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Sing A Song For Earth Day – Free Music And Resources

whole world handsMany years ago I was lucky to write a song that has now become an anthem for Earth Day in over a dozen countries around the globe. A very simple song, it’s a musical parody of the beautiful African-American spiritual: He’s Got The Whole World In His Hands.  Borrowing that melody; as is often done in folk music, we changed the lyrics to reflect what children can do to show love and respect for the Earth in their daily lives.

Original ideas for the song came from school children during a workshop about Earth Day and I compiled them in a 23 verse song since there were lots of great suggestions.  Later, I edited the choices down to a smaller number so the song would a bit shorter and easier to remember. I’m really proud to think about how singing this song reminds kids of all ages that the small changes they make in their choices in life can make a big difference – on Earth Day and everyday.

Write Your Own Earth Day Song

Since the song has such a simple format, we’ve created an activity where you can write your own Earth Day song. Sing the same simple chorus, but add your suggestions to the verses.  And there’s free sheet music, too, just check the resource links below.

Spanish Translation

A lovely, easy-to-sing Spanish version was written by Cecilia Fencer, head and heart of Spanglish.house.com. Click on that link below to find the words to the Earth Day song in Spanish.

Video

Here’s the official video for “We’ve Got The Whole World In Our Hands”.   If you want to check it out on Vimeo, you can find it here: https://vimeo.com/18765345

We’ve Got The Whole World In Our Hands

Links and Resources

We’ve Got The Whole World In our Hands – Free Song, lyrics, and sheet music: http://www.dariamusic.com/earthday.php

Write Your Own Earth Day Song: http://www.tinytappingtoes.com/classroom-music/sing-your-own-earth-day-song/

Make A Rhythm Tree For Earth Day: http://www.tinytappingtoes.com/early-learning-with-music/a-rhythm-tree-for-earth-day-or-any-day/

Tenemos Todo El Mundo En Nuestras Manos – An Earth Day Song In Spanish
http://www.tinytappingtoes.com/classroom-music/sing-an-earth-day-song-in-spanish/

Make An Earth Day Nature Walk Rattle: http://www.tinytappingtoes.com/early-learning-with-music/make-an-earth-day-nature-walk-rattle/

Earth Day CD and CD Plus 10 Recycled Activities: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/EARTH-DAY-CD-PLUS-E-BOOK-OF-10-RECYCLED-MUSICAL-ACTIVITIES-658096

Official Earth Day Site: http://www.earthday.org

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Sing An Earth Day Song In Spanish

Earth Day Song in SpanishMusic is such a wonderful way to promote learning languages and bilingualism. If you’re celebrating Earth Day, here’s a fun way of combining caring for our planet with expanding your language skills in Spanish.

The song is based on my earth Day anthem heard all over the world, and if you haven’t heard it yet, make you get your free mp3 download at the links below or cruise over to the videos and hear it yourself.

Tenemos Todo El Mundo En Nuestras Manos

(New version of lyrics in English)
 Daria Marmaluk-Hajioannou
 (Spanish translation) Cecelia Fencer

Tenemos todo el mundo en nuestras manos.
 (chorus – sung four times)

 

Debemos reciclar, ahora que podemos.

Reducir, reusar y reciclar

Reducir y reciclar ahora que podemos.

Tenemos al mundo en nuestras manos.

 

Tenemos plantas y animales en nuestra tierra,

plantas y animales en nuestra tierra.

Tenemos plantas y animales en nuestra tierra.

Tenemos al mundo en nuestras manos.

 

Tomemonos de las manos, como hermanos.

Tomemonos de las manos como hermanos.

Tomemonos de las manos como hermanos,

tenemos al mundo en nuestras manos

 

Encuentra tus sueños y haz lo que puedas,

ten tus anhelos y lucha por ellos.

Encuentra tus sueños y haz lo que puedas,

tenemos al mundo en nuestras manos.

Tenemos todo el mundo en nuestras manos.
 (chorus – sung four times)

Links and Resources



world in hands iconFree Lyric Sheet – We’ve Got The Whole World In Our Hands (English) http://www.dariamusic.com/wholeworld.php

We’ve Got The Whole World In Our Hands – Youtube Video – (In English) https://www.youtube.com/edit?o=U&video_id=eIQUOIyE7q0

Earth Day CD Plus E-Book With 10 Recycled Activities: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/EARTH-DAY-CD-PLUS-E-BOOK-OF-10-RECYCLED-MUSICAL-ACTIVITIES-658096

Official Earth Day Site: http://www.earthday.org/

What Was That Drum Seen In Moana?

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Lots of young children and those of us who are kids at heart have fallen in love with the latest Disney animated film set in the Pacific Islands, called Moana.  If you haven’t seen it yet; I promise, no spoilers here!

While enjoying the film, music-lovers will notice a unique drum makes a brief appearance and helps our young heroine discover an important aspect of the Pacific Island Slit Drumhistory of her people.  To most Westerns eyes, this sideways, longer wooden drum may look a bit unusual.  Were you wondering what it was?  Although we don’t get a good look at it, it’s most likely inspired by the slit drums or a log drums found throughout the Pacific Islands.

The drum pictured above is very similar to the one seen in the movie.  Made in Papau, New Guinea, this elaborately carved slit drum is placed on two wooden rests and played by striking the top (open) area.  Unpainted and left it’s natural color, the inner carved area is rubbed with white lime, making the beautiful traditional designs stand out.  You’ll notice lots of similarities between the artwork and the tattoos in the movie and the carvings seen on the drum here!

