Halloween Music

It’s our favourite spooky time of the year! Here are some scary tunes to get your blood bubbling and bones rattling…

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By Eliya, age 6

First a throwback to 2017, when we composed these creepy tunes for Absolute Radio and their short film Morning Gory. Check out our apocalyptic zombie song Morning Gory – a perfect creepy addition to your Halloween playlist! Sing along using the lyrics below…

Featuring Udi Glaser‘s epic zombie slaying guitar shredding.

Morning Gory Lyrics:
The earth is churning and the graves begin to shake,
Our world undone as the apocalypse awakes.
The dread fills the morning,
Gory sights as the day is dawning and the undead rise,
I wanna run but I am frozen is there no one
to stop the end from closing in?

And the night is dark but the Morning Gory
How will we survive this horror story?

How long can living dwell as death spreads all around,
It’s not the terrors of the night that drag us down!
When first light falls and shadows crawl,
All hope is gone but through it all,
The fighting will not cease till all
Is consumed by hell’s fire.

And the night is dark but the Morning Gory
How will we survive this horror story?

To the blood red sky I lift my eyes
See the living dead I’m paralysed with fear.

And the night is dark but the Morning Gory
How will we survive this horror story?
And the night is dark but the Morning Gory
How will we survive this horror story?

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Next, a simple theme & variation for piano, which I composed for my Dalcroze Eurhythmics Certificate exam back in 2010, inspired by legendary John Williams’ beautiful Hedwig’s Theme from Harry Potter, (because Halloween is not Halloween without a little Harry Potter magic):

The different variations include playing the main theme in the bass line, changing from a minor to a major key, tempo changes, rhythmic and duration changes, mood changes, use of tremolo and more. How many can you hear?

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Composing variations on a musical theme you love is such a fun exercise – give it a go!

Finally, here is our Halloween Playlist, with all our favourite dark tunes…enjoy!

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All art by Eliya, age 6

Happy Halloween!

Daphne, Daphodil Music

Remote Choir Tracks

Since March, it has sadly not been possible to sing all together in groups and choirs. BUT that doesn’t stop true music and singing adorers! The internet has been abundant with so many wonderful examples of how music can bring people together, even when they are physically apart. All you need is a backing track, a pair of headphones and a way to record yourself singing from home and – a virtual choir is born!

Here are some of the tracks I have put together during this time, homages to the wonderful music of the Beatles ad Leonard Cohen! The vocal tracks I made were what the singers followed, and the remote choir tracks are made up of recordings made by the singers from their homes. Technology can be such an incredible tool. All singers in KS2.

Singing will get us through these hard times! Sing safely, sing joyfully, and share it with someone you love.

Take care out there.

A Planet Full Of Plastic 2020

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Hello music and planet lovers! We hope you have been safe and well during this very strange time. Remember, music and singing are proven to make you feel happier and healthier, so we hope you’ve been doing lots of those recently.

This year Daphodil Music has had the privilege of collaborating once again with WIRRAL SCIENCE UNDER THE STARS on their 2020 film titled — ‘A Planet Full Of Plastic (and how we can help)’.  This is a unique conservation film about reducing the use of single-use plastic, inspired by Neal Layton’s book (affiliate link), which shares the same title.

Watch the film A Planet Full Of Plastic here:

It was an honour to compose the theme song A Planet Full Of Plastic for this important project with its urgent message that affects us all. Our planet is crying out to us and we need to listen and pay attention. What can you do to help the planet and spread the message? Sing! Listen to our song A Planet Full Of Plastic and sing along using the lyrics below. Save the planet by singing and making music! What could be more fantastic than that?

A Planet Full Of Plastic

A Planet Full Of Plastic – Backing Track

A Planet Full Of Plastic – Performance Track

A Planet Full Of Plastic – Lyrics:

Verse 1:
You and me, we need to be,
Thinking about the world we live in.
Full of tree and birds and bees,
Rivers and streams and lots of people.
We fill our homes with things, and lots of them are made of plastic,
Like bottles, toys and clothes, it really is fantastic but it –
Doesn’t biodegrade, doesn’t rot, break down or disappear,
It stays around – that isn’t great, endangering life both far and near!

