It’s Time to Stay Wide Awake

Composed 1994

After a lullaby-like piano introduction, this syncopated song about staying awake seems to have no end. With each successive verse, the endings grow a bit longer, until the singer tires and the coda arrives with the dawn. 

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Musical Form:

Verse 1
Verse 2
Verse 3

Suggested Uses:

Swing rhythm singing

Performance Options:

Add simple movement to suggest falling asleep as each verse concludes, then waking up to sing the next verse; interpret the ending with movement

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