Chapter 1. Brilliant New Idea
You sit in your second-story bedroom, gazing out of the window onto the garden below -- a garden you’ve known your entire life. In the center stands one large willow tree, tall with outstretched limbs and flowing branches, towering over plants and flowers on all sides. A few Very Small Tomatoes and Eggplants peek out along one edge of the garden like misshapen easter eggs, red, yellow and purple. A pond sits in the center of the garden, covered in lily pads. Once in a while, birds will fly down to visit the pond to bathe and sip the water and play, while dragonflies and bees buzz around. Creatures large and small buzz all around the garden; but from your window above, everything feels still and silent, with only flickers of motion here and there catching a corner of your eye.
It’s early springtime, and you were meant to go on a trip. You were really looking forward to this trip, but at the last minute, a Thing happened and the trip was canceled. You feel disappointed, stuck in your room, wishing you could see your friends. You rest your chin on your arms and stare out of the window onto your familiar garden below, sad and daydreaming. Will I ever be able to go anywhere again, you wonder? You were ready for an adventure, for a chance to see something new, a chance to see more of the big, exciting world! As you sit at your windowsill and let out a sigh, you lay your head on your arms, and you close your eyes...
When you open your eyes, you realize that you are no longer in your bedroom. The sun is shining overhead. You look around, and you are surrounded by a sea of green -- towering plants and grass -- and you smell a sweet, fresh scent. You hear all kinds of noises around you. You look up, and the sunlight peeks at you through the branches of what looks like a tree so large, you cannot even see the top. It sways gently, like a sleeping giant taking deep breaths. You look around, wondering where you could be. Weren’t you just in your bedroom, looking out at the garden? Suddenly, a Flying Being passes overhead, adorned with beautiful colors and shapes. You shake yourself out of a mesmerized state and try to call out to it. It flies overhead, and you say, “hello?” But it passes right by.
This song begins our journey. It’s a reminder that our stories connect us to one another all across the world, and we can go wherever our curiosity leads us through telling and listening to those stories. It opens with the sounds of son jarocho, a folk music tradition from Mexico that I love dearly and dream of learning more one day. Our ‘brilliant new idea’ is to go on this journey through music and song together. We invite you to join us and sing along!
Listen & Create
Go on a sound or song journey of your own! Print out these sheets and draw images from your own personal journeys. Create a story or song from those images.
(The sound journey also works for smells!)
A Music Video!
By Maiko Kikuchi
(green screen by Alice Schoenberg)
See full music video playlist on YouTube
Written by Elena Moon Park
When I was younger i was wise
When i was younger i would rise to hear those morning lullabies
Now I am older I have time
Now i am older i have time to sing those songs of days gone by
Ooh- ooh - ooh... (x2)
I got this brilliant new idea
And it could take us to a world so carefree
Let us wander far and near
And sing those songs and stories
Ooh- ooh- ooh... (x2)
Songs and stories fill the air
Songs and stories we all share on our journey of new ideas
Ooh- ooh - ooh... (x3)
James Moore, banjo
Kyungso Park, gayageum
Yoshi Waki, upright bass
Colin Brooks, drums
Sonia De Los Santos & John Foti, harmonies
Sinuhe Padilla Isunza, guitarra, jaranita & vocal intro
Elena Moon Park, jarana, mandolin, violin, vocal