Chorus:
HELP US SAVE THE EARTH!
Help us find an answer to this problem that we have,
Plastic is filling our world,
And it’s the only home we have, it’s the only home that we have.
HELP US SAVE THE EARTH!
Help us find an answer to this problem that we have,
Plastic is filling our world, (our seas, our oceans deep)
And it’s the only home we have, it’s the only home that we have.

Verse 2:
You and me, we need to be,
Thinking about the world we live in.
A paradise of wildlife,
The magic of nature all around us.
But if we don’t act now, we’ll have a planet full of plastic –
Find clever ways to help reduce, reuse recycle plastic, ’cause it –
Doesn’t biodegrade, doesn’t rot, break down or disappear,
It stays around – that isn’t great, endangering life both far and near!

Chorus:
HELP US SAVE THE EARTH!
Help us find an answer to this problem that we have,
Plastic is filling our world,
And it’s the only home we have, it’s the only home that we have.
HELP US SAVE THE EARTH!
Help us find an answer to this problem that we have,
Plastic is filling our world, (our seas, our oceans deep)
And it’s the only home we have, it’s the only home that we have.

Repeat chorus and clap to the beat

Repeat chorus with harmonies:

We won’t give up!
We’ll act, speak up!
We won’t give up!
We’ll sing and shout!

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Drawing by Eliya (age 5)

Click here to watch the brilliant ‘A Planet Full Of Plastic (and how we can help)’ and keep the music and the planet alive by singing, making music and spreading this important message! See you soon for more musical delights!

Daphne, Daphodil Music

Extinct Is Forever Film 2019

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Hello music and animal lovers! It’s been a while since Daphodil Music’s last post. However, our music has lived on! Lately, some of the Daphodil Music’s Extinct Animal Songs have been featured in the WIRRAL SCIENCE UNDER THE STARS 2019 film titled — ‘Extinct is Forever’.

Watch here:

What a pleasure to see and hear so many children singing and enjoying our Extinct Animal Songs. Well done to everyone involved in the singing, we are very proud of you and are equally proud to be a part of your film and its poignant message! Save the animals and the planet by singing! What could be more fantastic than that?

Click here to watch the brilliant Extinct is Forever and keep the music and the animals alive by listening to our songs here. See you soon for more musical delights!

Daphne

Musical Bumps: Pregnancy Musical Sessions in Crouch End, Spring/Summer 2014

Sing to your bump and newborn – join the musical fun!

Daphodil Music is launching “Musical Bumps” – a series of sessions for pregnant women who would like to add more music and singing into their daily pregnancy routine. It is widely thought that vocalising and singing to your unborn baby is extremely beneficial for you, your baby, your partner and the early bond you are creating with each other. An unborn baby’s hearing begins developing early and is fully functional by the third trimester, so getting comfortable with singing and communicating verbally with your baby can never start too early. It is also an amazing and essential skill you will take forward after birth and throughout parenthood and a great way to cultivate your baby’s musicality and love of music. Plus, it’s good fun!

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The sessions will include learning a variety of songs and ways of vocalising that can be used ‘in utero’ as well as after your baby is born, getting comfortable with using the voice to communicate with your bump and newborn, listening to a range of calming music from different genres while rhythmically massaging your bump and exploring different gentle soothing sounds for you and your baby to enjoy together.

 

The sessions will be held in Crouch End by Daphne Sarnat, a fully qualified music teacher and certified Early Years Music practitioner (and also in her third trimester at the moment).

Times and dates TBC and can be suited to participants’ preferences.

If you are interested in joining please get in touch via email or text.

Daphne@daphodil-music.co.uk  

07527577308

Hope to see you and your bump soon!

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Daphodil Music Choir Performance – 16th June

Dear followers,

Don't Forget Them

The Daphodil Music singers will have their first performance on Sunday 16th June 2013 at 1pm outside the Crouch End Old Town Hall, as part of the Crouch End Festival Family Day Picnic.

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They shall be singing a selection of songs from both The Extinct Animal Songs project and The Magical Creature Songs project.

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The choir participants are: Biba, Dylan, Esther, Flo, Freya, Hannah, Hannah, Ruby, Sophie, Tallulah and Tara.

