Thursday, November 13, 2014

"It's Time", at the Elementary School's Talent Show

This was so fun to watch!  Trevor and his friend sounded great on "Rhythm", Mason was solid on his guitar, holding it all together, and Carter sang with such confidence.  I loved it.

"It's Time", for the Talent Show

Friday, September 12, 2014

Glory Land (I've Got a Home In Glory Land)

Singing for Grandma Wilma at the assisted living home.  Mason is helping out on the guitar.  He has never played it before, therefore the "actions" by me to help him know when to "break" on the guitar.

This is a song I learned as a child, again singing in our volkswagen bug driving up the mountain to go home.  This is absolutely one of my favorites!  Very fun memories associated with it, and now, the memory of singing for Grandma Wilma.

I've Got A Home In Glory Land


Glory Land Words and Chords (Key of G)

1st verse

G
I've got a home in glory land that outshines the sun

C                                                                    G
I've got a home in glory land that outshines the sun


I've got a home in glory land that outshines the sun

         D               G
Way, beyond the blue



Chorus

G
Do Lord, oh Do Lord, oh Do remember me

C                                                       G
Do Lord, oh Do Lord, oh Do remember me


Do Lord, oh Do Lord, oh Do remember me

             D           G
Way, beyond the blue


2nd verse

G      
I took Jesus as my Savior, You take him too

C                                                        G
I took Jesus as my Savior, You take him too


I took Jesus as my Savior, You take him too

             D           G
Way, beyond the blue


Repeat chorus



Rose, Rose, a camp song sung in a round

We are singing for Grandma Wilma at the assisted living home.  I'm missing a daughter, but it still sounds ok :)


Rose, Rose (a Round)


Rose, Rose Words and Chords

Dm     Am      Dm     Am
Rose, Rose, Rose, Rose,

Dm    Am   Dm         Am
Will I ever see thee wed?

Dm    Am     Dm      Am
I will marry when I will

        Dm     Am  Dm      Am
sire when  I     will

And then start all over again.  The round starts with the 2nd line.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

O My Father, sung at Grandpa Dollar's Funeral

This song was also sung at my mother and my father's funeral service.  This is an arrangement by me, and as always, I love hearing it sung by my daughters. 

O My Father

Sunday, June 22, 2014

I'm Going To Leave Ol' Texas Now

I learned this song in 2nd grade.  My teacher played the guitar, and taught us a lot of fun songs.  She was one of the main reasons I ever started playing guitar, and all the songs she taught us were great.

This was a first time through for this group-my nephews, friends and brother.  I was down visiting, and this was really a treat to get to play and sing with them!

This song is in the key of D, and A is the only other cord in this song.  One person sings the first line and holds it out, and the group repeats after them.  It is easy to do around a camp fire, or a group where no one knows each other songs.

I'm Going To Leave Ol' Texas Now


Chords and Lyrics for I'm Going To Leave Ol' Texas Now

D
I'm going to leave….. (echo), Ol' Texas now…….
                         A                                        D
They've got no use……., for the longhorn cow……

They've plowed and fenced…….   My cattle range…….
                          A                                   D
And the people there……..    Are all so strange……

I'll say adios……  to the Alamo…………
                      A                               D
And turn my head………   toward Mexico………

I'll take my horse…….   I'll take my rope…….
                   A                             D
And hit the trail……..   Upon a lope………..

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Spider's Web, Quick Record for Learning

"Spider's Web" is a favorite of all girl's camp goers.  This was recorded quick, the two separate parts, so that my friend Sue could review for girls camp coming up this week.

I will post with the parts combined when I get a few of my daughters together.

It's A Web, Like A Spider's Web (Spider's Web), (quick practice)

Monday, May 19, 2014

Young Love, Sung by Grandpa $'s Grandkids and Great Grandkids

This was most of the grandkids and great grandkids of Grandpa $, sung at his funeral service.  Please listen to the introduction too.  I will post the picture that goes with this when I figure out how to do that.

