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Saints Go Marching In

Bob’s Favorite Sing Along Songs

This acclaimed collection–thought of by Bob as the Great American Songbook for children–encourages singing and creative play with early childhood favorites like If You’re Happy and You Know It, Little Light of Mine, and Sing…Sing a Song. Each song is presented in vocal and instrumental versions, letting kids choose if they want to sing along with Bob or on their own. With “first class musicianship, sophisticated arrangements and Bob’s warm, expressive vocals” (Family Choice Award), Bob’s Favorite Sing Along Songs is perfect for early childhood classrooms, in-school performances, and for you and your kids in the car. Full lyrics included.

Ideas For Teachers about how to use this CD in the classroom.

N.Y. Library Recommendation

slide1-captionWinner! 2013 Parents’ Choice Classic Award

2014-FCA-LogoWinner! 2014 Family Choice Award

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Track Listing

Instrumental tracks follow each song.

1. If You’re Happy and You Know It
2. When the Saints Go Marching In
3. Little Light of Mine
4. One Finger One Thumb
5. Wheels on the Bus
6. Sing When the Spirit Says Sing
7. Ha, Ha, This-A-Way
8. Put Your Finger in the Air
9. Hokey Pokey
10. Skinamarink
11. My Dog Rags
12. Looby Loo
13. Little Wheel A Turning in My Heart
14. He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands
15. Sing…Sing a Song

Praise

  • “…the world is just a little better place because of the wonderful music of Bob McGrath.”

     

     

    Parents’ Choice Classic Award
  • “Who doesn’t love Bob! There is no doubt this is one of those timeless CDs that will be played over and over again.”

    Academics' Choice Award
  • “Features…first class musicianship, sophisticated arrangements and Bob’s warm, expressive vocals.”

    Family Choice Award
  • “A must-have for every collection.”

    School Library Journal

Reviews and Related Materials

AMAZON REVIEWS

“I bought this because I always loved it when Bob sang on Sesame Street. I needed a CD that had the instrumental version as well as vocals. Most of the songs will be great to use in class.” - Pre-school Music Teacher, Charlotte, North Carolina

“After 60-plus years of singing and performing, Bob’s voice is just as you remember it – a clear, strong tenor that bends to the necessary emotions of the moment.” – Jeffrey, New York

A WORD FROM BOB

The idea to record a group of sing-along songs, with and without my vocals, came from teachers. Every year, I speak at a number of national workshops for teachers where I talk about the importance of music in the classroom. I hear about the challenges teachers are facing today with the Common Core and the difficulties of finding time to make music with their students. I also find out some wonderful ways in which teachers are keeping music alive. On this site, I plan to share some of their ideas with you.

A number of times teachers have said to me, “We love all your songs, you have a beautiful voice, but we would really like to have the songs without your voice.” The first few times I heard this, I simply smiled and said, “Great idea.” But at some point, I realized that it really was a great idea and decided to do it. I looked back at my previous sing-along CDs, Sing Along With Bob, Vol I & Vol II, and got to work.

Fortunately, when we recorded those albums we took the time to do another take or two with just the band. I started listening to the band tracks and remembered how great all those fantastic Toronto studio musicians were and what a fun time we all had recording 60 or more songs. I chose 15 songs from that collection for Bob’s Favorite Sing Along Songs.

Since releasing the CD, I have received wonderful and rewarding comments like, “It’s great, I can download the band tracks and use them in performances with my students.” Parents have written to me saying that they’re great fun at home and on the road. Instead of handing their child an electronic device in the car, they are now singing together. Parents also tell me that their children feel very smart when they perform songs by themselves that they’ve learned with me. A music teacher wrote and said it was a nice idea because it is often difficult for a child to sing with a voice that is an octave lower than their natural voice. The music tracks without my vocals are helping children find their own voice.

I like to think of these classic songs as the Great American Songbook for children. There are many wonderful new songs being written by so many outstanding children’s artists today, but there is something very special about sharing the songs you grew up with, the classics, with your children.

I invite you to have fun singing with (or without) Bob!

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