We would be delighted to see you there!

Listen to the Extinct Animal Songs and the Magical Creature Songs before hearing them live, sung by the same children who recorded them!

With excitement and anticipation,

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The Daphodil Music Singer’s Live Performance – what a hit!

They all sang their hearts out, were confident with their solos, sang into the mic and were all super duper awesome! Well done singers!

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I Can See Magic – Song No. 1

Dear music lovers,

We are very excited to introduce The Magical Creature Songs Project – Daphodil Music’s second singing project. This project is all about… yes, you guessed it – magical creatures.

I Can See Magic is the first song from the Magical Creature Songs project.

Sing along!
Lyrics:

Verse
Sometimes I see things that no-one can see except me,
I know it’s magic and I see because I believe.

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Up in the night sky I can see angels,
Even the dark cannot hide them.
And in my garden I can see fairies,
And I know it’s not just in my mind.
I have read books on dragons and ogres,
They’re far away but they are out there.
Witches and wizards walk all around us,
And I know they’re real because I feel them.

Verse
Sometimes I feel sad because my mum and my dad,
Can’t see these creatures of magic that make me so glad.

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Up in the night sky I can see angels,
Even the dark cannot hide them.
And in my garden I can see fairies,
And I know it’s not just in my mind.
I have read books on dragons and ogres,
They’re far away but they are out there.
Witches and wizards walk all around us,
And I know they’re real because I feel them.

Each week we will publish a new song from the Magical Creature Songs project, recorded by the lovely Daphodil Music singers from North London, between the ages 6-11.

Contact us to join in with Daphodil Music’s musical fun!

Until next week – keep believing in magic!

Music In The New Year

Well, it’s been busy – Music, music, music; Here is a taster:

Teaching The Elements Of Music: Who Said Boys Don’t Sing?

A few years ago during my Music PGCE I composed a catchy little tune to help my pupils remember the elements of music. I’ve been using it ever since, and it seems to be a success among my different classes (works for KS1, KS2 and even KS3*!). This recording (circa 2011) is by year 7 boys in an extremely underprivileged part of town, many of whom had not been in the UK for very long. They adore music though, bless ’em.

Teaching The Instruments Of The Orchestra: Chinese New Year

What better way to explore tuned and un-tuned percussion instruments than by improvising while playing them. Taking away the F and B keys from the xylophone/metallophone and leaving a pentatonic scale is a wonderful starting point for children to improvise, as they can easily make up their own Chinese inspired sounds on the spot. Add cymbals of different sizes and a double-sided drum and you’re on your way to China – Happy New Year and Gang Hay Fat Choy!

*KS = Key Stage (pupil age ranges)

Don’t Let Them (Go Anywhere) – Bonus Track

Dear listeners,

This is the final song from the Extinct Animal Songs project. It is all about Endangered Animals and as the song tells us, these are animals that are in danger of becoming extinct, so if we don’t care for them and help them to stay alive, they will disappear all together. You might be shocked to discover that some of your favourite animals are endangered and might not be around much longer unless we do something about it!

 

 

  

 

Check out the Don’t Let Them Video Clip for movements and actions that go with this song, created by the Daphodil Music Singers:

 

 

Lyrics:

We’ve got the panda, the tiger, the polar bear
Don’t let them go anywhere.
‘Cause if we let them they’ll never come back again,
And we will lose our animal friends!

The giant tortoise, the eagle, the albatross –
This is really making us cross.
‘Cause if we let them they’ll never come back again,
And we will lose our animal friends!

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Thank you to the Daphodil Music Singers for doing their bit to save all the lovely endangered species by co-writing this song and singing and spreading the message!

This is the end of this project, and we had a wonderful time singing, recording, dancing, drawing and making music come to life!

 

 

    

There will be a new project very soon – if you are interested in joining the musical fun please contact me today.

An enormous thank you to:

The Daphodil Music Singers for your beautiful voices and hard work
The Daphodil Music Parents for all your support
To Udi for orchestrating, arranging, recording and playing gorgeous guitars
To everyone out there who has been following – thanks and please keep sharing Daphodil Music with other music lovers!

See you soon,

Daphne x