Tuesday, 3 July 2018

2018, Term 2, Week 10 - Last week of term and Matariki

Matariki is the Māori name for the cluster of stars also known as the Pleiades. It rises in mid-winter and is the beginning of a new year. Matariki means the ‘eyes of god’ (mata ariki) or ‘little eyes’ (mata riki). 
Maori mythology says that the sky father, Ranginui, and the earth mother, Papatūānuku, were separated by their children. The god of the winds, Tāwhirimātea, became so angry that he tore out his eyes and threw them into the heavens.

It was a time for remembering the dead and for celebrating new life. In the 21st century, observing Matariki has become popular again

 Follow this link for more information about Matariki

For 2018, June 7th is listed as the day that Matariki sets and July 6 - 9 as the rising, which is when you can see Matariki just above the horizon before the sun comes up. The celebration period  for 2018 has been set for 6 -13 July.

Here's the Matariki Macarena  
And here's a a tutorial to show you how to do it - with a boys' part as well. 

Here's the words so you can sing along.
Waipuna - a - rangi
Tupu - a - nuku
Tupu - a - rangi
Ko Uru - a - rangi te potiki
O te whanau Matari 

Here's a story of Matariki 

Here's another Matariki song called Nga Tamaki O Matariki

Wai-ti, Wai-ta, Waipuna-rangi
Tupuanuku, Tupuarangi, Ururangi e
Koine nga tamariki o Matariki
Nga whetu e piataata i te rangi e
Nga whetu e piataata i te rangi e
Wai-ti, Wai-ta, Waipuna-rangi
Tupuanuku, Tupuarangi, Ururangi e
These are the children of Matariki
The bright stars that shine in the sky
The bright stars that shine in the sky

 Leopold Stokowski  (1882 - 1977) was one of the world's greatest conductors.  Her was known for not using a baton, and conducting with his hands instead. HE is also known for his appearance in Walt Disney's Fantasia  and is characterised by Bugs Bunny in this  cartoon video called Bugs Bunny Opera. 

---oo 🎼 oo----

Tuesday, 26 June 2018

2018, Term 2, Week 8, New Zealand Children's Music, Part 4

Here's  another cool song  NZ children's song by fleaBITE, called No Toast 

No Toast 

No toast
No toast for me
I’m heading out to sea
No toast
No toast for me
A sailor is what I be

Out across the waves
The wind she blows
Mind the rocks below

No toast
No toast for me
I’m sailing across the sea
No toast
Or mouldy bread
A hammock for my head

Seas as big as trees
The ship she flies
Sailors tell no lies

A 1-2-3
A 2-2-3
Boom and a boom and a boom
And a boom
Crash Crash
Boom and a boom
And a go to your room

No toast
No toast for me
I’m heading out to sea
No toast
No toast for me
A sailor is what I be


Havana - tutorial by the Kidz Bop kids - except if you mirror their actions, you will be doing it using your left foot / arm actions for their right ones.  You decide how you want to do it.  

Here's the KidZ Bop version of Havana 

Recorder / Ukulele / Glockenspiel  ideas for this week

Rocking All Over the World by Status Quo 

I knew You were Treble  (parody of I knew you were Treble by Taylor Swift)

Brahms Lullaby  - you'll know this, even if you've never heard its name or composer before. 

The New Zealand Symphony Orchestra has recorded a classic German lullaby in te reo for Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Clarke Gayford's baby.

It performed the famous lullaby, Cradle Song or Wiegenlied, by 19th century German composer Johannes Brahms.Opera singer Simon O'Neil​ recorded the piece before one of the orchestra's Wellington performances at the Michael Fowler Centre. 

Tuesday, 19 June 2018

2018, Term 2, Week 8: New Zealand Children's Music Part 3

Bobby McFerrin is an American jazz vocalist and conductor. He wrote and sang "Don't Worry Be Happy" which became a Number 1 hit song  - taking over from Sweet Child o' Mine by Guns N' Roses. Don't Worry, Be Happy also won song of the year  at the 1989 Grammy Awards. 
Watch this video of Bobby McFerrin demonstrating the Pentatonic Scale 

(Junior) Dance:
Don't Worry, Be Happy 

(Senior) Dance 
Don't Worry, Be Happy -  can do it in groups of three, although it's probably safer to adapt some of the moves. 

