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.
“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!
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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!