In everyone there is music and rhythm, but sometimes it is trapped. What a wonderful feeling to be released to sing and enjoy music, especially with others.
On this page are a few examples of songs that are easy to adapt depending on what topic you’re covering.
I support folk of all ages and in different settings to discover the fun and joy of singing.
Before lockdown I ran a regular ‘Sing for Fun’ group near Alford, where folk came together for enjoyment and in the process gained new skills and confidence and made new friends. Here’s hoping we can meet again…
If you’re in Aberdeen and are interested in singing or playing music with others, check out Scottish Culture and Traditions online at: http://www.scottishculture.org/
Childrens’ songs which are easy to adapt
The Farmer’s in the Dell
The Wheels on the Bus
This is the way we wash our face…
I had a little nut tree
If you go down to the woods today
Three blind mice
Ten green bottles
Head, shoulders, knees and toes
It’s raining! It’s pouring!
Here’s some examples of songs and recordings, with examples of adaptations!
Katie Bairdie (a traditional song)
Create a dance or a story around this? What other verses?
Katie Bairdie had a coo, it wis black aboot the moo
Wasn’t that a dainty coo? Dance Katie Bairdie.
Dirrum a doo a doo a dey dirrum a doo a daddy o!
Autumn song (tune Frere Jacques)
I like autumn I like autumn
Butterflies, passing by
The leaves are driftin down
Red, yellow, green and brown
Colder nights! With stars so bright!
G Banks silverhaar 2013
Seashore (If you go down to the woods today)
If you go down to the sea today you’re best to go at low tide
If you go down to the sea today, you’re best to go with open eyes
For in every rock pool that ever there was
Are gathered creatures together because
This is where they like to swim when the tide’s out!
Nature of the wood (If you go down to the woods today)
If you go down to the woods today there’ll be trees both big and small
If you go down to the woods today you’ll see plants and beasties crawl
The birds they sing, the insects fly
The animals sniff as they patter by
For this is the place the creatures live in safety
G Banks silverhaar copyright 2013
Grace Songs – please feel free to use/adapt, acknowledging author 🙂
A Wild Place G Banks silverhaar copyright2013
White clouds blown through a dark sky
Trees, flowers and mountains so high
Rivers flow down to the sea’s shore
So much joy for you and I
Touching the sky exploring the green
Discovering a wild place where I’ve never been
Seeing the beauty of all that’s around
Sharing with others of what we have found
We can look and smell and hear things
In the green woods and on the soft ground
Birds are singing on the branches
Passing deer, they make no sound
Touching the sky exploring the green….
Our Wonderful World
Colours all around me
Leaves fall from the trees
Birds fly through a windy sky
But the buds of next Spring are here!
Autumn has come
Winter will come
Spring it will come
Then summer it will come!
G Banks silverhaar copyright2013