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Caterpillars Crawl

A humorous look at the daunting act of "going out on a limb"
Poet/Lyricist: 
Elizabeth Alexander

A thoughtful and humorous look at the difficult and slightly scary process of “going out on a limb,” offering clever, down-to-earth lyrics, delightful text painting, and the opportunity to fly!

Read full review of this song, from Minnesota-ACDA's "Pick Six" Choral Reviews

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Caterpillars Crawl

Lyrics by Elizabeth Alexander

Caterpillars crawl and that's okay for them.
It gets them where they need to go and keeps them slim.
They inch along and roll around,
And pretty much stay on the ground,
And from a very early age they learn to blend right in.
And like I said, that's okay for them.

Caterpillars crawl and that's okay for them.
They rarely think beyond their local flower stem.
Upon their bellies day and night,
They do not often dream of flight.
They live their caterpillar lives and munch on blades of grass.
And like I said, that's okay for them.

Caterpillars crawl and that's okay for them.
Except for some who take a lonely interim.
To search their caterpillar souls,
Imagine ever higher goals,
And nurture what they have inside in hopes of finding more.
And, so to speak, go out on a limb.

Reviews and Responses: 

"St. Paul composer Elizabeth Alexander highlights the unsung life of the caterpillar with a playful piano accompaniment (inching right along...), supporting a very accessible vocal line that is perfectly suited for primary-aged singers. Her imaginative poetry will catch the attention of singers and audience alike.

Young singers will be challenged by the 2/2 and 3/2 meter as well as the syncopation found in the last line of each verse, but the charm of the poetry makes the extra time it takes worth the effort.  The "chmp, chmp, chmp" the singers get to make as the caterpillars munch on blades of grass is just one example of the whimsy to be found in this piece.

But the message here is not simply about caterpillars! There is a wonderful lesson for us all as we sing about those who "search their caterpillar souls, imagine ever higher goals, and nurture what they have inside in hopes of finding more."  We are all looking for music that captures our youngest singers' imaginations, and this one will nurture their spirit as well."  - Ann L. Schrooten, Minnesota-ACDA "Pick Six" Choral Review

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"We performed [Caterpillars Crawl] twice and everyone, especially the kids, loved it.  We talked about what the text means, and how we were alike and different from the caterpillars in the song.  It was a moving experience for all."  - Marjorie Herman, Director of Music, Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Princeton (Princeton, NJ)

Performers: 

Children's Choir of First Unitarian Church - Elizabeth Alexander, conductor (Ithaca, NY)   * Premiere
Angelica Cantanti Children's Chorus Cantabile Choir - Ann Schrooten, conductor (Bloomington, MN)
Children's Choir of First Unitarian Universalist Church of Nashville - Jason Shelton, conductor (Nashville, TN)
Children's Choir of Unitarian Universalist Church of Fullerton - Judi Herz, conductor (Fullerton, CA)
Children's Choir of Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Princeton - Marjorie Herman, conductor (Princeton, NJ)
Choir of Orange Coast Unitarian Universalist Church - Beth Nakao Syverson, conductor (Glenside, PA)
Choral Leadership Academy - Rodney Eichenberger (Fresno, CA)

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