Great grandson's Mason and Trevor (guitar and ukelele), grandson Mark on drum, and Grandson Mike on guitar.

Young Love, sung by Grandkids and Great Grandkids of Grandpa $


YOUNG LOVE (Key of C)
Intro – C x 4 bars (16 counts)

1st verse
                     C
She was sitting cross-legged on a hood of a Ford
Filing down her nails with an emery board
                       G
Talking to her friends about people they knew
And all of the things that young girls do
                                C
When she said, "You see that guy in the baseball cap?
I'd like to spend some time with a boy like that."
                     G
Betty said, "I've seen him at the hardware store.
I think his name is Billy, but I'm not sure."
                                        C
And as they talked a little while he passed by
She smiled at him he just said "Hi."
                                  G
He was thinking to himself as he walked away
Man, I'd like to find a girl like her someday

[Chorus]
           F                C                 G                       C
         Young love, strong love, true love, it's a new love
                                                 F                 C
They're gonna make it through the hard times, walk those lines
                         G                                     C         
                Yeah, these ties will bind,  young love

2nd verse
   C
Well, she just couldn't stop herself from thinking 'bout him
And at a store downtown she saw him again
                                  G
She had both hands full, he held open the door
He said, "My name is Billy. I've seen you before.
                             C
Can I help you with these? Can I give you a ride?
Can I take you out on a Saturday night?"
                           G
She didn't have to say what she was feeling inside
He could see the answer shining in her eyes

[Repeat Chorus]

3rd verse
     C
Well, from that day on you couldn't keep them apart
They were side by side, heart to heart
                      G
Mama cried as Billy slipped the ring on her hand
And when the baby was born she was crying again
                              C
Well, he worked real hard and put some money down
On a little old house at the edge of town
                            G
And that night as he held her he couldn't believe
That God had made a girl that he'd never ever leave

[Repeat Chorus]


(Halle solo)
       C
She was sitting cross-legged on the hood of a Ford
Filing down her nails with an emery board




End with same as intro, 4 bars of C, (16 counts)

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Young Love, by the Judds

This is the song that you can use to practice the song, "Young Love", by the Judds.  This is what the grandkids and great grandkids of Grandpa $ will be singing for the funeral.
We will do this in the Key of C.  This is sung on this video in the key of B, which is a 1/2 step lower than what we will be singing in. 

If you want a solo (or a solo with someone else), call me and let me know.  Otherwise, all you will need to learn is the chorus, and will just sing each time it comes around.  



Monday, April 21, 2014

Sweet Violets at Assisted Living Home for Great Grandma Wilma

This is a song that as a child, I could never quite figure out why it didn't seem to flow as well as other songs - something seemed wrong with it.  About the time I became a teenager, I realized it was the lack of rhyme that was bothering me.  I also appreciated what the song was really portraying, and then I really liked the song.  It wasn't until I was even older that I realized what the last verse was telling me about, "All a girl wants from a man is his "dough".  Now I just smile as we sing it, and enjoy it.

We are missing Rachelle :(.  It never sounds as good without one of the daughters!
Mason helped out on the guitar.  He had never played this song before.  I'll post the lyrics and cords.

Sweet Violets at the Assisted Living Home for Wilma

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Radioactive at the Middle School Talent Show (grandsons), April, 2014

Trevor (beat box), Mason (guitar, back up vocal) and their little brother Carter (lead vocal) performing at the Middle School Talent Show.  Trevor on beat box is a little hard to hear, cause it sounds so natural and blends in.  No recorded music, all live.  These boys figured this out off I Tunes and rehearsed all on their own.  No sheet music, etc.  I'm very proud of them for putting themselves out there in front of the whole school  Way to go!!!!   They sound great.

