The texts for this cycle were found in the University Daily Kansan newspaper’s “Free-For-All” section, in which readers anonymously submit short impressions of their day. Amid the rather ordinary rants about exams and raves about the local bar scene were these seven “snapshots” of life, which seemed to naturally leap from words to music. They are designed to go together as a cycle or to be used as memorable encore pieces. Each song in this set is dedicated to one of my mother’s seven brothers. They are my advisers and my playmates, my teachers and my friends. And they can always make me laugh.
Voice (high, medium and low keys available) and Piano
Texts from the University Daily Kansan Newspaper, used by permission
Vocal Range: High Key: C4-A5, Medium Key: B-flat3-G5, Low Key: G3-E5
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Crocodiles are ornery cuz they got all them teeth and no toothbrush.
Rain brings out all the strange things people do to avoid it.
3. Sneaky Squirrels
To the nineteen squirrels who are sitting in a circle on my front lawn: What are you planning?
4. A Simple Request
I really wish my friends would stop talking about their babies. I hate babies!
5. Turtle Fence
A turtle fence is exactly what you think it is. It is a fence that keeps turtles from getting hit by cars.
6. Tuesdays and Thursdays
The best part of my Tuesdays and Thursdays is getting to talk to you on the bus.
7. Spoiler Alert!
Nutcracker Spoiler Alert! The Rat King dies.