May 30, 2017

The Pie Song

Here is an old post now with a version of the song sung by the BAM Folk Music kids... 

SONG - The Pie Song "baby don't you cry"

This beautiful little song is from the movie "Waitress". Kids and teachers love this song but it also has a touching story behind it.

Waitress was written, directed and acted in by Adrienne Shelly a young up and coming female director and new mom. She also co-wrote the song for the movie. The love between mom and daughter that is so powerfully displayed in the movie was inspired by Adrienne's relationship with her own daughter.The movie was a hit at the Sundance Film Festival and was purchased by the major distributer but tragically Adrienne was killed in her New York office/apartment before the movie was quite completed. Adrienne's husband established the Adrienne Shelly Foundation, a non-profit organization that will award film school scholarships and grants to women filmmakers.

After seeing the movie I could not get this song out of my head. The next morning I sat down and figured out the words and music as best I could remember. I did not remember perfectly so this song is my version.

My seven year old granddaughter Rose and I have been singing it together and it has inspired my grandson Sage and I to envision a special pie that we made on our yearly family reunion. (The "can't get enough chocolate... whupped cream... strawberries" grandchildren & Granpa Pie)

This song would go will with a class or home project to make your own desert with strawberries and hearts. It is a song about the power of love and comfort food made with love that we can all relate too.

You might like to hear a recording of Rose and I singing the "Pie Song" in our living room. (When she sings real loud she says she is trying to sound like "a whole children's chorus". Let us know what you think)

The Pie Song
Baby don't you cry, gonna make a pie,
gonna make a pie with a heart in the middle.
Baby don't be blue, gonna make for you,
gonna make a pie with a heart in the middle.
Gonna make a pie from heaven above,
gonna fill it up with strawberry love.
Baby don't you cry, gonna make a pie,
all my love for you in the middle of my heart.
I like to add verses replacing the words with...
"La, La, La, La" or "Do, Do, Do, Do", or a hand kazoo sound.
when the kids were going on a field trip to a little farm
we added changed the words to
"Moo, Moo, Moo, Moo" and "Baa, Baa, Baa, Baa"
The kids loved it!

The BAM Folk Music Class - End of Year Presentation

The BAM Folk Music Class kids were pretty excited about the video that they shared with the BAM families at the year end Presentations... Here is a video of some what that they thought of the videos..

and here are a couple of the videos they shared...

April 18, 2017

Alleluia! The Great Storm is Over!

So this past week was Easter and Passover... when I asked the kids what was the meaning of "PASSOVER" one of them said... "FREEDOM"  So we went on to talk about what Freedom is and how we can "live into it" and share it with others...

Then I taught them the quote of Dr. Martin Luther King... "The moral arc of the universe is long but it bends towards justice." telling them that we have a FAITH that there is a Justice we are all trying to achieve even with it is hard to believe justice can happen, (I think they have no problem believing in a justice-come but it is hard for us adults.)

So here are a few videos introducing a new song for the holy time of Passover and Easter...

March 25, 2017

SUMMERTIME - and the living is easy...+ the Hoppy Birdy Song

The Winter BAM folk music class was on fire today! 
We share with you this tune from Porgy and Bess... 

AND... we learned a new Happy Birthday Song 
that we want to share with you as well.
Hoppy Birdy to You!

December 26, 2016

Blue Skies.. Jefferson Folk Music Class

So I have been introducing our kids to some new. old, music. Blue Skies is a favorite. I like how it makes them feel to sing it. They worked a couple of week on our background for their song... These are my third graders... 

September 23, 2016

Lawrence Hall Field Trip Song

So here we are, starting a new year of Folk Music Classes a Jefferson. We did a little singing today and thought you like to see a bit of what we are up to... more to come.

March 12, 2016

Singing Bob Marley & Character Development

I love my new class at Jefferson this Winter/Spring. Today we worked on a couple of Bob Marley songs. These were both recorded from my perspective. Both of these songs are very encouraging and hopeful. I think learning songs like these lift us up in times of trouble. What great tools to give to our kids as they make their way in the world as gifts and blessings, As always... enjoy!