Radioactive at the Middle School Talent Show (grandsons)

Friday, April 11, 2014

Adelin's Dream Dance at the School Talent Show

My daughter found this dress at the second hand store for $3.00 and gave it to her for her birthday.  You can tell that Adelin feels beautiful, and she is dancing so beautifully :) She told me she was going to twirl and do the splits at the talent show, and so she did! We all laughed so hard, and you would too if you knew her personality.


Adelin's Dream Dance at the Elementary School Talent Show

Monday, March 24, 2014

Peace On Earth With Daughters

This is absolutely one of my very favorite songs.  I learned it from my oldest sister, Sharyn, who taught us all the songs she had learned at girls camp while we drove in our car (Volkswagon Bug, 7 kids plus parents - it was a little tight).  The simple two part harmony, with no accompanient is clean and fresh.

I recorded this using the GoPro so it is a little unbalanced, as it was clipped to my guitar.  It picks up my voice the loudest, so the blend doesn't sound as good as it usually does.  Sorry.  I'll get a better recording someday…..

Peace On Earth, with daughters

Saturday, March 22, 2014

3 Year Old Child's Version of Row Your Boat by 3 of my Grandsons

Grandpa and I were with Cooper, Taivan and Lincoln on Grandpa's trailer at the garden, eating lunch.  They grabbed hold and started turning and singing Row, Row, Row, Your Boat.  This is after they had sung it a few times, and I had time to grab my phone and record it, so they weren't quite as enthusiastic, but very fun.  Watch far enough into it for the fun part.

Row Your Boat, 3 Year Old Child's Version

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

A Little White Duck, lyrics and chords

A LITTLE WHITE DUCK LYRICS AND CHORDS (Key of D)

                 D                                                  A             A7                                            D
There's a little (white duck, floatin' on) the water,  A little white duck, doin' what he ought'r
                       (green frog, swimmin' in)
                       (black bug, floatin' on)
                       (red snake, slidin' through)
                       (earth worm, drownin' in)  


      G                        D              E                  E7                 A7     (spoken)
He took a bite of the lily pad, (flapped his wings) and he said, ("I'm glad") that I'm a
                                               (kicked his legs)                          (except on earth worm, "I'm SAD")
                                               (wiggled his ears)
                                               (flicked his tongue)
                                               (wiggled his tail)

D                                                  A            
Little white duck, floatin' on the water,            

(spoken with no guitar)     then D strum x 2
(Quack, quack, quack)
(Ribit, ribit, ribit)
(Beep, beep, beep)
(Hiss, hiss, hiss)
(Help! help! help!)

Go to A Little White Duck, Halle, Ashlyn and Anna's Class to watch/listen to video.

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Land of the Silver Birch with Carter's Class on "Pajama Day"

What a fun day at school.  Carter and his friends are always fun and energetic (as they should be).  Pajama Day at school, that is why we are all so dressed up!

Land of the Silver Birch, Carter's Class


Land of the Silver Birch Chords & Lyrics, Grandkids singing

Friday, March 7, 2014

The Crazy Song (partial) (includes tutorial of the 1st verse)

This is only part of this song.  We sing the chorus and 2nd verse, and then I teach the 1st verse.  I hope you can appreciate the "opposite" examples.  Kids absolutely love this verse, and I hope you can understand that this is NOT about violence.  Just relax and have fun with it!  (It was also "Pajama Day" at school, so I wore my pjs too.  FUN!!!

Part of The "Crazy Song" and 1st verse Tutorial

Ah Woonie Koonie Chow, Lyrics (I'm sure none of this is spelled correctly)

AH WOONIE KOONIE CHOW A WOONIE

Ah woonie koonie chow ah woonie

Ah woonie koonie chow ah woonie
I,  i,  i,  icky  i  ki  a  moose
I,  i,  i,  icky  i  ki  a  moose
Ah woo,
Ah woonie kee chee


(Click to watch/listen to:

Ah Woonie Koonie Chow Ah Woonie w/Halle, Ashlyn and Anna's class

Ah Woonie Koonie…New Move, with boy singing w/opera voice

Ah Woonie Koonie with Mayce's class

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Words and Cords to Land of the Silver Birch

LAND OF THE SILVER BIRCH  (click here for Land of the Silver Birch, sung by grandkids)

Am              Em             Am             Em
Land of the silver birch, home of the beaver

Am                                            Dm7           E
That's where the mighty moose wanders at will

Am                                     Dm7  E                Am
Blue lake and rocky shore, I will return once more

Am                  Em            Am
Boom-de-ada,         boom boom

Am                  Em            Am
Boom-de-ada,         boom boom


2nd verse
Am               Em               Am                  Em
High upon a rocky ledge, I will build my wigwam

Am                                    Dm7       Em                            
Close to the water's edge, silent and still

Am                                     Dm7  E                Am
Blue lake and rocky shore, I will return once more

Am                  Em            Am
Boom-de-ada,         boom boom

Am                  Em            Am
Boom-de-ada,         boom boom

Land of the Silver Birch, Carter's Class
Land of the Silver Birch, sung by grandkids

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

The Mailbox Song Tutorial, Teaching Leah's Class

This teacher is the BEST!!!!  She is the one who named me "The Singing Grandma" several years ago, and the name has stuck.  She has always made me feel so comfortable and welcome.  Thanks!

The Mailbox song is always a fun one, and one of my favorites.  Kids love it.

The Mailbox Song Being Taught To Leah's Class, 2/7/14


Mailbox Song Lyrics, Chords

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Ah Woonie Koonie Chow, Mayce's class

These kids are a little younger, and this is bilingual spanish/english class.  This was there first time learning.  Wait until I come next time and you hear them!

Ah Woonie Koonie Chow, Mayce's Class






Woonie Koonie Chow Lyrics

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Ah Woonie Koonie Chow New Move!

This is a variation on the normal hand actions used by this song.  One of the boys in the class made it up, taught it to all of us, and here it its.  Good job young man!

Also listen for the boy singing "opera" voice.  Very fun and crazy.  It will make you smile!

Ah Woonie Koonie Chow Ah Woonie, in Halle, Ashlyn and Anna's Class

These kids are great listeners, and learn VERY quickly!  Here is an all time camp and sing along favorite.

A Woonie Koonie Chow A Woonie, Halle, Ashlyn and Anna's Class


AH WOONIE KOONIE CHOW AH WOONIE LYRICS

Ah woonie koonie chow ah woonie

Ah woonie koonie chow ah woonie
I,  i,  i,  icky  i  ki  a  moose
I,  i,  i,  icky  i  ki  a  moose
Ah woo,
Ah woonie kee chee

Little White Duck, Halle's…..class

The kids had made up a new verse for this song "I'm a little earth worm"…..

Little White Duck with new verse added, "Earth Worm"


Little White Duck chords and lyrics

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Don't Fence Me In, Key of D, 3 Part Harmony

I realized that I had never posted the 3 part harmony Key of D version of Don't Fence Me In.
Go to one of my first posts  Don't Fence Me In, 1st Post  to see the high and low harmony parts in the Key of D.

In Don't Fence Me In, 1st Post there is also a video sung in the key of C, if that is your preference to sing/play along.

Don't Fence Me In, 3 part harmony, key of D  (I think one line is wrong lyrics :)

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Land of the Silver Birch

When I was a kid, I dreamed of, and sometimes pretended to be a native american girl.  I was raised in the mountains, in a national forrest.  I love the mountains, and I was raised learning how the Indians took care of the land they lived in, and how they were "one with nature".  If I went hiking, I would never build a fire if there wasn't a place where one had already been built.  I would try and leave "no trace" of where I had been.  I would be careful not to step on anything growing, even weeds.  When I hiked off trails, I would sometimes think, and wonder if anyone had ever put their foot exactly where I was walking, or if anyone had sat where I was sitting on a specific rock.  I loved the feeling of wonder I would get.  I have a reverence for nature.   I hiked a lot with my friend, Patty, who felt the same way.   We would speculate how the Indians would have done this or that, and had a great time.

