2. Fine Day
I love text and melodic lines that give young singers a chance to incorporate the voice building components of a full, free and flexible sound with pure vowels. Nothing makes their eyes light up like the achievement of a rich, resonant ensemble tone that makes the room ping.
Whatever genre or style the music, I look for “anchor moments” where the singers can connect some of these building blocks to the musical effect we’re going for. In that way, every piece is a teaching piece.
In Night and Day you’ll find the repeated use of a couple vowel sounds as “anchor moments.”
The oo of “moon” and “who” in Moon Are You Out There and “doo” in Fine Day keeps them coming back to a forward, easily blended vowel like the “hoo” sound that an owl makes. It becomes the reference point for less forward sounds of “do” “to” “you” etc.
The i in “skies” “eyes” “right” “light” “Fine” “kind” etc. are sustained on the initial “ah” sound, setting up the use of taller rather than lateral vowels.
Beyond the pedagogical objectives, these two pieces are simply meant to be a fun exploration of contrasting moods. Enjoy!
If you want music that your singers and audience will instantly love, I recommend the “Night and Day” set; your singers will learn so much studying this work but most of all, they will love singing it!
Tacoma Youth Chorus
Doo, doo doo doo doo doo
Doo doo doo (2x)
Would you like to take a walk with me?
By the river, skip a rock with me?
It could be wild and stormy
Or skies of blue;
Any kind of weather will do
‘Cause it’s a fine day for a walk
If I could walk with you.
Would you like to sing a song with me?
Or would you think there’s something wrong with me?
Could be a golden oldie
Or something new:
Any kind of music will do.
‘Cause it’s a fine day for a song
If I could sing with you.
Nothin’ else that I’d rather do
‘Cause it’s a fine day for a walk,
And it’s a fine day for singing too
Yes it’s a fine day for a walk
And a song with you.