[A reminder: this video is an electronic rendering of the score, offered to give listeners a sense of the composition. As such, the performance doesn’t include the lyrics — see those below. When a live performance is available, I’ll be removing this video and replacing it with that.]
They’re connected by Zoom, so chaos is assured. This movement tries to portray some events in the day of a virtual kindergartener to her class, with droning bass and tenor, and jumbled/intertwined teacher and student sense (and nonsense). There are three verses. The first portrays a first-time connection with students, the second a “show and tell” with pets. The third incorporates a song with the months of the year sung to the tune of “3 Little Indians.”
All three verses are in Lydian mode, with a repeating figure of cascading up and down parallel fifths.
As soon as we’re all here
We can begin
Be sure your desk is clear
When you log in
Now we all can un-mute
and say our “Hi,”
Yes, Catherine, your dress is cute,
Ben, please don’t cry.
Wait…Quiet! Turn down your volume! Attention!
— Hi, Missus T! Can you hear me? This is fun! Is my mike on? Hey Todd! What’s up?
Okay, that went well,
Time for pet show and tell,
Introduce your dog or cat,
I have mine,
A stuffed animal
Class! Wait, where’s that button?
— Oh, how cute! What kind? (It’s a golden doodle.)
— My cat threw up on the carpet. (Ewe, that’s gross!)
— Wait! I don’t have a pet! (Draw a picture.)
— I have a stuffed penguin. (I don’t see it!)
— My sister got a bunny, but I didn’t.
— Guess what? My goldfish died. We had to flush it.
It’s time to practice the months
Of the year,
Make sure that you can hear.
Un-mute and sing along
With our song.
And then you turn around…
(January, February, March,…etc.)