Do animals have a sense of music? Check out this video of a dog playing notes on the piano

Singing - see previous blogs, too. 
Junior Songs (using the pentatonic scale)
Bought Me a Cat 
Ten in the Bed 
John Kanakanaka
Bickle Bockle (and game) 

More New Zealand Children's Music 

A song by Fleabite called Don't sit under the Poo Tree! 
You can fart in a jar
You can spit at a star
But don’t sit under the Poo Tree
You can eat till you burst
You can cuss you can curse
But don’t sit under the Poo Tree

My granny had a horse
My granny had a whip
She looked me in the nostril and she give me this tip
What she say?
“Hey little Johnny now you listen to me
Don’t sit under the Poo Tree”

You can lie to your friends
You can steal all their pens
But don’t sit under the Poo Tree
You can wear dirty clothes
Stick a stick up your nose
But don’t sit under the Poo Tree

Birdies like to eat all day
But every night they rest
In the tree down yonder where the sun sets in the west
They’re full of worms and beetles
And seeds and bits of fruit
So just before they say their prayers
They do a mighty poop
And that is why I tell you what my granny said to me
“Never sit below that stinky old Poo Tree”

You can eat off the floor
You can slam closed the door
But don’t sit under the Poo Tree
You can dance with baboons
By the light of the moon
But don’t sit under the Poo Tree

Fatcat and Fishface - Bird Brain 
The brain of a bird is a marvellous thing
It can teach you to fly. It can teach you to sing
It can teach you to operate both of your wings
Oh the brain of a bird is a marvelous thing

The brain of a bird is a marvellous thing
It can make you take journeys in winter and spring
It can make you make nests of tinfoil and string
Oh the brain of a bird is a marvelous thing

Your bones may be hollow
Your feet may be webbed
Your song may be just a quack
Yet you can fly thousands of nautical miles
And know how to get yourself back

The brain of a bird is a marvellous thing
It can help you to see when it’s terribly dim
It can lead you to water to duck, dive or swim
Oh the brain of a bird is a marvellous thing

Tuesday, 12 June 2018

2018, Term 2, Week 7: New Zealand Children's Music Part 2

Paul Hindemtih (1895 - 1963) was a German composer, violinist and conductor.

Here's an example of the above quote, from Fawlty Towers,  a British comedy from the 1970s.  Can you work out which character thinks Brahms Third Symphony is meaningless noise?

Everywhere Stars  - creative movement - Listen for Matariki.
I like to Move It, Move It (Here's the original version from the movie - can you see any similarities?)
Can't Stop the Feeling
Funky Robot

Funk Town  - a bit harder but some fun dance moves. 

Choose from Funky Robot, Funky Town and Can't Stop the Feeling (above) 
Watch me (Whip/Nae Nae)
Celebrate (for a bit of '70s dance moves)  
Don't Stop Me Now   Continuing on our Queen theme from last week. 
Everybody Dance Now  

NZ Songs for Juniors: 
Taniwha Song (Note the lyrics may be a bit different to the one you know)
The Library Song - A bit of a noisy song for the library!

A Fatcat and Fishface favourite of ours from a few years ago - Tip of My Tongue                         
Tip of My Tongue 
Are you able to play tennis on a turning tennis table?
Will your mother mollycoddle Mrs Morse’s daughter Mabel?
Can you lick a lolly scramble like a lizard at a lake?
Can you carry half a carton full of crunchy carrot cake? 

Did your sister get a blister from assisting Mr Morse?
Or was it helping Harry hit a home run? Yes of course
Can you stick a naked bunny in a cranny or a nook?
Can you bring a bacon buttie and a bottle and a book?

