Winter Music

Winter music

Hello Musicos! Before spring gets here, here is some Winter Music inspo for you.

Recently, I wrote and composed five original songs for a KS2 stage adaptation of Shakespeare’s The Tempest, and took inspiration from a wide range of genres – from Film Music, to Pop, to Musical Theatre. Can you hear the inspiration behind each song?

These songs were so much fun to write!

The play is full of magic, mystery and intrigue. It also deals with good verses evil, anger verses forgiveness, darkness verses light.

The Island Won’t Forget. This is an introduction song, hinting at something sinister on the horizon coming to invade the tranquil, magical island where Prospero, his daughter and lots of other magical beings live.

Where Is Everybody. This song depicts the mounting chaos and confusion that ensues after the royal shipwreck.

Though Liest. The song is all about the darkness now descending on the island and everyone on it, due to past evils resurfacing.

Pray You Now. This song is about Prospero’s internal contemplations, the thoughts inside his mind. He considered whether he should forgive and forget the past wrongs made against him. The music is inspired by the Elizabethan style of music, which was the contemporary popular music during Shakespeare’s lifetime.

Lastly, Epilogue. This song is a retelling of all the lessons learnt throughout the play. There are many Shakespearian paraphrases as well as quotes from the original Epilogue from The Tempest. It also includes one of my favourite Shakespeare quotes (taken from a different play, but still!). The quote goes: And If Music Be The Food Of Love – Play On!

Next, winter music – some old instrumental compositions of mine:

While training for my Dalcroze Eurhythmics Certificate (dalcroze), over 10 years ago now, I composed Icy Snow 2. This is an instrumental piece to go with Plastique Anime choreography, where each instrumental part is followed, interpreted and depicted by a different performer through creative movement.

Creative Challenge: You can choose a part and try to follow it while dancing or moving creatively!

Soon after that, I wrote two more compositions: Rain and Bronzalactic. These pieces were inspired by a compositional tool called ostinato (and in plural ostinati), that uses short repeated patterns.

Creative Challenge: Compose a piece of music and use repeated musical patterns (ostinati) throughout your piece.

See you soon and keep warm!

Want to hear more? For some spooky tunes, check out our Halloween post.

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

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.

Extinct Animals

 

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

The Great Auk – Song No. 10

Hello music and animal lovers!

The Great Auk is the penultimate (before last) Extinct Animal Song, and next week will be the last song for this project (it’s actually a bonus track!).

But don’t be too sad, there will be another Daphodil Music project on very soon.

Please get in touch to become a Daphodil Music singer and be a part of the new exciting musical programme!

The solo this week is sung by (then) 5 year old Biba. If you listen right to the end you will hear another solo, by 6 year old Ruby, which is sung acapella-  that means with no musical accompaniment.

Did you know?

The Great Auk was a large flightless bird from the penguin species. It had very small wings which is why it couldn’t fly, but it was an excellent swimmer and spent lots of time in the waters of the North Atlantic.

They became extinct because humans used to hunt them for their meat, skin, beaks and eggs until there were none left.

Lyrics

I am skating on the ice,
Auk the great is by my side.
I am skating by the sea,
Auk the great won’t you stay with me?

La, la, la…

See you next week for the final Extinct Animal Song – the bonus track! 

The Woolly Mammoth – Song No. 9

Hello everyone!

The Woolly Mammoth song is sung by two wonderful 6 year old soloists – Ruby and Freya.
The lyrics (below) were written by three Daphodil Music singers: Biba, Isobel and Tallulah.

Check out The Woolly Mammoth Clip – of the Daphodil Music singers rehearsing before recording the song:

The Mammoth is the extinct ancestor of the elephant, and scientists were able to find out many facts about the ancient mammoths thanks to the fact that mammoths lived in cold and icy climates. Frozen mammoths were preserved in the ice in different places around the world and then found and studied. You can a mammoth’s huge skeleton at the Natural History Museum.

Did you also know

Woolly Mammoths had very long bushy hair to help keep themselves warm in the freezing climate  which is why they are called woolly mammoths. They also had extremely long tusks, that grew up to 5 meters!

  

Lyrics by Biba, Isobel and Tallulah

Verse

It’s a very big surprise
That he didn’t survive.
With fur so brown and tusks so white –
He’s always warm and safe in the night.

Chorus

An ancestor to the elephant
He’s ten times bigger than you
The Woolly Mammoth is gone because
He became extinct too!

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See you next week for another Extinct Animal Song!