This song represents that feeling.  The grandkids love it too.  When I teach it in the kids classes at school, it always becomes one of the favorite picks when I return to sing again.

Land of the Silver Birch, Home of the BEAVER (sorry, I taught the wrong words!)


(Use guitar strum #1 or variation of if desired)
Land of the Silver Birch, Carter's Class
Land of the Silver Birch, lyrics and chords

LAND OF THE SILVER BIRCH

Am              Em             Am             Em
Land of the silver birch, home of the beaver

Am                                            Dm7           E
That's where the mighty moose wanders at will

Am                                     Dm7  E                Am
Blue lake and rocky shore, I will return once more

Am                  Em            Am
Boom-de-ada,         boom boom

Am                  Em            Am
Boom-de-ada,         boom boom


2nd verse
Am               Em               Am                  Em
High upon a rocky ledge, I will build my wigwam

Am                                    Dm7       Em                          
Close to the water's edge, silent and still

Am                                     Dm7  E                Am
Blue lake and rocky shore, I will return once more

Am                  Em            Am
Boom-de-ada,         boom boom

Am                  Em            Am
Boom-de-ada,         boom boom


3rd verse

 
Am           Em                   Am             Em
My heart yearns for thee, here in the lowlands

Am                           Dm            Em                          
I will return to thee, hills of the north

Am                                     Dm        E             Am
Blue lake and rocky shore, I will return once more

Am                  Em            Am
Boom-de-ada,         boom boom

Am                  Em             Am
Boom-de-ada,         boom boom

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Guitar Strum Tutorial #1

This is a common guitar strum that I use a lot.  The video shows you how to use.  I will attach to the songs where I sometimes use this strum.

You can vary the strum by still using the lower note (mainly the 5th (A) and 6th (E) strings, and changing which strings you choose to pick on the …2, 3, 4.

Guitar Strum Tutorial #1

Saturday, February 1, 2014

To come soon - songs that I have or will be teaching some of my grandkids elementary school mates.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Added new videos to old posts

I added another video of the boys singing, "Radioactive", (under the post or Song List "Radioactive").
Radioactive

I also added a video of my daughters and I (accompanied by Daryl) singing, "Skydiving" (under "Skydiving post or song list) at a women's conference.  I started to cry and Janelle picked up for me.   Thanks Janelle!  I still struggled to sing the rest of the way through, making my voice/harmony shaky and a bit off.  That just happens sometimes when something is near to your heart.
Skydiving performance

Friday, January 10, 2014

The grandkids singing/playing the song "Apologize"

Anna is playing the piano while both her and Halle (and a few others) sing during the Christmas holiday.  Uncle/grandpa Phil was up visiting, so the kids wanted to play and sing for him.  We loved having him here.

I was trying out my new GoPro camera, and had the full water proof case still on, and didn't realize the back needed to off to hear the sound.  I also didn't realize what it would sound like when placed on the piano itself (not a great recording).  Thank goodness I always like to improve!  The kids really wanted to have me post, so here it is.

The grandkids singing the song Apologize at Rachelle's house



Thursday, January 9, 2014

Grandson's singing "Radioactive"

This is Mason on the new guitar he got for Christmas, Carter singing, and Trevor playing drums/sound effects with his mouth, during a family gathering over the Christmas holidays.  They figured out the cords/words/arrangement by listening to the song.  I love those boys!



1/14/14 - I've added another video of the boys singing, "Radioactive".
Radioactive, performed by Mason (guitar) Trevor (voice beat box)  and Carter (vocals) (using microphones in guitar and bass amps :)  on 1/12/14

Radioactive, (can't hear very well) (Christmas holidays)

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Skydiving (personalized)

Words and cords at bottom of page.  

