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Songwriting

When your double-major is Music and Anatomy

Posted on 2007.07.01 at 11:37
Current Mood: creative
Current Music: Do, Re, Mi - from The Sound of Music
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.

Comments:


(Anonymous) at 2007-07-09 04:06 (UTC) (Link)
The Good Sister must not have known the last line to The Pussy Willow Song. Sung to a descending scale:

Mew, mew, mew, mew, mew, mew, mew, mew.

(And then this exclamation)

SCAT!
Chuck
charlesofcamden at 2007-07-09 05:55 (UTC) (Link)
Yes! Thank you kindly - I knew it had a descending scale tag, but I couldn't remember quite how it went.
beth_green
beth_green at 2007-08-28 15:44 (UTC) (Link)

I picked this entry to comment on ...

Hi there!

I might have considered 'I was bored' as the subject line for this note, but after reading your journal entries subsequent to this one, I decided to use something else.

I was browsing a site called LOLcats (I Can Has Cheezburger) after reading this article http://online.wsj.com/article/SB118798557326508182.html
While I found the pictures amusing, the thought occurred to me, 'Chuck can do better.' After reading the above article and another it referred to, I'm slightly less bothered by the wholesale slaughter of the English language aided and abetted by the Internet.

As a retired Catholic I had to point out the correct spelling of Adorata. Here's something I cribbed courtesy of Google: "Adorata means the one who is adored and refers to people's passionate devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary." Personally, I think it's kind of scary that a nun would presume to adopt the title for herself, but then a lot of those old nuns were scary.

The pussy willow song was taught to me by our mother. She assisted me in plinking out the notes on the piano. She also sang a doggie equivalent, as follows:

I know a little doggie
He doesn't have a tail
He isn't very fuzzy
He's skinny as a rail
*I wish I knew the next line*
He never makes a sound
You buy him at the meat shop
For thirty cents a pound.
Bow-wow-bow-wow-bow-wow-bow-wow.
Hot dog!

I hope to see you at Thanksgiving. The past few Thanksgivings, the family has been a bit scattered. Art and I (and Aunt Irma) go to Pat & Helene's. Dan and Nancy have their own family celebration. Jim & Ellen do their usual feeding of all comers. Let me know where you're going to dine, as depending on the weather I'll drive on over in my new old car, a shiny blue sporty 2003 Sunfire with only 35,000 miles.

Now that I've made you thoroughly bored, I'll sign off.

'Bye!









Chuck
charlesofcamden at 2007-08-29 04:03 (UTC) (Link)

Re: I picked this entry to comment on ...

Thanks for the update on the correct spelling of Adorata. I knew there was a musical scale song about a dog, but I couldn't remember more than a few lines of it, so thanks for filling in that blank as well! I will do what I can to get around on Thanksgiving weekend, though my lack of a driver's license will figure in that. Still, I'm hoping I get a chance to see everyone. Thanks for popping in!
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