Chorus: It’s on the tip of my tongue

How do horses hear a hoodlum when they’re hurtling hell for
Why do weasels whistle wetly in the wild and windy weather?
Did your father find a feather for the funky fashion show?
Or did he force young Norman Morse to tell him where to go?

Can you count the clucking chickens as they cackle in the
After Mrs Morse’s Morris Minor nearly ran them over?
Did you drink a drip of danger juice and drain the bottom drop?
Can you eat the ears of elephants and never want to stop?

Chorus: It’s on the tip of my tongue

Can someone tell the Morses that their dog is here for dinner
That their cat has lost its confidence, their guinea pig is
The Morses are our neighbours Mr, Mrs, Norman, Mabel
And all of them play tennis on a turning tennis table

Chorus: It’s on the tip of my tongue

And a new tongue twister nonsense song by Fleabite (same singer as in Fatcat and Fishface) called Liver Lover:

 "Liver Lover" lyrics

1.Chicken liver, duck liver, cock-a-doodle cluck liver
Lamb liver, cow liver, give it to me now liver
Shark liver, goat liver, stick it up your coat liver
Turkey liver, pig liver, juicy and so big liver

Camel liver, bear liver, breadcrumbs everywhere liver
Frog liver, toad liver, cycling up the road liver
Kiwi liver, bat liver, we’ll have none of that liver
Monkey liver, gnu liver, crested cockatoo liver

Liver, liver lover, liver
Don’t be angry, just forgive her
You can’t live without your liver

2. Cat liver, rat liver, rabbit from your hat liver
Beaver liver, mouse liver, running round your house liver
Cod liver, eel liver, it’s not a big deal liver
Sparrow liver, mole liver, halfway down a hole liver

Dog liver, snake liver, sorry my mistake liver
Worm liver, slug liver, chug-a-lug-a-lug liver
Moose liver, crab liver, cooked in a kebab liver
Less liver, more liver, even dinosaur liver

Liver, liver lover, liver
Cry your tears into the river
You can’t live without your liver

3.Horse liver, ass liver, hiding in the grass liver
Lizard liver, snail liver, reading all my mail liver
Tiger liver, hen liver, please say that again liver
Wolf liver, fox liver, think outside the box liver

Eagle liver, goose liver, hanging from a noose liver
Mammoth liver, quail liver, banging in a nail liver
Mongoose liver, weevil liver, is it good or evil liver
Hippo liver, otter liver, I’ve not got a lot of liver

Liver, liver lover, liver
Be you fat or be you thinner
You can’t live without your liver

Monkey liver, bee liver, swinging through the trees liver
Penguin liver, croc liver, tick tick tock liver
Zebra liver, possum liver, sitting on your bottom liver
Bison liver, shag liver, don’t be such a nag liver

Spider liver, crow liver, long long way to go liver
Hedgehog liver, whale liver, wave your furry tail liver
Lion liver, deer liver, had it up to here liver
Tui liver, trout liver, shake it all about liver

Liver, liver lover, liver
Kangaroo or caterpillar
You can’t live without your liver

And something from our You Tube favourites department: Just to prove that you are never to old or too young to dance - watch this video with an old man and two young girls doing a shuffle dance in China.                   

Tuesday, 5 June 2018

2018, Term 2, Week 6: New Zealand Children's Music Part 1

Now that we have finished New Zealand Music Month, it's a good time to look at music for children by New Zealand composers and musicians. 

Last week we talked about the visual reference to Queen's Bohemian Rhapsody in Mother Goose's "Baked Beans" video.  Here's a Muppets version of Bohemian Rhapsody - can you find the connection? 

