“It’s A Lovely Day Today” By Irving Berlin on Tuneful Tuesday

When I was in elementary school, there was a teacher named Miss Warlin who sang to her students every single day. Everyone wanted to be in Miss Warlin’s class….especially me!

Though she was not the music teacher, she had a piano in her room and would teach her children uplifting songs to start their morning on a positive (musical) note. Down the hall, it seemed like music notes seemed to float out of her classroom at all times of the day! She was doing arts integration way before it as popular. Her melodic voice and the angelic voices of her students were featured every day on the morning announcements. Miss Warlin would sing show tunes like “Getting To Know You” from The King and I and “It’s A Lovely Day Today” from Call Me Madam . Though we were way too young to have ever seen these musicals, we fell in love with the songs because they made us feel special and happy. I recently reconnected with Miss Warlin thanks to Facebook. She still beautiful as ever; and even works at the same school over 25 years later!

Inspired by Miss Warlin,  I’ve recently added “It’s A Lovely Day Today” written by Irving Berlin to my performances.

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“It’s A Lovely Day Today” Lyrics

Written by Irving Berlin, 1950

It’s a lovely day today

So whatever you’ve got to do

You’ve got a lovely day to do it in, that’s true

And I hope whatever you’ve got to do

Is something that can be done by two

For I’d really like to stay

It’s a lovely day today

And whatever you’ve got to do

I’d be so happy to be doing it with you

But if you’ve got something that must be done

And it can only be done by one

There is nothing more to say

Except it’s a lovely day for saying

It’s a lovely day

 This song has become an American jazz standard sung by  greats like Ella Fitzgerald, Doris Day, Astrud Gilberto and more! Take a listen to my favorite version of “It’s A Lovely Day” performed by Ella Fitzgerald!

Lately,  I’ve noticed just as many grandparents attending shows with their grandchildren as I’ve seen parents and nannies. I find the grandparents tell me that they appreciate it when I introduce their beloved grandchildren to age appropriate American standards that they can enjoy together.  Thank you Irving Berlin; and of course, thank you Miss Warlin!

 

To purchase the sheet music, click here!

Do you have a favorite show tune or American jazz standard that you sing to your young audiences? If so, please share in the comments!

10 comments

  1. When I was teaching music to my elementary school students, I had a couple of songs I used to begin a class and put a smile on their faces and get them singing. One was ‘Put On A Happy Face’ and another was ‘My Favorite Things’. When I first began teaching, years ago, it was ‘Getting To Know You’.
    I think I would have really liked the teacher you spoke about:)

    1. Thank you for reminding me of these songs! “Getting To Know You” was one of my favorites too!

  2. Thanks for reminding me of this great tune and sharing Ella’s rendition 🙂

    1. Hooray Jane! Great music!

  3. Thank you for this! I work with young early learners and residents of the nursing home where I hold my classes. I love using popular standards, the children love them and the “Grands” sing along. I forgot about this one. One that has become a trademark for my class and shows is The Glory of Love by Billy Hill (favorite version is Jimmy Durante)

    1. Thank you so much for sharing!

  4. Jessica this is wonderful! Somehow this is a tune that I don’t know, so I’m on my way to learn it. What a perfect addition to kids’ shows, and a great mix with “What A Wonderful World.”

    1. I’m glad that you liked it!

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