This was just for practice for a performance this weekend with my daughters, at a women's conference.  I love this song. It is great!   

My husband (the girls dad) died when they were young.  We adjusted a few of these words so that it went with a story about him.  It encourages us to appreciate our lives, and to have the right perspective, and hopefully, bring us to action in a positive way.  

ADD ON 1/14/14 - I also added a video (immediately below)  of my daughters and I (accompanied by Daryl) singing, "Skydiving" at a women's conference.  I started to cry and Janelle picked up for me.   Thanks Janelle!  I still struggled to sing the rest of the way through, making my voice/harmony shaky and a bit off.  That just happens sometimes when something is near to your heart

Skydiving, performed by The Singing Grandma w/daughters and Daryl, on 1/11/14


Skydiving practice, end only


Skydiving practice with daughters and Daryl


Skydiving, practice, one of the harmonies 


Skydiving (Key of G)
Intro -          C (variant)    D       C (variant)    D  (repeat and step up vocals)
Ooooooooooo     oooooooooooo

Merilee
                G                                            C (variant)
He was in his early forties with a lot of life before him
                  Em                                  D                                 C (variant)
When a moment came that stopped him on a dime
Mom
                    G                                           C (variant)
He spent most of the next days, starin’ at the x-rays
 Em                             D                       C (variant)
talkin' 'bout the options ,  and talkin' 'bout sweet time"

Janelle
Em   (oooo)                                                          Em7
When it finally sank in , that this  might  really be the real end
               Em? (only 1 finger)                      C              (C variant)
How it hit him – to hear that kind of news?

Chorus
                     G                                    C(variant)
He went skydiving , he went Rocky Mountain climbing
                  Em   D                                                 C      
He went 2.7 seconds  on a bull named Foo Man Chu
                 G                                         B
And he loved deeper, and he spoke sweeter
                  Em                                D                                    C
And he (ooooooo) gave forgiveness he’d been denying
                 C (variant)
And he said (UNISON)
                                                            D                                                 G              
"Someday I hope you get the chance, to live like you were dying"      
       C(variant)    Em      D      C(variant)

Rachelle/April
He was the husband, that she’d always wanted
He became a friend a friend would like to have

Janelle/Rachelle
And all of a sudden going fishin', wasn't such an imposition
And he went three times that year he lost his dad

Ooooooooo
Merilee (000000)
He finally read the Good Book, and he took a good, long, hard look
At what he’d do if he could do it all again

Chorus
                     G                                    C(variant)
He went skydiving , he went Rocky Mountain climbing
                  Em   D                                                 C      
He went 2.7 seconds  (Janelle alone) on a bull named Foo Man Chu
                 G                                         B
And he loved deeper, and he spoke sweeter
                  Em                                D                                    C
And he (ooooooo) gave forgiveness he’d been denying
                 C (variant)
And he said (UNISON) 
                                                          D                                                   Em
"Someday I hope you get the chance, to live like you were dying"

Bridge
Janelle
              Em7                                                                                       Em? (1 finger only)
Like tomorrow (ooooooo) was a gift and He’s got eternity to think about
                       C
What would he do with it
What would he do with it  (add in mom) (UNISON)
                                  C (variant)
What would you do with it? (add in Merilee/Rachelle)
What would I do with it? (add April/Shauna)

Key change to A        (Change words to “I”)

A                             D
Skydivin’ , I’d go  Rocky mountain climbing
          F#m                         D
I’d go 2.7 seconds on a bull named Fu Man chu
                 A                                   C#                                  
And I’d love deeper and I’d speak sweeter,
                 F#m                        E                                     D      
and I’d (oooooo) give forgiveness I’d been denying  (watch an eagle as it was flying)
And He said (UNISON) 
                                                          E                                                    A                 D
"Someday I hope you get the chance, to live like you were dying”
                                           A              D
“To live like you were dying”
                                             A                D        A                 D            A
 “To live like you were dy…………………ing”