Category:   MIDDLE LEVEL & JR HIGH
Composer:   Paul Caldwell and Sean Ivory
Arranger:   NA
Publisher:   Hal Leonard
Edition:   00142047
Voicing:   2-Part
Setting:   Accompanied

Reviewer:   

Reid Larsen
Cottage Grove Middle School
R&R Chair Middle Level & Jr High
reid.larsen@gmail.com

Caldwell and Ivory tunes always seem to resonate with singers. “Read ‘Em, John” is an up-tempo piece based on the historic repertoire of “ring shouts” used on the Georgia and South Carolina Sea Islands. This bluesy piece gives opportunity to discuss mode and accidentals. Beyond the numerous teaching points, this is a wonderful piece for your young singers to just sing their little hearts out. The altos can start to experiment with some healthy chest production and the sopranos can soar into their upper range. I suggest going further with the performance and finding a solid drummer and bassist.