Christoph Maubach introduces a song based on a poem:
The Light house by. Myles McLeod Llwyngwril, Wales 2010
Through the icy moonless mist
A slice of radar ray clarity
Circle of warning
To guide us home
Myles McLeod Llwyngwril, Wales 2010
- The ideas shared here can work for online or face-to-face situations.
- You can create hand movements interpreting the images which the Lighthouse poem evokes.
- Starting points for creative movements could be two hands in opposite corners of the screen.
- Find different hand movements for words such as ‘A beat’, ‘A Beam’ and others.
- Listen to and watch the Lighthouse song with Ukulele and hand movements.
- Here is a link to the YouTube version of the Lighthouse Song with Ukulele and movement. It has been created with a software tool called Easy Virtual Choir.
- If you wish to sing along with this YouTube version mute yourself and sing along.
- Sing along with the song and add hand movements.
- You could also sing with sol-fa syllables or on doo, doo, doo.
- In a face-to-face situation create more whole-body movements to the song.
- You could also have one group of participants sing as the other group creates movements to the images of the song.
- Extension activity: Remember the movements that I shared for the different lines of the song?
- What line belongs to my movements? I will show you some movements for a particular line of the song, you have to sing the melody that belongs to my movement. For instance, if I show the ‘storm movements’ with my arms, you have to sing, ‘…I help the ships on a stormy night’.
- Try this with other phrases as well.
- Consider creating untuned percussion ostinati for the song.
- What instrument(s) may fit the depiction of the beam of the lighthouse?
- What instrument(s) may fit the musical depiction of the arrival of a storm?
- What will it sound like when the storm arrives from the distance and then comes closer?
- What does it sound like when the storm is moving away?
- We listen to an excerpt – about one minute – of Tchaikovsky’s ‘The Storm’, Op. 76 (an Overture in E minor).
- Can you listen very carefully to find out when the large waves are rolling in? The music shows us quite clearly when this big wave is rolling in.
- What kind of hand movements would you create to show a large wave rolling in and then petering out?