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  • Week of June 15

    Posted by Lisa Gilman on 6/16/2020

    Hello, and welcome to our final week of school!  I would love nothing more than to be able to see all of you in person and playing the Wolf Game, King's Land, Music Hot & Cold, and Make Me Laugh during our music classes. Since we cannot do those activities in person, maybe you can teach them to your families!

    If you can meet online with friends, try the Wolf Game and see who moves first after giving a signal, such as a clap or saying "now!"  Maybe for King's Land, you can click your thumbs-up button to stay safe, and the last person to click it is out.  In Music Hot & Cold, you could look for an item you see on a friend's screen and sing a song for him/her to tag (the closer the guesser is, the louder you sing).  Make Me Laugh: you have 30 seconds to make a friend smile or laugh (all screens must be on for this one.... no cheating!).

    Our Talent Show received a lot of responses. We are hoping to share it on Wednesday evening (time to be determined). I don't think it will be shared live; rather, we will send a link out, and you can watch it at your own convenience.

    I want to thank everyone for their support and patience as we have all been navigating unchartered waters these past few months and have adapted to a whole new way of learning (and teaching). I promise to practice with music sites over the summer, so I will be better able to reach even more friends and continue to share amazing music with you all!

    As for our wonderful friends who are leaving Cottage Street School....

    Farewell Song


    Have a safe and wonderful summer, and keep singing!

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  • Imagine....

    Posted by Lisa Gilman on 6/8/2020

    Good morning!

    I hope you are all doing well and staying healthy.  I have really enjoyed hearing from you and letting me know what you think of the activities I have shared with you.

    Going in a slightly different direction, I want to share the following links with you. Three songs came to my mind as I learned of the horrible events that are taking place within our country.  In so many cases, my mind turns to music when trying to cope with almost incomprehensible situations.

    The first one is from the Black Eyed Peas, singing the song "Where Is the Love?" (lyrics only). I remember when this song first came out and was struck by the message: 



    This second piece is a song I sang when I was a music major at the University of New Hampshire. My choir director, Dr. Howard, inspired  in me an appreciation and love for spirituals. The link below takes you to an arrangement of "Precious Lord, Take My Hand." I do not post this here for any religious purposes; I post it because it's a beautiful piece:



    Finally, a lot of you will probably know the song "Imagine" by John Lennon. The song was released in 1971, and it is as powerful today as it was then. So many people interpret the song in so many ways, looking at the lyrics from various standpoints.  When I listen to it, I hear a gentle melody and a voice asking me to imagine a world of people living in peace:


    I hope you enjoy these songs as much as I do and can find comfort in the music and their messages. Have a wonderful week!


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