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Holiday and Everyday SongsAges: 5 - 10
By Hap-Pal Music
Holiday and Everyday Songs
Written and Performed by Hap Palmer
This is a collection of songs about holidays throughout the year combined with songs about special things that happen every day.
A wide variety of musical styles from the joyful mariachi trumpets of Cinco de Mayo, to the spooky sounds of Halloween Hike celebrate holidays for every season. On Martin Luther King Day, lift your voices together to show We Have A Dream. Let the drums and cymbals inspire your dragon dance as you sing Xin Nian Kuai Le to say Happy New Year in Chinese. Share a gentle message of friendship and caring with the Valentine’s Song.
Birthdays are made extra special with the Birthday Medley of four cheerful songs. You can choose one or do them all! Celebrate 4th of July with a blending of two classic American music styles – bluegrass and Dixieland jazz in Happy Birthday USA. Liven up any party with a spirited game of tag as the little mice Scamper away from the hungry cat!
Sing and dance with the Halloween classic Witches’ Brew, then clap and laugh with A Turkey Tale and cheer the feisty turkey as it evades the farmer on Thanksgiving Day. As the days grow shorter, celebrate winter solstice and Christmas with the Sheltering Evergreen Tree; then sing the song again in the spring for Arbor Day.
Every day is a day to be thankful for Food in its many healthy varieties, and to wake up with the animals in Morning Time At The Zoo. Imagine a more harmonious world on the International Day of Peace as you sing Ki Va Moed, to say, “Now is the time.” On Earth Day, or any day, marvel at the miracle of life with Nature’s Sweet Endless Song and when you take time to notice seemingly ordinary things you realize the central theme of this album, Every Day’s A Special Day!
Instrumental versions are included for most of the songs. They include the complete track minus the vocals. After you learn the words to a song, you can sing along hearing only the music with a soft piano melody to guide you. The instrumental versions are ideal for accompanying groups in holiday assemblies and concert performances.
View and download complete guide with lyrics, activities, and photos at: http://www.happalmer.com (Select CD cover on home page then select “Lyrics and Activities” button.)
What a fun, diverse, and well recorded album! The first song, "We have a Dream," gets right to the heart of social justice with a tinge of a gospel sound. "Cinco de Mayo" is a great tune to inform us about Mexican culture. The song is catchy and has a nice groove and contagious hook. We really liked Xin Nian Kwai Le for not only its uniqueness but for simply recognizing and including Chinese New Year in the collection. This cd is great for teaching empathy and cultural awareness to elementary aged kids!
We learned about many different holidays and cultures. In particular, the songs sparked conversation around the similarities and differences in languages and sounds. We loved the overall diversity of the cd.
We loved this cd! Witches' Brew was by far our favorite. I remember singing this one when I was a young lad!
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