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Kat Fulton just recently asked me how I dealt with copyright issues for this cover song, and I thought you might want to be let in on the resource I use, too.  Copyright laws can be complicated and confusing…I don’t even pretend to understand them all. But what I do know is that there is an EASY and LEGAL way to not only record, but also share and sell song covers.

How to Share & Sell Cover Songs

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Friday Fave: Here Comes the Sun

Picture of the Sun

You’d think that by this point in April, I’d have already enjoyed quite a few sunny days here in central Illinois…but unfortunately, that hasn’t been the case.  Although we’ve been spared the terrible storms and tornadoes that have devastated many other states, this spring will NOT go down in my book as a pleasant one, weather-wise.

But I’m hopeful that will change as we approach May, and this morning’s sunny sky is a good sign.  It comes at an especially good time, because my family is weathering some cloudy skies as we prepare to say goodbye to my husband’s grandmother, who suffered a stroke last week and is now in hospice.  But we’re thankful for her long, happy life (she’s 92) and all that she did for her family — especially my husband, to whom she was especially close.

Sunny days are a nice reminder of all the good things to come, like summer vacation, my birthday, weddings, and lazy days by the pool (though I don’t get as many of those as I used to).  Just a little over a month until I get to enjoy all four!

Sunny days also give my students and I an opportunity to sing the “Sunny Day” weather song!  Since it hasn’t happened often so far this year, we make the most out of every chance we get to do so.  Today is one of those days:

Sun-sun-sunny day, lalalalala,
Sun-sun-sunny day, yes sir!
Look outside and what do you see?
The sun is shining down on me.
Sun-sun-sunny day, lalalalala,
Sun-sun-sunny day!

The air is warm, and the sky is blue.
A beautiful day for me and you.

Sun-sun-sunny day, lalalalala,
Sun-sun-sunny day, yes sir!
Look outside and what do you see?
The sun is shining down on me.
Sun-sun-sunny day, lalalalala,
Sun-sun-sunny day!

I hope your Friday is shaping up to be as beautiful as mine promises to be. Thank you so much for sharing part of it with me!

The Rainbow Connection

The Rainbow Connection

When I was little, I’d sit in front of the TV on Saturday mornings just waiting for the music video of Kermit the Frog singing “The Rainbow Connection” to come on.  From the first time I heard it, that song had a special place in my heart…and it still does.

“The Rainbow Connection” can be heard frequently inside the Music Therapy Connections studio, because I assign it to many of my beginning voice students.  One such student is Grace, who did an absolutely beautiful job with this song.  Although she’s only 10 years old, she could fool you with her big voice:

Another version I have absolutely fallen in love with is by jazz singer Jane Monheit, which you can listen to here. (Actually, she could record herself singing the phonebook and I’d buy it.)

Are you a fan of this song, too? I know I wasn’t the only little girl singing along with Kermit at the top of my lungs way back when…

Slow & Steady Wins the Race

Slow and Steady Wins the Race

I have a piano student who would like nothing more than to dive right into each piece, skipping all the intermediate steps and playing both hands together the first time he lays eyes on it. This, of course, causes lots of frustration for him (and me).

“Slow and steady” is a term I’m always using with him, and it applies to many of my other students, as well. Piano pieces aren’t mastered in a day, nor are music therapy goals achieved in a single session.

This song is one I wrote specifically for tone blocks, but my intention is that while my kiddos sing and play along, they are also internalizing the value of going “slow and steady” across settings and situations.

Slow and steady,
Slow and steady,
Ring-a-ding-ding. Ring-a-ding-ding.

Hear the pretty sound,
Echo all around,
Ring-a-ding-ding. Ring-a-ding-ding.

Slow and steady,
Slow and steady,
La-la-la-la-la. La-la-la-la-la.

Hear the pretty sound,
Echo all around,
La-la-la-la-la. La-la-la-la-la.

Slow and steady,
Slow and steady,
Ting-a-ling-a-ling. Ting-a-ling-a-ling.

Hear the pretty sound,
Echo all around,
Ting-a-ling-a-ling. Ting-a-ling-a-ling.

I’m sure you recognized the piggybacked tune, which has quite a calming effect on especially energetic groups (like my Church Mice). I also adapted this song for drums, changing the word sounds to “rum-pum-pum, pum”, “thump, thump, thump”, and “boom, boom, boom”.

As much as I love an upbeat song — and that is apparent if you go through my song collection — it’s always nice to take a breather. What are your favorite “slow and steady” tunes?

Studio Renovation: Progress Update #3

Studio Renovation Update

Please note that this is NOT a picture of my new waiting room.  But these ARE the new couches I just purchased for it…minus the horribly patterned pillows (yuck!).

This past Saturday, my mom and I went shopping with the goal of finding the perfect waiting room furniture.  You know when you have a mental picture of what you’re looking for, but you’ve never actually seen it?  Well I had that mental picture, and I did in fact find the actual version of it in this sofa/loveseat combo.

However, we both absolutely despised the pillows that came with it, so try to ignore them in the picture above.  Luckily, Amanda Ellis at More With Music has offered to make pillows for me!  Not only that, but the Music Therapy Tween, Michelle Erfurt, is making some cute beanbag chairs for my little ones.  Have I mentioned how much I love my fellow music therapy bloggers? :)

My new furniture is being delivered on May 9, so I’ll soon have some pictures of them in my actual waiting room to share with you.  I’m still hunting for a coffee table of some sort, but I think I’ll wait to see how much room is left after the sofas are in place.

So what do you think?  And if you have any decorating ideas that would complement them (along with the new flooring and yellow walls – here are some pictures to refresh your memory), let me know!

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