Although you can’t walk into a museum and see this drum first-hand, you can check out it’s complete information page on the Brooklyn Museum website, where it is part of an “Arts of the Pacific Islands.”  You can also check out the link below that shares another similar drum from Tokelau, three islands that are north of New Zealand and East of Australia.  The Wikipedia page on the music of Tokelau has some very helpful background about this drum as part of communal singing and dancing rites and rituals, used to not only bring the people of the island together but to preserve and share ancestral history, just like we see in this latest movie about a strong young woman finding her way and saving her people!

Slit DrumIntrigued by this type of drum and want to share it with your child?  There are definitely kid size slit drums; like the one pictured here, that any child can use to rock their world!

Links and Resources

Complete Drum Description From The Brooklyn Museum
https://www.brooklynmuseum.org/opencollection/objects/66604

Brooklyn Museum’s Arts of the Pacific Islands” Exhibition
https://www.brooklynmuseum.org/opencollection/collections/23

Slit Drums And Music Of Tokelau
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Music_of_Tokelau

Sing A Song About MLK Day – DARIA’s Resources Free Until 1/31

MLK Mini-poster

Many years ago, I wrote a little song about the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s famous “I Have A Dream” speech. I had always been a big fan of MLK’s speeches and writing and I wanted to create an easy-to-sing song that would take these big ideas and make them “singable” for kids. Little did I know that the songs would soon become of the most popular classrooms songs for sharing the life and legacy of MLK across the country.

If you haven’t heard the song already, you can see the Youtube video, here:

Get All Of My MLK-Resources Free!

In honor of the MLK Day of Service 2017, I’ve decided to give away not only the song, but the entire “I Have A Dream” cd, the sheet music and all of my MLK posters, mini-posters, etc. until the end of this month.  Please feel free to stop by and download any of these resources here: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/World-Music-With-Daria/Category/MLK-Day-225636

What will you be doing on MLK Day 2017? Whatever it is, take a moment to recall this great leader who changed the face of our nation through compassion, real moral strength and love.

MLK Day Song For Young Children

MLK Mini-posterEveryone understands what it’s like to dream.  And this time of year, many families are preparing for a day of service in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. and his dream of a fairer, kinder and more peaceful world.

But how do you talk about big concepts like compassion and social justice with young children?  You can start with simple songs like this one that use easy, repeatable phrases to sing the praises of a great American hero.

Here’s an animation of the song and complete lyrics are below.

Need more than a song? Check out the links and resources below for free posters, coloring pages and lyric sheet.   The “I Have A Dream” song and MLK’s timeless message are perfect for a day of service or any time of year!

Links and Resources

Free Lyric Sheet for the “I Have a Dream” MLK Day Song http://www.dariamusic.com/docs/songs/I%20Have%20a%20Dream%20Songbook.pdf

MLK Day Song From Itunes https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/i-have-a-dream/id49532398

MLK Day Song From Amazon: https://amzn.com/B0013PKPM4

MLK Day Song From TeachersPayTaeachers
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Song-For-MLK-Day-I-Have-A-Dream-475185

MLK Day Color Poster- “Everyone Can Be Great” https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/MLK-Day-Mini-Poster-Everyone-Can-Be-Great-Because-Everyone-Can-Serve-1616862

MLK Coloring Page For Younger Kids:
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/MLK-Rainbow-Coloring-Page-for-Younger-Children-475121

MLK Quotes for Older Kids
http://buff.ly/1VwJvah

I HAVE A DREAM  By Daria A. Marmaluk-Hajioannou

There’s a man I think you’ve heard of

His name is Martin Luther King

He wanted a world of peace and love

He said “I have a dream”

Chorus: I have a dream, I have a dream

I’ve been to the mountaintop and I’ve seen.., And, I have a dream

He said: “I know that this is possible

I know that this can be

If each one can learn to live with love

Then we can all be free”

If you share this vision

You know it’s not a difficult thing

We can build a world of peace and love

And we can all be queens and “kings”

Donate a Book or CD to the Charleston, SC Library!

charleston public library

What’s better to uplift the minds and hearts of children than a great book or a wonderful cd of children’s music? Since the entire country and world were touched by the senseless violence in South Carolina this past week, a call has gone out to honor the memory of one of the victims of the shooting, community librarian Cynthia Hurd.

Although this little blog is mainly about music, education and enrichment, there’s no way to ignore the recurring cycles of violence occurring in our country and the world. Maybe the only gentle solution is to take the time to share a beautiful message with the children in your life and the young people in your community. Then it’s up to them to build a better world where tragedies like this become sad memories from the distant past.

If you have a great book or cd, please send it in memory of Cynthia Hurd to the following address:
Charleston County Public Library    c/o Andria Amaral
68 Calhoun St
Charleston SC 29401

Ms. Cynthia G. Hurd, A Friend To The Community

Described as a friend to the community, Cynthia Hurd worked with Charleston County Public Library for over 30 years. During her life, she worked throughout the library system and served on the planning committee of Charleston’s first free public library for African Americans.  At the time of her death she served as manager of the St. Andrews Regional Library branch.

You can find out more about her life in this Library Journal memorial post:

http://lj.libraryjournal.com/2015/06/industry-news/cynthia-g-hurd-librarian-among-those-killed-in-charleston-shooting/