Sunday, April 29, 2007

Jenny Jenkins, Clothes Horse

On Friday, I made felt-board pieces for the song "Jenny Jenkins." On Saturday, I brought them to debut at the birthday-party gig I donated to Lucia's school auction.



I think "Jenny Jenkins" was the favorite song at the birthday party gig. The audience was small enough that every child got to offer a dress to Jenny Jenkins, only to have Jenny Jenkins petulantly reject the color. Every singer has his or her own favorite rhymes for the colors of the clothes, as well as variations on the silly part of the song. Here is my own version of the chorus:

I'll buy me a downy-dilly, silly-silky
picalilli roly-poly bowl to find me
Roll, Jenny Jenkins, roll.


Note that Jenny Jenkins herself is a teddy bear. The grownups at the party appreciated the pun when I sang, "Oh, what do you care if I just go bare?" after Jenny Jenkins rejected every dress in her wardrobe. I got the idea from the book-and-tape set, What Will You Wear Jenny Jenkins? by Jerry Garcia and David Grisman, illustrated by Bruce Whatley.

9 comments:

Lady K said...

What a cute idea!!!

HipWriterMama said...

I bet the kids had a rockin' time!

Alkelda the Gleeful said...

Thanks! I think the kids did have a good time. There was one girl who said, "Another story!" after I finished each one.

adrienne said...

Another idea for me to steal -- perfect! :)

Alkelda the Gleeful said...

Adrienne: Excellent! That's exactly why I post these things.

adrienne said...

Stealing ideas from one another is a time-honored tradition among those who work with children. If we didn't do it, we'd all find ourselves standing in front of large groups of kiddies wondering what to do next. :)

Lone Star Ma said...

How neat!

a.k.a. Zooomabooma said...

Heya, if you like the song Jenny Jenkins by Jerry & David Grisman, you should really seek out the entire album it's on -- Not For Kids Only. It's an amazing collection of banjo & mandolin sung ever so sweetly.

Alkelda the Gleeful said...

Zooomabooma: Thanks! Now, because of iTunes, I can go and do just that. I listened to the album years ago, but "Jenny Jenkins" was the one that stood out for me. I should give it another whirl...