proceed to do so.

I continue the line of song: “….get up in the morning…”  There goes group two.  I must say, you’ve got to like group two.  Their eyes get big with surprise.  Ducks!  Getting up in the morning!  They had never thought about this before!  What would the ducks do? They immediately go into full pantomime mode.  They sleep, they wake up, they stretch their arms – wait!  They are ducks! They have wings to stretch, not arms!  What would that look like?  But wait again, the words said they get up – maybe they should stand up! They stand, stretch their wings some more, and begin to quack.

I finish the line: “….they always say ‘Good day’.”  Group three must be the ones who are already six years old.  They are good with the concept of Ducks. They have no problem imagining them getting up in the morning.  They are simply waiting for any directions to follow.  They decide that the directions are to always say “Good day”.  They turn to each other and begin to say “Good day.  Good day.  Good day.  Good day.”  As there are so few of them in this group, they quickly run out of people to say good day to, so they get up and go over to the Morning Ducks.  Here they meet a language barrier, because the Morning Ducks didn’t get that far in the song and so have no idea why the Good Day Ducks are saying good day, and the Good Day Ducks can’t figure out why the Morning Ducks just keep quacking.  Finally, the Good Day Ducks decide to go bilingual, and add some quacks in with their Good Days.  Aha, a breakthrough!  Now the Morning Ducks and the Good Day Ducks can communicate. “Quack, good day, good day, quack!”

Meanwhile, the group one Basic Ducks have finished exploring their concise understanding of “duckiness” and are now spinning and sliding around on the floor, trying to snap each other with their duck beak hands.  They have already forgotten that these hands represent a duck beak.  In fact, they have forgotten that we are doing anything about ducks, but they do know that this sure is a great game!

Snap, quack, good day!  And this all happened within the time it took me to sing, “When ducks get up in the morning, they always say good day.”

The End. (Quack!)

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Soundtrack Saturday

A few weeks ago I watched the movie Nicholas Nickleby and the score captured me. It's incredible, really, and it was done by a woman; Rachel Portman, who I learned was the first woman to win an academy award for a film score, and I can see why. The melodies are simply lovely, light, and happy.

I've been trying to learn how to play this on piano. It isn't too difficult.

As I was snatching the song for this weeks Soundtrack Saturday, I came across another score from another movie also by Portman. I was surprised to hear that it sounded extremely similar to the score from Nicholas Nickleby. For one thing, they're both in the same key. Also, they just have a very, very similar feel to them. Tell me what you think.

Friday, May 27, 2011


The crochet giveaway ended last week. Winners were announced almost a week ago. But I have a problem! A big problem!

I haven't yet heard from two of my winners. Yes, I read the comment from Jedi Chick, but that doesn't do me much good now, does it? I still don't know what size and color to make. I can't make anything until I know that piece of information.

***If you are Lauren or Jedi Chick, please, please email me as soon as is humanly possible!!!!

***If I don't hear from you in a week ('cause I'm laid back like that) then I will select new winners!!!

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

What's In My Head Wednesday

This is such a great song. However, I find it funny that I can sing the chorus of Chris Tomlin's I Will Follow right along with the chorus of this song. And both songs have an  "I will follow" part that pretty much matches up.

Sorry... I do hope that didn't completely ruin it for you. Actually, I thought it was pretty cool.

Saturday, May 21, 2011


 I've been trying for close to half an hour to get this post to post. I removed the pictures, so hopefully it will post now.

The crochet giveaway is officially closed. Thank you (again) to all of my lovely contestants.

The winner of the 2 flower and 2 hearts hairbands is... 


The set of scrunchies will go to...

Future Jedi Girl!

The camera wrist strap shall be given to...


The water bottle/cover has been awarded to...


And last but certainly not least...

The custom Bible cover will be given to...

Jedi Chick!

Winners, please shoot me an email (composer4christ@gmail.com) with your mailing address and color choices. Also, Jedi Chick, please give me the dimensions of your Bible so I can make a cover that (hopefully) fits.

Soundtrack Saturday

This is from the movie Finding Neverland, composed by Jan A.P Kaczmarek. It's a bit quiet, so don't be afraid to turn up the volume a bit!

Nothing like a well done piano piece.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Giveaway Drawings Will Be Tomorrow...

... So enter now if you haven't already!

Thanks again! Your participation means so much to me!

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Only 3 more days to enter!!!

I was mighty impressed with the number of entries I received. I want to thank you, my lovely followers, for absolutely making my day.

You see, I was pretty discouraged when a whole week had passed and only 5 people had entered, and I had gotten no new followers. Now I'm feeling like this wasn't a bad idea after all. I've received 8 new followers, and now have 12 participants!

Thank you all for being so awesome! It means so much to me!

What's In My Head Wednesday

This has been in my head for a long, long time. It's insanely catchy and uplifting.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Soundtrack Saturday

Rebekah, now you've got me going.

This, folks, is from Newsies. If you'd like to hear about the brilliance of the movie, hop on over to Rebekah's place. She's the expert, not me.

But the dancing is pretty cool.

Friday, May 13, 2011

Don't Forget To Enter!

You have one more week to enter my crochet giveaway!

I only have 5 participants so far (4 of whom I see almost every day), and that doesn't really work, considering I have 5 things to give away.

So you better enter if you haven't already!

You won't want to miss out! Honestly!

And spread the word, please!

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

What's In My Head Wednesday

I got Anthem Light's debut album last night. I listened to it on the way to school and this song stuck with me.

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Crochet Giveaway!

I didn't forget, I promise!

Manic Mother

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In celebration of reaching 100 posts, I am hosting a crochet giveaway!

Okay, I honestly have no idea how to organize this, so bear with me. I suppose I should show you all what my items are (If you win the item you may choose what color(s) you'd like):

Set of hairbands, 2 flowers and 2 hearts

Set of 4 scrunchies

Camera Wrist strap

Water bottle cover, bottle included

Custom Bible cover (No picture, sorry. I'll try to get one...)

So how do you enter?

I suppose I could accept entries for each of the following:

  • Follow my blog (or if you already do that counts too)
  • Follow a follower! (Ones that you don't already follow. I'll count up to 5.)
  • Blog about this giveaway!!!
  • Put my ultra awesome, cool giveaway button in your sidebar!
So just leave a comment. Or comments. I really don't care.

    This giveaway will end on May 21st and results should be posted first thing in the morning if all goes well.

    Soundtrack Saturday

    My selection for this week is the main theme from Jurassic Park, by John Williams.

    This is a great example of passing the melody from instrument to instrument.

    Also, it's just a little bit awesome.

    I love listening to this in the car when we go on trips.

    Friday, May 6, 2011

    How Awesome is This?

    Be sure to check out some of her other videos. They're all great! She's done songs by Tenth Avenue North, Reliant K, and some others including The Call from Prince Caspian!

    Wednesday, May 4, 2011