July 1st, 2007


When your double-major is Music and Anatomy

I hadn’t thought of this in a very long time, but someone said something the other day that brought it to mind. It’s a helpful and instructive little song I learned in the second grade. A bit of set-up is needed:

This came from our music teacher at St. Ignatius Elementary in Detroit. I never saw her name in print, but I’d guess it was spelled something like Sister Atarata, though at the time, the phonetic spelling I saw in my head was Odda-Rodda. In any case, I suppose it was a good rhythmic sort of name for a music teacher. One of the many songs she taught us was a little ditty for helping us to remember our musical scale; that is, the eight notes that make up “Do, Re, Mi, Fa, Sol, La, Ti, Do.” When singing the following 8-line song, simply use a repeated “Do” note for the first line, “Re” for the second line, and so on:

I have a little pussy
Her coat is silver grey
She lives out in the meadow
Not very far away
She’ll always be a pussy
She’ll never be a cat
For she’s a pussy willow
Now what do you think of that?

I don’t believe that one ever made it to “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood.” Clearly, it was a more innocent time.
  • Current Music
    Do, Re, Mi - from The Sound of Music