We revisit our favourite  from previous years - The Wreck of the Diddley by Fatcat and Fishface.   Here's a link the the lyrics

Some background and vocabulary to help you understand the song better: 

In the early days of European settlement in New Zealand there were very few roads, and most people wanted to live within close distance of a coastal area with a harbour or sheltered area for ships to dock.  Travel by sea  (or river) was usually the easiest and quickest way to transport people and goods from place to place.  In those days, the various types of ships and boats were as common as the trucks, trains, buses and planes we use for transport today.  Except, there was no GPS, no rain radars or satellite weather information,  no telecommunications to send signals if you were in trouble - and no rescue services.  There were many shipwrecks, and many ships disappeared without a trace.  Many,many lives of passengers and crews were lost. 

The Wreck of the Diddley is set in New Zealand waters - somewhere near the Wellington suburb of Island Bay, on the shores of Cook Strait (although NZ waters were not known to be visited by pirates, as indicated in this song). 

Typhoon - a really big storm - and another name for a tropical cyclone.  It's called a typhoon in some Asian areas, a hurricane in the Northern Atlantic areas (USA, UK) and a cyclone in the South Pacific (Australia, Pacific Islands, New Zealand).
20 foot high - a foot is a measurement of distance. It's a little bit over 6 metres. 
Port and starboard  the left and righthand side (or direction) of a ship when facing the front. 
Abandon ship everybody get off the ship
A dozen  twelve 

Was a bright summer’s day back in 1859
No it wasn’t, it was 1863
And we sailed on the good ship ‘My Darling Clementine’
No we didn’t, it was ‘Mary Jane Marie’

Then came a storm, a typhoon I recall
And the waves they crashed all around
They were 20 foot high and they looked us in the eye
And we thought to a man we would drown

Chorus: We thought we’d die diddley die
Diddley diddley diddley die
We thought we’d die diddley die
Diddley die

It was young Nick Magoo who saw the rocks ahead
No it wasn’t, it was old man John McGee
And the captain steered to port and we headed into land
No he didn’t, it was starboard out to sea

Then was a mighty crack, a terrible sickening sound
And the brave mast came a-tumbling down
The salt it stung our eyes, ”Abandon ship”, we cried
And we thought to a man we would drown


The water was a-boil with a dozen drowning men
No it wasn’t cos I counted 43
And we clung to bits of wood and anything we could
No we didn’t, we were sinking helplessly

We shouted to the skies and we said our last goodbyes
As the darkness gathered all around
We were frozen to the core and we couldn’t swim no more
And so to a man we did drown


And sometimes late at night on the shores of Island Bay
If you listen you will hear a ghostly sound
And some do say it’s wind and some do say you may
Hear the singing of the sailor men who drowned


And another quick Fatcat and Fishface favourite - the Undies Song. 

Tuesday, 29 May 2018

2018, Term 2, Weeks 5: New Zealand Music Month - with Baked Beans!

Check out this video to hear Beethoven's Piano Sonata in C Sharp Minor (known as Moonlight Sonata) (FF to 24 seconds in)  played with audible passion - and see how a group of Korean  street dancers have interpreted his music  - also passionately - for a dancing competition recently. 
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This is the last week of New Zealand Music month, and we will look at one of our favourite New Zealand songs and videos.

Here's a New Zealand Music quizThis will be too tricky for most of you - but you will definitely be able to answer some, based on the work we have covered this term. 

This week's video clip and song is called Baked Beans by Mother Goose.

Mother Goose were a rock and roll band, formed in 1975 in Dunedin,  who were very successful in the late 1970s, particularly in Australia. They still hold attendance records for some of their gigs in NZ and Australia. Although they played a wide range of music, they are most well known for their video for their novelty 1977 single 'Baked Beans'. It was one of the most played clips in Australia in the 1970s.  Part of the band's identity was to dress up in outrageous costumes - including a sailor, a pixie, a ballerina, a baby and a bumble bee.   The "Baked Beans" video references Queen's Bohemian Rhapsody and includes the most well known lines of the Halleluiah Chorus  from Handel's Messiah from 1741. 

And,just for the fun of it, a silly song about baked beans. 

And a bit more silliness - This is an ad  for Heinz baked beans - taking advantage of the cup song example.   And another version of the same ad with a girl singing all parts. 

Try it yourself - Here's how to master the movements of the can song. 

