Thanks to support from the Cancer Coping Center, I am going to make music, drum, and play boomwhackers with kids at Camp Kesem, a camp for kids with a parent who has (or has had) cancer. The camp is a week long, and they do all sorts of fun activities.
I awoke from sleep one night thinking of the perfect pop song for the official Camp Kesem song lyrics. The song has to be COOL if we want the kids to dig it. Hence, I’m introducing the Black Eyed Peas to Boomwhackers. Since none of the video footage of the kids will be made public, we’re sharing this humorous video as a demonstration instead. Enjoy!
I have pre-composed parts for 4 players (2 counselors, and 2 kids), but everyone else can improvise on cue playing boomwhackers in the G pentatonic. We’re going to throw in a chorus of boomwhacker sword fights, then another chorus of boomwhacker train lines. This is perfect for groups of 12 or more. And of course, we’ll record it all for the families’ viewing.
Do you use boomwhackers? Share your own stories, thoughts and comments below!
To play the song with your own group, all you need to get are some boomwhackers and octavator caps. You can peruse more boomwhacker items by checking out the boomwhackers section in my inventory list. You can either use a glockenspiel for part of the melody, or fill in your own words to fit the theme of your group as I’ve done. (See below.)
Here are the official Camp Kesem song lyrics:
Don’t stand in front of me, I may not follow.
Don’t stand behind me, I may not lead.
Just stand beside me, and be my … friend.
We’re here together, at Camp Kesem.
I also have a video for Boomwhackers Gone Gaga!