Yes, I re-wrote the verses to make them more kid-friendly!
The song is by Carol Johnson, but while her lyrics in the choruses make for lovely hand motions, the beautiful verses she wrote do not make good hand motions. This causes the kids to lose interest during the verses.
So, I re-wrote words in the verses so the kids could do hand motions to them.
My music video shows the original chorus hand motions and the new verses hand motions which I re-wrote.
I hope you like it, and more importantly I hope this new version keeps your kids interested even during the verses!
May’s Song of the Month: The Moose Song (There Was A Great Big Moose)
Yes, the sound at the beginning is an actual recording of a real moose.
This is a public domain chanting song of unknown origin that grew out of the scouting/camping song tradition that would have a song leader and participation from the group of campers. Like all camp chant/songs, there are many different versions of the song and the hand motions that go with it.
The above music and arrangement is mine. I have taken melody, lyrics and hand motions from various other versions to put together what would work best for my live audiences.
Some really good kids songs are tough to perform for a live audience of kids. I am very happy to announce that this “Moose” song of the month is actually a good performance song for the summer.
It is a call and response song, as well as a “do what I do,” song, similar to, Going On A Bear Hunt, So, I will need backup vocalists to pull it off and hopefully Ashlen or Mikayla will be able to join me for this summer’s performances so we can do this one!
My favorite part the song is the doo-wop style backing vocals but I think I can perform the song without backing tracks if Ashlen or Mikayla are with me. I may put together a backing track version for my solo performances.
Since the hand motions are an intricate part of this song, I hope to get a video up for you soon.
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I wrote this song to celebrate counting, fitness, and dance. It is a hi energy-speed-up version complete with a cool-down at the end.
A ton of fun for parents and kids at home or for students and teachers in the classroom. Whether you need a break from homework or just an excuse to get up and dance, you’ll be laughing, smiling and feeling re-energized by the end.
An extra special Thank-You-Shout-Out to the All Saints All-Stars First Grade Music Class for making this video so much fun! I love you guys!