Rhythm tracks
Here's an awesome You Tube site to practise your sight reading of rhythm patterns and notation with increasing difficulty over ten levels. 

And this is a great way to test of you can keep the rhythm when the music stops. Try to keep the pulse (beat) in the silences and see if you are still in time when the music comes back. 
Everywhere Stars - creative movement 
I like to Move It, Move It   (Here's the original version from the movie - can you see any similarities?) 
Can't Stop the Feeling
Twist - excellent to help learn Left and Right (while mirroring the video) 
Funky Robot

Choose any from above or below

Seniors (Choose from):
Kidz Bop - Watch Me  (A good way to practise some new dance moves) 
Rock around the Clock - note that you will need to use the opposite hands to his instructions if you want to mirror the actions, i.e., when he says move to the left - you move to the right. 
Limbo - you may want a partner for this 
Bailar (Just Dance)
Kung Fu Fighting 

NZ Sign Language ABC song
Old MacDonald had a Farm - in New Zealand Sign Language
Walking on Water - Ben Tipene
Make you Mine - Ben Tipene

Tuesday, 15 May 2018

2018, Term 2, Week 3&4: Poi E / Slice of Heaven - NZ Music Month Part 3

New Zealand Music Month - Part 3  - Poi E 

Poi E   (1984) by the Patea Maori Club was a number-one hit song and the biggest selling  song in NZ in 1984 - outselling all other international recording artists. It was one of the first songs entirely in Maori language to achieve popular success. It features a blend of Maori culture and Western music influence and had appeal across all generations, but particularly to youth - the so-called "hip-hop generation". (Break dancing was in its earliest days then.) It is still a popular song 

Poi E lyrics were written by Maori linguist Ngoi Pewhairanigi  to promote ethnic pride among young Maori people. The score was arranged by Dalvanius Prime, who created his own record label, Maui Records, when other recording companies showed no interest. 

The song became popular after a news item about it, and its popularity increased when the Patea Maori Club toured the United Kingdom and gave a Royal Command Performance.  It entered the charts again in 2009 after it was used in a Vodafone ad, and in 2010 after featuring in the NZ movie Boy. It is the only NZ song to appear in the charts over three decades. In 2016 the song featured in a movie about it called Poi E: The Story of  our Song. Poi E is also included in the very successful World Vision Kids for Kids Concert featuring massed choirs of  primary children. 

Taika Waititi (Director of Thor) included a  haka (inspired by Michael Jackson's 'Thriller') to 'Poi E' in the closing credits of the movie Boy (2010). 

Have a go at singing along with the lyrics on this video. 

And another New Zealand Classic - Slice of Heaven by Dave Dobbyn and Herbs. 
It was awarded the "Best Song of 1986" at the New Zealand Music Awards and was number 1 on New Zealand and Australian music charts.  The song was from the soundtrack of Footrot Flats: The Dog's  Tail Tale. The unusual instrument you hear at the beginning is an a synthesised Japanese flute. The video features Dave Dobbyn and Herbs singing and playing instruments, and includes clips of dancers at live performances because they didn't have time to recreate dancing scenes.  In 2009, the song was voted the 7th most popular New Zealand song of all time. 

Here's a version with the lyrics if you want to sing along. 

Artists have had a bit of fun with some music images - what can you recognise? 

Moving to music - Claudia Robin Gunn: Everywhere Stars 

Tapati Tapata   (Click on "Show More"  then scroll down a bit to find the lyrics.) 
Beep, Beep, I'm a Sheep just to prove that  anything can be made into a song! (Don't be surprised by the "Meow, meow, I'm a cow" line. it is, after all, a pretty silly song, but there are some fun dance moves. 
Blue (da ba dee da ba dye)  Because Tapati Tapata doesn't make sense either.
Speedy Gonzales
NZ Sign Language ABC song
Old MacDonald had a Farm - in New Zealand Sign Language

Walking on Water - Ben Tipene 
Make you Mine - Ben Tipene 


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