I first heard this song sung by CMNer Lisa Atkinson on the memorial CD given to members after her untimely death a few years back. Lisa’s voice was irresistible and made this charming, upbeat song a favorite of mine. After a little research, I learned it was written by Canadian singer/songwriter Connie Kaldor. You can hear it and more of her songs here.
This is one of those songs young children love to sing, like Woody Guthrie’s This Land is Your Land. Hard to pinpoint exactly what about these songs makes them so singable, but my guess is that a catchy melody, lyrics that resonant and make sense to young ones, and, of course, the enthusiasm of the teacher/conductor/performer help.
In class and in concert, I introduce this song by reciting my poem “First You Take the Seed,” in which everyone mimes planting seeds and growing flowers. Then I sing If You’ve Got the Sun acapella, adding easy movements to the song. Afterwards, I add my ukulele confident that the matching movements and repetitive lyrics will enable young ones sing along with the musical accompaniment. I’m happy to report that this is ALWAYS the case. It is a “sure-fire hit” in my experience. In fact, when I introduce the song each spring, older children remember it verbatim and will do the movements without much prompting from me.
It goes without saying, but I’ll say it anyway: I would not know this song if it were not for CMN. I would most likely not have heard Lisa Atkinson’s version were it not for CMN. Lastly, I would not have a forum to share this song and how I use it were it not for CMN!