Music Notes

                               MARCH/APRIL

In my more than forty years of teaching and writing monthly notes, I have
never experienced a situation quite like our current order to “shelter in place.” I
hope you and your family are weathering this particular storm in the best way
possible.
At the beginning of March, our young singers had been singing “In Like a Lion,
Out Like a Lamb” and learning about the string section in the orchestra. Our older
youngster were tackling “Yankee Doodle” on their recorders and everyone was
singing “Molly Malone” anticipating St. Patrick’s Day. Choir had just performed at
Stanford and was preparing songs for Valley Pines, Mushroom Mardi Gras, and the
Chamber Breakfast. Then, the world (quite literally) came to a stop.
Teachers were given the challenging task to provide care and academics for their
students while also providing for their own families. Thinking this would resolve
itself before the original deadline given to return to school, April 13th , I began
planning for my Easter and spring songs. Of course, our little ones would sing “10
Little Bunnies” and practice counting down from 10 to 1. Older youngsters would
listen to Vivaldi’s “Spring” and identify instruments. They would learn “Music Alone
Shall Live.”
Earth Day would be right around the corner so songs like “What Do You Do with
a Water Waster?”, “We’ve Got the Whole World in Our
Hands”, “It’s Easy Bein’ Green” and “What a Wonderful
World” would keep us singing. We’d also dance the “Bunny    
Hop”, a favorite of all!
Then came yesterday’s announcement that school would
not resume until May 4th , if then. So, I’m on to planning
our Mother’s Day, Memorial Day and end of the year selections! Flexibility is a
necessary character trait now!
And so . . . I’m inviting our 2nd through 5 graders to participate in the Freedom
Fest Essay Contest. (Please see flyer posted on Peach Jar.). With the schools being
closed, essays may be emailed to me at allthecranes@netzero.com. Be watching for
directions on how to enter handwritten essays.
I’m also working on the annual Freedom Fest Patriotic Sing to be held on
July 3rd at the Community Cultural Center. The program features the
children of our community singing songs of our country and honors members
of our military, past and present. I would love to have your youngster(s) be
a part of our Patriotic Sing Chorus. (There is no charge to be a member of our
chorus!) We sing on July 3rd then the next day, ride a float in the parade. Later we
sing for Fireworks. There are so many memories to be made in Morgan Hill during
the 4th of July weekend. We, at Freedom Fest, are currently proceeding with our 4th
of July planning.
With a song in my heart, Karen Ann Crane – allthecranes@netzero.com