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Dancing Through the Seasons With Joanie Calem

by Joanie Calem

Fun sing-along songs, some traditional folk with added lyrics, and some brand new, easy-to-learn songs, that will get children up and moving and pretending as they dance and sing their way through the four seasons and the changes that happen in nature.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Seasons Train
2:59 $0.99
2. The North Wind
1:46 $0.99
3. Wintertime
4:14 $0.99
4. Winter Clothes
1:08 $0.99
5. Snow Is Falling
2:01 $0.99
6. Spring Is A-comin'
1:48 $0.99
7. Thunder and Lightning
1:10 $0.99
8. It Rained a Mist
1:45 $0.99
9. Butterflies
1:48 $0.99
10. 5 Little Bunnies
1:57 $0.99
11. Goin' to the Beach
1:09 $0.99
12. It's Summertime
2:55 $0.99
13. Gotta Get Cool
1:54 $0.99
14. Looking for Whales
2:01 $0.99
15. Fall Is Here
2:34 $0.99
16. Peep Squirrel
2:20 $0.99
17. The Turkey Song
1:46 $0.99
18. Autumn Leaves
1:52 $0.99
19. Seasons Train (Reprise)
2:57 $0.99
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Album Notes
I am a musician, singer/songwriter and teacher. I grew up in a family that loved to sing. Long car-trips were filled with hours of singing old folk, union, civil -rights and peace songs. As a teenager, I went overseas for a year abroad in Israel, and 22 years later, moved back to the United States! During that extended "year," I learned to sing Israeli folk songs, and dance to Palestinian drums and Egyptian violins.

When I began teaching music, I realized that asking children to sit still went against their natural inclination to move. I discovered children learn and appreciate the music better when they are allowed to move.

When my own children were born, I realized that before children can speak, they sing and dance, moving their whole bodies, humming along, often perfectly in tune! This collection of songs is dedicated to the hundreds of children who have danced their way through the seasons with me over the past number of years!

A special thanks to my husband and children.........who put up with my glazed eyes and guitar and piano pounding when I am hatching a new song in my head!



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Brigid Finucane

Dancing Through the Seasons
As an early childhood music teacher it is always a joy to discover a singer/songwriter
like Joanie Calem. Her use of language is poetic, evoking different experiences and
seasons with grace and indelible imagery. Two of the nicest winter songs I’ve heard know are on this collection: ‘Snow is Falling’, built on a simple scale, is light and airy as a snowflake. My 3-5 year old students really took off with it, playing step bells or resonator bars for accompaniment. 'Wintertime', a good rocking song, casts a dreamy spell and captures the beauty of the season. The chorus,‘Wintertime is cold time, slow time, snow time. Winter is the soft time of the year’, perfectly separates the exploration of animals active in winter.
Evocative language is also beautifully used in ‘Looking for Whales’, ‘Butterflies’ and ‘Autumn Leaves.’ The zipper song, ‘Spring Is A-Comin’ and ‘It Rained a Mist’ are welcome songs that greatly expand classroom activities.
Calem is not only a fine wordsmith, she also crafts distinctive, often haunting, melodies.
I would recommend this collection to teachers, parents, and libraries who are open to a unique, non-commercial artist who has wonderful things to share.

Liz Hannan

Dancing Through the Seasons
I have been listening,loving and learning this entire collection so I can teach it all to my 23 classes each week of preschoolers.

I especially enjoy the simplicity of the recording. It takes courage to refrain from enhancing a CD with a lot of background sound effects and orchestration. This CD is pure Joanie Calem!

Her voice is crystal clear which makes it a joy for listening. Her diction is perfect which makes it easy to understand each lyric. These are probably the qualities that made CD BABY compare her to Joan Baez.

Joanie's use of words and choice of key signatures give each song a unique color and texture that create a tapestry of delight.

Bravo, Joanie Calem!

Liz Hannan

Jim Anger: Reading-writing elementary school teacher and childr

Joanie Calem's Dancing Through the Seasons is Children's Folk Music Magic
I absolutely love what Joanie Calem does in this song collection! She really does dance us through the seasons with interesting and descriptive picture-painting lyrics and melodies and song keys that perfectly match the season being depicted. The songs are super singable, which means kids will take to them like puppies love kids! I love train songs! I recognized elements of Seasons Train the first few seconds into the song, and suspected I was going to love the rest of what Joanie had to offer in this album. And I was right!!! And I agree completely with the next two folks who comment on Dancing Through the Seasons; they say it all much better than I can. I live in am a native of north central Wisconsin.
I understand wintertime! The way Joanie sings about it is pure magic in poetry! I love whales and the sea. I knew immediately after hearing Looking for Whales that, as was true of Seasons Train and Wintertime, I was going to have to learn and share this music with my own audiences, -- children and adults alike! We come in on the Seasons Train, and the Seasons Train carries out again to carry on with our lives, knowing we have been greatly enriched by the time we have spent dancing and singing through the seasons with Joanie Calem!