Home Is Where The Heart Is
• Family (from Dreamgirls)
Music by Henry Krieger, lyrics by Tom Eyen, arranged by Mac Huff
• When You Wish Upon A Star (from Pinocchio)
Lyrics by Ned Washington, music by Leigh Harline
• T'ain't What 'Cha Do (It's the Way How 'Cha Do It)
Words by Sy Oliver, music by James Young, arranged by Kirby Shaw
• Home Is Where the Heart Is
Words and music by Sally Fingerett, arranged by J. David Moore
• Motherless Child Traditional Spiritual
arranged by Nancy Grundahl
• I Will Wind Thee (from Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream)
Music by Cary Ratcliff
• Over the Rainbow
Music by Harold Arlen, lyrics by E. Y. Harburg,
Performed by Vocal InFusion arranged by Russ Robinson
• Pride's Child
Words and Music by John Schrag, piano part written by Eric Helmuth
• Dindingolu Be Na (When the Children Come)
Words and music by Michael Coolen
• Hushaby Mountain (from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang)
Words and music by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman, arranged by Andy Beck
• Believe (from Polar Express)
Words and music by Glen Ballard and Alan Silvestri, arranged by Teena Chinn
• Ding-a Ding-a Ding
Words and music by Greg Gilpin. Performed by Vocal InFusion
• The Stove
Music by Zae Munn, texts by Ann Kilkelly
• For Good (from Wicked)
Music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz, arranged by Mac Huff
• Hattie and Mattie
Words and music by Eric Schwarts, with additional lyrics by Holly Near, arranged (as sung by Ms. Near) for RWC by Ruth Huber
About the music:
"Family," from the musical Dreamgirls, perfectly captures our theme for this concert. The lyrics describe a family as being so much more than the individuals that comprise it. A family is like a giant tree, branching out and growing stronger and wiser every day.
When You Wish Upon a Star
"When You Wish upon a Star" was written by Ned Washington and Leigh Harline and introduced in the 1940 Walt Disney movie Pinocchio, where it was sung by Cliff Edwards in the character of Jiminy Cricket. The song won the Academy Award for Best Original Song that year, and became a theme song for the Disney company. The American Film Institute ranked it seventh in their 100 Greatest Songs in Film History.
T'aint What 'Cha Do (It's the Way How 'Cha Do It)
"T'ain't What 'Cha Do" was written in 1939 by Sy Oliver and James Young for Jimmy Lunceford and his orchestra, and was recorded by Ella Fitzgerald soon after. The song takes a lighthearted look at a father's instructions to his child.
Home is Where the Heart Is
"Home is Where the Heart Is" was written by Sally Fingerett for the female quartet, The Bitchin' Babes, and was recorded on their first album in 1990. It has been recorded by Peter, Paul & Mary, and Holly Near & Ronnie Gilbert. In the song, Sally talks to her daughter about their neighbor, Martin, and his partner, Mark, who died of AIDS.
This spiritual dates back to the days of slavery. It expresses the sense of loneliness
and desolation felt by children who were sold at a young age and separated from their families.
I Will Wind Thee in my Arms
The text of this song is from Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream. In the play, a
magical spell caused a fairy named Titania to fall in love with Bottom, a man whose head had been changed into the head of an ass. This is a love song sung by Titania
Over the Rainbow (Vocal InFusion)
"Over the Rainbow" was named the number one song of the twentieth century by the Recording Industry Association of America. Generations of families have enjoyed Judy Garland's rendition of the song in The Wizard of Oz, and countless other artists have performed and recorded it.
John Schrag is a composer and serves as artistic director for Singing Out! The Lesbian and Gay Chorus of Toronto. His "Pride's Child" is a whimsical tribute to same-sex parents and their children.
DinDingolu Be Na (When the Children Come)
This joyful and rhythmic piece is from The Gambia, West Africa, and is written in English and Mandinka, the dominant language of the area. The words literally translate as: The children are coming. They are beautiful very much. They are good very much.
The beautiful lullaby "Hushabye Mountain" was written by brothers Robert and Richard Sherman and sung by Dick Van Dyke in the 1968 movie, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. More recently, Dakota Fanning sang it in the 2005 movie War of the Worlds.
"Believe" comes from the 2004 live action/ animated film The Polar Express. It was
nominated for Best Original Song at the Academy Awards, where it was sung by original performer Josh Groban and Beyoncé Knowles. The song won a Grammy Award in 2006.
Ding-a ding- a ding (VIF)
"Ding-a Ding-a Ding" is a brand new song by composer Greg Gilpin. The piece imitates the ring and sound of bells, reminding us of the holiday season.
The text of "The Stove" is from a story by Ann Kilkelly. It tells about the day her mother picked up a sledgehammer and pickax and pounded her kitchen stove into bits and served cold cuts to her Father for lunch. In the end, he got her a new stove. Kilkelly says this about her mother, "Her stove, her recipes, the women who helped her haul the thing to the dump and get home to get the surrogate lunch served on time, is part of my
own working-class kitchen childhood and my sense of where writing and performance and social change originate— around the cook stove, the soup pot, the table—those rooms women inhabit."
In the Broadway musical Wicked, Glinda and Elphaba sing this song together as they are seeing each other for the last time. While writing the lyrics for this song, composer and lyricist Stephen Schwartz looked to his daughter for inspiration, asking her what she would say to her lifelong best friend if she knew they would never see one another
Hattie and Mattie
Humorous folk singer/songwriter Eric Schwartz wrote "Hattie and Mattie" about his downstairs neighbors, two elderly lesbians who he calls "the founding mothers of the revolution." Holly Near recorded the song and made it popular in lesbian circles.
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